Technocracy is Economics
Some people wonder why I write about Technocracy when the main focus of Findings & Forecasts is the economy. Let me be clear about this: Technocracy is an economic system (with political and social overtones) that is being increasingly implemented in the United States and around the world. It demands our attention and scrutiny, especially since there has been no public policy or economic debate whatsoever. It cannot be debated if there is no identification or larger recognition.
Technocracy as an economic theory was formalized in the 1930’s by a group known as Technocracy, Inc. Founded by M. King Hubbard (the Peak Oil Theory guy in the 1950’s) and Howard Scott (a pseudo-engineer and promoter), Technocracy was carefully defined in a widely published work, Technocracy Study Course. Designed to be administrated by scientists, engineers and technicians, Technocracy insisted that politicians were not capable of making good decisions about technology they knew nothing about.
When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected in 1933 on his “New Deal” platform, the only other likely platform would have been Technocracy. It was lucky for us that FDR rejected the utopian goals of Technocracy for a greatly watered down version in his so-called New Deal.
Henry Porter, author of Roosevelt and Technocracy in 1932, declared “Just as the Reformation established Religious Freedom, just as the Declaration of Independence brought about our Political Freedom, Technocracy promises Economic Freedom.” [Foreward, iii] Among other things, Porter proposed to abolish the gold standard, suspend the stock exchanges, and nationalize public utilities, after which he concluded,
“And then, a national awakening which, overnight, may well be expected to herald the news to every corner of the nation of the inauguration of the ‘new deal’ by FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT — DICTATOR. Drastic as these changes from the present order of things may be, they will serve their purpose if only to pave the way for the Economic Revolution — and TECHNOCRACY.” [caps in original]
In this writer’s considered opinion, Porter’s envisioned “Economic Revolution” foreshadowed the Trilateral Commission’s self-imposed mandate to create a “New International Economic Order” in 1973. Trilateral co-founder Brzezinski’s seminal work, Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, was little more than a paraphrased version of 1930’s Technocracy.
If Technocracy is indeed asserting itself on today’s economic affairs, then it should become the hottest and most debated topic of the day — but it is not! That’s why this writer continues to present evidence that shows it is not only asserting itself, but it is rapidly coming to dominate the entire globalized economic system.
H.R. 624 — Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)
CISPA passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 227 – 192 on April 17, and has now moved on to the Senate. The legislation was co-authored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD), and ostensibly came from almost identical legislation that was rejected in April 2012. There were 37 co-sponsors.
The essence of CISPA is that it gives blanket permission to private companies to share customers’ private data with the government. The private company cannot be legally compelled by the government to provide data if it chooses to not to. The biggest obstacle now removed is “exemption from liability,” where a company can be sued blind for revealing secret and private data to anyone, including the government. On page 20, the bill states,
(3) EXEMPTION FROM LIABILITY
“(A) EXEMPTION. — No civil or criminal cause of action shall lie or be maintained in Federal or State court against a protected entity, self-protected entity, cybersecurity provider, or an officer, employee, or agent of a protected entity, self-protected entity, or cybersecurity provider, acting in good faith…”
Given that cybersecurity events are happening on a 24x7 basis, once the government is tapped into a private data pool, it could maintain a continuous and real-time transfer of data to government super-computers, such as the new NSA data center currently nearing completion in Utah. This new computer center is reportedly capable of storing 5 zettabytes of data, where one zettabyte is defined as 10 to the 21st power. As of 2012, no computer in the world had yet achieved even one zettabyte of storage.
How big is a zettabyte? A technology reporter suggested that one zettabyte is the equivalent of 62 million stacked iPhone 5’s that would stretch past the moon. International Data Corporation estimates that all current global data grew to 2.7 zettabytes in 2012, so the NSA center will literally be able to hold all existing digital information in the world, with years of room to grow.
If this legislation eventually passes in the Senate, the skids are greased to aggregate all data on every person in the United States. In spite of claims portending to fight terrorism or cybercrime, CISPA is the largest data grab in the history of the world.
How will data be collected? The feeder system is already in place.
Between 2003 – 2007, the Department of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the FBI and CIA, have already established a network of 53 primary “fusion centers” around the nation. According to the DHS website,
“Primary fusion centers serve as the focal points within the state and local environment for the receipt, analysis, gathering, and sharing of threat-related information and have additional responsibilities related to the coordination of critical operational capabilities across the statewide fusion process with other recognized fusion centers. Furthermore, primary centers are the highest priority for the allocation of available federal resources, including the deployment of personnel and connectivity with federal data systems.” [emphasis added]
These fusion centers cultivate relationships with private enterprises in order to shovel information to and between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. While some defend the existence of these fusion centers, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs permanent subcommittee on investigations released a scathing 141 page report that stated, “In reality, the Subcommittee investigation found that the fusion centers often produced irrelevant, useless or inappropriate intelligence reporting to DHS, and many produced no intelligence reporting whatsoever.”
If fusion centers do nothing useful to combat terrorism, then why are they allowed to continue and what are they really doing? Simply put, they are the feeder points for the massive data collection effort being pushed by the Federal government.
You may wonder, what does this have to do with Technocracy? Well, everything. Three of the core requirements that are necessary to implement Technocracy are found in that 1932 document, Technocracy Study Course:
- “Provide a continuous inventory of all production and consumption
- “Provide a specific registration of the type, kind, etc., of all goods and services, where produced and where used
- “Provide specific registration of the consumption of each individual, plus a record and description of the individual.” [Scott, Howard et al, Technocracy Study Source, p. 232]
These requirements are about to be met in full for the first time in history: Full, unimpeded flow of all personal data and communications to a central processing authority.
This is Technocracy. It is not capitalism, communism or fascism even though it has some resemblance to each. It is totalitarian. It is not run by elected politicians or representatives of the people of the nation, but rather by scientists, engineers and technicians who have their own agenda for societal engineering.— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — – Note: Additional content on this page is available only to Premium subscribers of Findings & Forecasts.
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