There has been a long time since the beginnings of Technocracy, according to Patrick Wood, the Technocrats were starting calling themselves so, around year 1930.
The term technocracy was originally used to advocate the application of the scientific method to solving social problems.
In 1938, the diary The Technocrat exposes the following description of technocracy:
"Technocracy is the science of social Engineering, the scientific operation of the entire social mechanism to produce and distribute goods and services to the entire population".
During the early years of the acquisition of Technocracy by the fact powers ruling economic forces, the movement was pushed forward publicly by the American economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen was an early advocate of technocracy, and was involved in the Technical Alliance as was Howard Scott and M. King Hubbert (who later developed the theory of peak oil).
One of the most prominent authors early alerting about the obscure principles underlying this movement, Richard N. Gardner, wrote A hard Road to World Order, quite controversial article even nowadays. In this article we can find the quote:
“We are witnessing an outbreak of shortsighted nationalism that seems oblivious to the economic, political and moral implications of interdependence.… The ‘house of world order’ will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down…, an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault…”
The Hard Road to World Order, Foreign Affairs, April 1974
The following Patrick Wood's presentation, exposes a bit of Technocracy history, the early founders of the movement and several details to clearly get the state of this serious "thinking" spreading today:
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