Essay author Skip Sievert October-14-09

Technocracy & Progressive liberal theory What is the Technocracy technate movement? How does it differ from the Progressive liberal or Libertarian movement in North America? More on Technocracy's origin Energy survey of North America What is Technocracy? Technocracy movement and an information site The term "Price System" is an economic term used by Technocracy Incorporated to describe any economic system whatsoever that effects its distribution of goods and services by means of a system of trade or commerce based on commodity valuation and employing any form of debt tokens, or money, and which attempts to balance supply and demand of resources and purchasing power in a class system using money. Capitalism, Communism and Socialism all use Price Systems and are based on the labor theory of value. Modern economics is rooted in the 18th. century publication of Adams Smith's Wealth of Nations book published at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Those ideas hearken back further to Mesopotamia and the Middle East origins of the Price System. Except for possible remote and primitive communities, all current societies use the price system method to allocate resources and distribute goods to consumers. Tech.Inc., a research and educational group, advocates energy economics, non-market economics, using energy [28] accounting. Energy Accounting is an economic system based on ideas from the Technocracy Study Course and the Technical Alliance, which forms the basis of the ideas connected with Technocracy and thermodynamics. That method is further described as to origin and history here in the subject of Biophysical economics. More links to Technocracy related information: Technocracy

technate design. Historic aspects of the technate design Thermoeconomic concepts of government Social Movements The rise of the Technocracy movement occurred around the transition time of the Hoover administration into that of Franklin Roosevelts administration. The Technocrats advocated a non-market economics system based on energy accounting, and a non political approach [86] (biophysical economics) to governance. Technocracy holds that all politics and all economic arrangements based on the Price System (i.e., based on traditional economic theory) are antiquated. Also, that building a successful modern government can be based on engineering principles. "Production for use," is meant as a contrast to production for profit in a capitalist system or other political Price System. Production for use became a slogan for many of the radical-left movements of the era also. Upton Sinclair, among others, affirmed his belief in "production for use" and the Technocrats briefly made common cause with Sinclair, and even Huey Long, in California. But the Technocrats were not of the political left, as they held every political and economic system, from the left to the right, to be unsound, and a throwback to a period of low energy conversion and hand crafted production, and control of society to various special interest groups connected with belief systems rather than using a science approach to problem solving. Much of what the early Technocrats conceived in their energy aspects of thinking and systems theory thinking, has been adopted now by mainstream thought connected to Environmental and Ecological economics. Sustainability issues now threaten human survival, and resource destruction... for the desultory purpose of upholding an antique social system... has become a threat to humankind. The technocrats correctly foresaw this development, and invented a viable alternative social system as a replacement for a political Price System approach. The technate design is secular, non partisan and humanitarian and based on equal consuming rights for all citizens using science methods, with

sustainability, as an underlying concept. The Technocracy Monad logo represents balance. As a mass movement its real center was California, where it claimed half a million members in 1934. Technocracy counted among its admirers such people as the novelist H.G. Wells, the author Theodore Dreiser and the economist Thorstein Veblen. Among the collection of movements of the 1930s, the Technocracy movement survives into the present day and as a social movement, ideas connected to restructuring society in this way, have become notable again. This mostly has happened because of changes in availability of information, due [87] to the internet. Liberalism or progressive liberal thought Some American liberals, who call themselves classical liberals, neoliberals, or libertarians, support the liberal ideals of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and separation of church and state, but also believe that economic freedom is important, and that for the government to provide social welfare provisions [3] exceeds the legitimate role of government. The term liberalism, without a qualifier, in the United States today usually refers to modern liberalism, a political philosophy exemplified by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, and Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. It is a form of social liberalism, whose accomplishments include the WPA and the Social Security Act in 1935, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Liberals share a belief in individual rights, representative democracy, and the rule of law. Technocracy as a non political non oligarchic design ''As far as Technocracy was concerned, both attitudes of the so-called radical left and reactionary right were all alike, mere misadventures in the hostilities of the oncoming social conflict. Technocracy never was for the workers against the capitalists, or for the capitalists against the workers.'' -- Howard Scott: History and Purpose of Technocracy

``Our principal constraints are cultural. During the last two centuries we have known nothing but exponential growth and in parallel we have evolved what amounts to an exponentialgrowth culture, a culture so heavily dependent upon the continuance of exponential growth for its stability that it is incapable of reckoning with problems of nongrowth: Hubbertpeak M. King Hubbert ``The injection of monetary concepts into all discussions of national wealth and income wholly confuses the people as to the actual issues at stake, and furthermore serve as a handy screen behind which, with a little word juggling, the businesspolitical operators of the Price System can continue their profitable activities without being too greatly embarrassed by outside interference. It is high time that the significance of national wealth and income be understood by every citizen on the North American Continent --Howard Scott So, the basic ideas of government in a political Price System are contrary to technocratic ideas. Progressive liberal ideas mostly are in opposition to technocratic ideas because technocracy endorses a science based non political government, sometimes referred to as an administration of science. That would mean that referendum voting on issues of opinion, or ethics (democracy voting) in the form of then making that a contract or law would not occur in a technate. Instead, our current type of judiciary would no longer operate and trained persons would arbiter disputes, violence or sabotage in a technate. No person could be denied their basic consuming rights. No group, (faction or special interest) because of numbers in that group (democracy) could enforce a belief system by contract. The following is an essay by Dean D. Cameron, Technate design: Some basic facts which explains the role of special interest groups in the political Price System. Another technocratic explanation of the American Political Price System. Using our current system will not work in the future for

multiple reasons as this essay connector points out Technate design, an idea for now. The most glaring reason being energy conversion and technology methods having replaced the older concept of human labor, measuring productivity, to gain purchasing power benefits. Human labor accounts for very little energy in regard to making society work in the current high energy conversion level we are in. Technology and energy conversion have taken over that role though we still use an antiquated political price system as a default societal template to operate society. That ends in real disaster unless changed, because the political Price System values money (debt tokens) above all else. As we approached and have now gone beyond sustainable limits... consequences mount using this careless method which depends on exponential growth. Technology destroys the Price System, an overview video of this idea, Arvid Pederson on the Technocracy technate design. A brief history of the Political Price System in regard to contract society or civil society Money, History & Energy Accounting A file copy of the unabridged Technocracy Study Course. The technate design is located in the last two chapters of the T. S. C.-Pdf.file. Help yourself to a file copy of the Study Course book, which is open source. Some further information on the Geo scientist M. King Hubbert main author of the Technocracy Study Course and author of Man-hours and distribution M. King Hubbert and an example of the basic idea of energy accounting Environmental decision making science and technology. More general information about the Technocracy Technate program Technocracy link farm page A file of this page Technocracy & Progressive Liberal Theory

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