Technocracy and the Smart Grid: A New Scientific Dictatorship

(suite101) Learn about the Technocrats who wanted to develop a scientific dictatorship in the 1930s, and how their agenda is now coming into action.

In 1933, Howard Scott and M. King Hubbard founded Technocracy Incorporated. Originating at Columbia University, Technocracy Inc. called for an end to democracy and instead for a government ruled by technical experts, whereby science would control all decision-making. It is the very type of scientific dictatorship that is described in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and George Orwell’s 1984.

Specifically, the aims of Technocracy Inc, as stated in their Technocracy Study Course included the following:

  • Reg­ister on a con­tin­uous 24-hour-per-day basis the total net con­ver­sion of energy.
  • By means of the reg­is­tra­tion of energy con­verted and con­sumed, make pos­sible a bal­anced load.
  • 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 use.
  • Pro­vide spe­cific reg­is­tra­tion of the con­sump­tion of each indi­vidual, plus a record and descrip­tion of the indi­vidual.

Technocracy Inc. became hugely popular for a brief period during the Great Depression, with over 500,000 members at one stage, and remains in existence today. The objectives of the movement can largely be divided into two related elements. Firstly, an end to government run by democratically elected officials, replaced by one run by appointed engineers, scientists, and technicians. Secondly, the replacement of the price-based economic system to a system based upon energy distribution and consumption.

The Development of Technocracy

By the time of World War II, it appeared that the Technocracy movement had died a death. However, the principles of Technocracy continued to be propagated in the halls of academia at Columbia University, and were espoused in 1970 when one its professor’s, Zbigniew Brzezinski published his book Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era.

It was following the publication of this book that David Rockfeller chose Zbigniew Brzezinski to be the co-founder of the Trilateral Commission, with a goal to create a New International Economic Order.

In his 1981 book Critical Path, author and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller, promoted the concept of a global energy network. He states that, “This world elec­tric grid, with its omni-integrated advan­tage, will deliver its elec­tric energy any­where, to anyone, at any one time, at one common rate. This will make a world-around uni­form costing and pricing system for all goods and ser­vices based real­is­ti­cally on the time-energy meta­bolic accounting system of Universe.”

Buckminster Fuller is credited by the Global Energy Network Institute as being the conceptual father of the global smart grid, a digitally devised electronic power grid currently being developed globally to replace the national power grids, and which functions in such a way as to fulfill all the objectives of Technocracy Inc.

Technocrats Appointed to Govern Nations

While the Soviet Union has been described as the world’s first Technocratic government due to the numbers of engineers brought into the Communist Party, in more recent times there have been a number of Technocratic appointees placed in as leaders of EU countries without being voting in by the public.

A case in point is Italy, which had several Technocratic appointees to lead the country during an economic crisis in the 1990s. In November 2011, the word ‘Technocracy’ became widely used within the mainstream press, following the appointment of prime ministers Mario Monti in Italy and Lucas Papademos in Greece.

The Smart Grid: Monitoring and Controlling Your Energy Consumption

The technology need to fulfill all Technocracy’s requirements, as stated in the Technocracy Study Course, was not available in the 1930s, although the pioneers of Technocracy envisioned that such technology would eventually be developed. Today the technology is available and the goals of Technocracy are well on their way to becoming met, through the implementation of the smart grid.

The smart grid is an initiative that aims to redesign the existing power grid into a new digitally enabled electric grid that gathers, distributes and acts on information about the behavior of participants’ use of electrical power, gas and water, and includes the installation of new digital power meters on every household and business.

In October 2009, the Obama administration unveiled smart grid plans by awarding $3.4bn of stimulus money to kick-start the smart grid in the U.S, which is being instigated by Executive Fiat, without Congressional oversight. The same process of using stimulus money to implement the smart grid is being carried out in other developed nations, such as the UK and Australia. Patrick Wood, geo-political researcher and editor of The August Forecast, believes that it is the Trilateral Commission that has influenced world leaders to implement smart grid technology. The lack of any voter say about the smart grid initiative is another example of how a Technocracy is unfolding

The real danger of smart grid technology is that the new digital meters will communicate automatically with devices inside and outside the home. It allows the utility companies to undertake continuous 24-hour monitoring of energy consumption levels, and enables continuous 2-way communication between the utility and consumers’ property. During his 2008 Presidential Campaign, Barack Obama stated that we cannot any longer ‘eat as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times.” Such a statement is fitting with the impending smart grid the Obama administration is instigating, whereby if a household or business is deemed to be using too much power, the thermostat or other electrical devices may be switched off or turn down automatically by the smart meter.

An article in The Wall Street Journal, from February 2010 and titled What Utilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests discusses how utility executives and policy makers intend to use smart meters to restructure the rate plans, and force consumers to change their consumption behavior, and talks about the possibility of a consumer rebellion.

Whilst the U.S. and other countries develop and implement their national smart grid plan, plans are in place to develop a global smart grid under the auspices of the Global Energy Network Institute, and would thus create a worldwide Technocracy.

RFID in Your Household: Monitoring and Controlling Your Activities

Alongside the developing smart grid, many companies, including Wal-Mart and Tesco are now inserting Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips into their products, which can be used to track and monitor consumer activity. Other companies, such as Accenture, an international technology consulting giant, have developed artificial intelligence systems capable of round-the-clock monitoring of household activities, such as tracking an individual’s diet or whether someone is taking their prescribed medicine. Such smart technology, with the 2-way communication between household items, would be capable of forcefully controlling household activities. For instance, if it can be detected that an individual’s blood pressure is too high, the coffeemaker may be automatically switched off for the morning.

City Life in a Technocracy

In January 2011, the Forum for the Future, a British non-profit organization, put out a report titled Megacities on the Move, along with a series of videos depicting different scenarios for what cities may look like in 2040. All the scenarios were representative of a totalitarian state, with cars being banned, meat being rationed, personalized calorie and energy rationing and careers ordained by the government.

The scenarios depicted in Megacities on the Move may at first sound more like a fictional idea than a realistic objective. However these types of measures are nevertheless being proposed and implemented across the globe. A case in point is that of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil in the UK, which proposes a carbon rationing scheme. The justification for such draconian initiatives is that they will help to tackle climate change and promote sustainable development, despite the limited evidence for human-induced global warming and the other natural causes of climate change.

Both communist and fascist regimes of the past have been limited in how much they can control a population due to the limited technology available at the respective time. It would be a mistake to simply use the terms communist or fascist to describe the emerging national or global scientific dictatorship. A government that is run by political appointees, uses a smart grid to monitor and control human behavior, along with other household appliances containing RFID tracking chips, is a Technocracy. This type of government is the very objective that the Technocracy Inc founders, Howard Scott and M. King Hubbard wanted to see develop. Today there is both the technology available and the political will among world leaders to create a worldwide Technocracy. It is down to the people the wake up and take action before such a Technocracy is in place!

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