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Defining Technocracy and the Technocrat

I was watching Meet the Press and during the round table discussion between Robin Wright, William Safire, John Hardwood, and David Broder, they kept using the term "technocrat". I had zero understanding of the term and decided to look into it a bit.

First the boring dictionary definitions.

technocracy - tech`noc´ra`cy
    Noun 1. technocracy - a form of government in which scientists and technical experts are in control.
    A form of government, political system - the members of a social organization who are in power
technocrat - tech´no`crat
    Noun 1. technocrat - an expert who is a member of a highly skilled elite group
    elite, elite group - a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status
    expert - a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
    2. technocrat - an advocate of technocracy
    pol, political leader, politico, politician - a person active in party politics
Further Understanding.

Direct quotes from

The Attributes of a Technocratic Society
    1. A thoroughly scientific method of control of the technology of our continent.
    2. Democratic controls for all non-technical issues and decisions.
    3. Removal of methods of scarcity such as money, debt, value, and interest.
    4. Replacement of these methods with an empirical accounting of all physical resources, products, and services (called Energy Accounting).
    5. Productive capacity many orders of magnitude higher than currently possible, without requiring any new equipment.
    6. Decrease in human labor required to produce these amounts through proper use of automation.
    7. Higher standard of living for ALL citizens in terms of income, housing, health care, education, and leisure.
    8. Elimination or vast reduction of various social ills, such as poverty, crime, pollution, insecurity, and disease.
Stated Goals
    1. The highest possible standard of living for all citizens
    2. Reducing the amount of work required to produce this abundance to the minimum required by using machines to do as much as possible .
    3. Providing a Sustainable Economy by employing several methods, including:
    a. Minimizing waste of resources, natural and otherwise.
    b. Minimizing if not eliminating pollution and other forms of environmental damage.
    c. Using a non-fluctuating economic method of distribution such as Energy Accounting.
    4. Providing all citizens with the maximum latitude in choice of goods and services
    5. Providing social programs free of charge and of the highest quality possible given current technology, including health care and education, to all citizens
    6. Providing adequate defense and security of all citizens without unduly restricting the rights of the individual.
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posted by: Brian Scott

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