DEFINITION OF OMNIOCRACY

 

 om·ni·oc·ra·cy  - [om-nee-ok-ruh-see]
         - noun, plural -cies

        1.  Government for all living beings; a form of government in which the supreme power is exercised by elected representatives whose responsibility it is to equally consider the interests of all living beings; a form of government in which all living beings are constituents.

         2. A political system based upon the philosophical principle of giving value and consideration to all living beings within a community.

          Term originated by Dr. Charlotte Laws in the 1980s. She discusses the idea in her book Armed for Ideological Warfare, Rebel in High Heels, Uncaged and Animals and the Environment: Advocacy, activism and the quest for common ground; and in articles, such as "From Democracy to Omniocracy." She argues that democracy is an elite and unjust form of government that ignores the interests of the truly powerless and voiceless members of society, namely nonhuman animals.