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May 14, 2012

What is Technocracy?

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Technocracy is the concept of government by technicians, i.e. scientists and engineers, who would oversee and administrate  government and the economy.

The framework for a North American Technate (an institutionalized and operational technocracy) was formulated in the early twentieth century by an influential group called Technocracy Incorporated.  This group eventually published a Technocracy Study Course in the mid-1930’s, noted below.

Excerpt from the Technocracy Study Course: “Technocracy is dealing with social phenomena in the widest sense of the word; this includes not only actions of human beings, but also everything which directly or indirectly affects their actions.  Consequently, the studies of Technocracy embrace practicably the whole field of science and industry.  Biology, climate, natural resources, and industrial equipment all enter into the social picture;” (page ix)

A Technate does not recognize God, individual rights,  representative government,  or national boundaries.  There is no constitution – the blueprint for a Technate is based on functional systems.

A Technate, as described, holds sway over all the resources of its extended territory, from minerals to man; it considers all types and classes of production and methods of distribution, and determines how much energy would and should be consumed in the process.

[NOTE: In Technocracy’s worldview, resources include humans; human beings are considered animals – organisms that derive their food from other organisms.  Subject to the evolution process, and because humans are intimately involved in both production and consumption of energy, technocrats believe that it is appropriate to modify or “enhance” the human organism by scientific means (including genetic), to improve their performance. Read: Designing the Future: NBIC Technologies and Human Performance Enhancement, by James Canton, Ph.D. The activities and schemes detailed in this document could explain why Personhood efforts fail.  Pair this with ‘transhumanism’ and one begins to get the picture.]

Technocrats believe it is their job to balance production and consumption; this involves moving from the current “price-based” system (or whatever it is we currently operate with), to a system based on energy consumption – for instance, a “carbon” based currency system.

Originally, the technocrats envisioned issuing an Energy Certificate to each person at birth.  When that person used up all his pre-determined energy credits, well,  that would be it for him – no more energy allotment.

Goodbye, Bob.

Never Waste a Good Crisis

Technocracy was being promoted during the time a great financial crisis was facing the nation – the great Depression. Technocracy was offered up as a solution to the country’s ills.  The establishment of a Technate (government by technical experts) was seen as way out of what seemed an insurmountable problem. According to Patrick Wood, FDR was offered the position of ‘dictator’ over the proposed Technate, but refused.

We can expect that same pattern of behavior will repeat itself – a great financial crisis, followed by calls for an immediate solution.  Scripture says there is nothing new under the sun and efforts by man to control and dominate the affairs of others continues. The groundwork for a type of Technate has already been laid – all that is needed is the right ‘crisis’ to launch it.

The Course Book

The Technocracy Study Course book, produced by Technocracy Incorporated, was published in New York in 1934, 1935 and 1936, and in Canada in 1937 and 1938.  The digital copy was made available in 2008. (See below for links).

When you read through this Study Course, make special note of Lesson 20, The Nature of Human Animal, and Lesson 21, Technocracy: The Design.

After reading these chapters, a lot of what is happening today is made clearer – including liberty-killing sustainable development plans, schemes to control production and consumption; land and water use restrictions; health care and education reform; the purpose of Smart Meters and the Smart Grid; data collection systems and surveillance technologies; government “modernization” efforts that will lead to the outsourcing of government functions;  open borders and the disregard of constitutional government; and the rising up of a technocratic elite as ‘enterprise administrators’.

Comments below are from the Community Books website at http://archive.org/details/TechnocracyStudyCourseUnabridged

Technocracy Study Course

Author: M. King Hubbert
Keywords: Technocracy Study Course; Energy Accounting; Howard Scott; M. King Hubbert; TNAT; The North American Technate; Energy Certificate;
Language: English
Collection: opensource


A complete digital scan of the Technocracy Study Course. This copy by TNAT The North American Technate. Google Technocracy technate for more associated information.

This is the 1945 edition. The last two chapters of this book contain the Technate design for North America.. the complete appendix.. after the design chapters.. are presented also.

The Technocracy Study Course introduces basic concepts of science, then relates those concepts to the idea of a scientific social design, secular and humanitarian, creative and life enhancing when the Price System abstract value system is not used, but energy accounting is.

The design based on the metrics of energy.. is the viable alternative to the present system referred to as a Price System. The Technate design precludes special interest groups. It is not a political system.

Investigate Technate design for an actual alternative system based on sustainable abundance within the context of our resource base.

Go to the upper left area where it says ”view the book” and click on the blue Pdf. to open this book. This book can also be read online by clicking that option.

Creative Commons license: Public Domain



  1. ‎”””””Scripture says there is nothing new under the sun and efforts by man to control and dominate the affairs of others continues”””””

    Funny you can see a pretty contradictory claim from this 1933 Adventist article entitled “Technocracy: Are We Headed for Prosperity or Chaos?”

    “Their findings are based on carefully-collected statistics, and simple calculations, so strictly mathematical that the possibility of error seems almost excluded. In this magazine we have often emphasized the phenomenal increase of knowledge which has taken place during the past century, showing that it is a fulfilment of Holy Scripture. During the last hundred years, declare Mr. Scott and his colleagues, with steam and electricity, “we have multiplied our energy resources 9,000,000 times. Of this acceleration, 8,766,000 has occurred since 1900.” ”


    There was a time in American history, and still is in local areas, when one of the principal popular pastimes was arguing about the Bible. These discussions were of the nature of a game in which one contestant stated some proposition and then quoted the appropriate Scripture to prove it. The other contestant dissented strongly from the proposition as stated, and proceeded to disprove it by quoting some other equally authoritative but completely contradictory Scripture. The fundamental premise upon which the validity of this game depended, and which was accepted implicitly by all parties to the discussion, was that all portions of the Bible were strictly and literally correct and not to be questioned.

    This “literal infallibility” clause led to so many absurdities and contradictions to everyday physical fact, that there arose a reform school composed of those who Insisted that the game could be played with much more subtlety and sophistication if the “literal infallibility” clause were removed from the basic premise and a new clause adopted stating that it was the “spirit” rather than the “letter” of the Scriptures which was infallible. The game as played with this latter variation was infinitely more flexible and varied than its predecessor, for it then permitted each contestant to decide for himself just what the “spirit” in the case might be.

    If anyone questioned or refused to accept the fundamental premise, either in its primitive or revised form, upon which the validity of the game depended, the game then was seen to be merely a childish and relatively harmless pastime, having no more significance than any other equally childish pastime.

    Gradually it became customary for the better informed to refuse to accept the basic premise of the Scripture-quoting game, and to look with some disdain upon those who still insisted upon playing it. The result was that the game gradually lost prestige and passed out of vogue.

    Recently, however, it has been succeeded by an exactly analogous game played by the same rules except that the Constitution has been substituted for the Bible, and the argument centers around whether or not any Federal activity is in accordance with or contrary to the Federal Constitution. just as in the case of the Bible, the basic premise upon which the validity of the whole discussion rests is the infallibility of the Constitution for meeting any conceivable social needs that may arise in the United States at any time in the indefinite future. But since, just as in the case of the Bible, a “literal infallibility” clause leads to too many obvious and immediate contradictions, it has been found necessary, in order not to have the game disrupted prematurely, to substitute the “spirit” for the “letter” in the basic premise. With this substitution the fundamental premise now reads: It is entirely within the spirit of the Constitution of the United States for the Federal Government to take whatever action it may deem necessary to meet any present or future social emergency that may arise in the United States.

    Granting this premise, the game then consists of some one’s saying that some action or other is entirely in accordance with the “spirit” of the Constitution, and then invoking this “spirit” along with some of the spirits of the founding fathers to prove the point. The opposition then makes its rejoinder by calling upon its particular set of pet “spirits” to prove the converse to be true, and so on ad nauseum.

    – Marion King Hubbert, The Spirit of the Constitution


    Comment by Technocracy Technate Tnat — July 25, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

  2. […] our prior post entitled What is Technocracy? and click on the Technocracy Study Course text to see evidence of this […]

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    Comment by smipp Ltd. — May 27, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

  4. Why would you believe that scientists aren’t subject to corruption the same as any businessman?

    Why would you believe that scientists would have the best interests of all people as opposed to their own interests in terms of their own field of interest (i.e. biology, eugenics, gene therapy. At the global level there are 6 billion test subjects – disposable humans for experimentation).

    Is democracy really a good system when the majority of people are barely literate?

    A world system? A single decision for all the world’s people? How does one size fit’s all work in the United States?

    Here is a sample of a dictatorial system:

    You will go back to school and you will study totalitarian systems and write a report on how it worked out for the majority of people. You can start by reading a book called Captive Rumania and the Black Book of Communism. I want you to read about People’s Revolution of Red China.

    Write an article about what you’ve learned when you finish studying.

    Your Most Humble Servant and Benevolent Dictator


    Comment by Vicky Davis — May 16, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

  5. I understand the fear of a dictatorial world system, but what do you feel about a more scientific system (allowing for democracy)? And would a world system, whatever it is, really be a bad thing?

    Comment by Neural Outlet.. — May 16, 2012 @ 5:42 am

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