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Time for A Technocracy?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:31 pm    Post subject: Time for A Technocracy? Reply with quote

What’s a Technocrat?

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An expert, not a politician. Technocrats make decisions based on specialized information rather than public opinion. For this reason, they are sometimes called upon when there’s no popular or easy solution to a problem (like, for example, the European debt crisis). The word technocrat derives from the Greek tekhne, meaning skill or craft, and an expert in a field like economics can be as much a technocrat as one in a field more commonly thought to be technological (like robotics).

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2011/11/technocrats_and_the_european_debt_crisis_what_s_a_technocrat_.html


Of all the persuasions of politics being ladled upon us -- Libs and Cons, Democrats and Republicans, reading about technocrats makes me wonder isn't this what we need to solve the problems.

The apolitical politician? Is such a thing possible. It seems that (as Hansen notes in several articles here) debate has descended into name calling. In the end, this type of demolition derby contributes to problems where only a few winners remain (as in a poker tournament, or a paintball competition, see YRIHF's articles on competing with idiots and lottery winners).

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Technocracy advocates contend that price system based forms of government and economy are structurally incapable of effective action, and promoted a more rational and productive type of society headed by technical experts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technocracy_movement


In a technocracy, the numbers are "managed". That is a spooky word for free marketeers, but more and more having worked in the market over the decades, it does seem to me that unmanaged prices lead to very large imbalances as well. The pretext for a free market is perfect information...but that almost never happens. And if you introduce the idea of "better" information...that there are some people who see things better tan others...well, its 52 pickup at that point.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another Technocracy link, this one to an information clearinghouse:

The North American Technate TNAT
http://technatedesign-tnat.blogspot.com/

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Obsolete System

The Price System grew out of the days of scarcity, when trading crude materials or stealing them, was the only way in which humans could acquire articles desired. I am the Price System -essay.

Through complex ramifications the trading system has grown until it is now the overwhelming structure of finance, business commerce, and politics, in short, the Price System is a gigantic structure, but still just a method of exchanging goods, springing from the ancient custom and necessity of barter. Money-history&energy accounting. No intention or pretense is made of accurate measurement or control; no physical accounting is involved; no accurate predictions can be made; and no stabilization can be assured. The Price System is simply a method of erratic exchange. In scarcity it sufficed well enough as an exchange method; in abundance it cannot even do that. Price System Politics.

The dislocation of the commodity exchange method of distributing goods and services became apparent after World War 1. The disrupted conditions at that time led to a scientific investigation which in turn proved that the only common denominator of all goods and services was energy. History and Purpose of Technocracy. Howard Scott.

The scientists who pointed this out simply proposed to measure the total amount of energy used by the North American Continent in a given period : measure the energy cost of physical production and services: and use these measurements as the basis for regulation of all Continental production and distribution. The Energy Certificate/Energy Accounting system.
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