I’m surprised we don’t hear this word more often. It came out of the discussion on my previous post. I thought it might be original because I don’t recall hearing it before.

But, it is a word and it means what I wanted it to. It means:

the tendency toward extension of the role of government

I think too often discussions in this country go off track because of the “What is it?” red herring. That is, we spend a lot of time trying to fit societies and what people believe into existing -isms like socialism, capitalism, fascism, communism, etc.

But, often these -isms don’t quite fit.

Maybe using the word governmentalism will help keep discussion on track.