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Miriam
Technocracy

The other day I listened to an interesting podcast in English. It's called: Dead Ideas  - The Podcast of Extinct Thoughts and Practices. In the episode, that I was listening to, they discussed the idea of Technocracy that had a high time in the 1930s in the US: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/b-t-newberg/dead-ideas/e/53748815

Here's an excerpt from Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technocracy):

"Technocracy is a system of governance where decision-makers are selected on the basis of their expertise in their areas of responsibility, particularly scientific knowledge. This system explicitly contrasts with the notion that elected representatives should be the primary decision-makers in government, though it does not necessarily imply eliminating elected representatives. Leadership skills for decision-makers are selected on the basis of specialized knowledge and performance, rather than political affiliations or parliamentary skills.

The term technocracy was originally used to advocate the application of the scientific method to solving social problems. Concern could be given to sustainability within the resource base, instead of monetary profitability, so as to ensure continued operation of all social-industrial functions. In its most extreme sense technocracy is an entire government run as a technical or engineering problem and is mostly hypothetical. [...]

In 1932, Howard Scott and Marion King Hubbert founded Technocracy Incorporated, and proposed that money be replaced by energy certificates. The group argued that apolitical, rational engineers should be vested with authority to guide an economy into a thermodynamically balanced load of production and consumption, thereby doing away with unemployment and debt."

Even though the Technocracy movement quickly lost support in the 1930s Technocracy Inc still exists: http://www.technocracyinc.org/

Have you heard of the Technocracy movement before? Would Technocracy be applicable nowadays?

Mar 30, 2018 10:44 AM
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These days, the adjective "technocratic" is often applied to intergovernmental institutions like the WHO, which aren't tied to the political system of any single country.  It is also applied to a pragmatic/centrist/data-driven leadership style which steers clear of both ideology and populism.  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Angela Merkel are often described as "technocratic".  EU consolidation was described by many people as being technocratic, and the fact that it failed to deliver on many of its promises is often used as a criticism of technocratic approaches.  A related idea is "meritocracy", wherein you try to promote intelligent and capable people into leadership, but pay less attention to their technical expertise.

Personally, I am reasonably happy with the American system, where major policies are set by elected representatives, but execution of those policies is delegated to technocratic/meritocratic government agencies.
March 30, 2018

Thanks a lot, Chris for your contribution. Actually, I thought that this would be quite a controversial topic but all the attention goes to the marital rape discussion...

I deliberately left out the definition of technocratic that you are mentioning here because I was interested in the takes of other people about Technocracy as a kind of utopian society.

Yes, I can see why Angela Merkel is called technocratic and it actually works quite well for Germany.

March 30, 2018
Miriam
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