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Technocracy = technology +politics
It is describing a whole new form of society, a new paradigm, a change bigger than thought of by any contemporary "political" ideology.
Once you read more about Technocracy, how it was developed, and how it works, you will be able to appreciate these and other differences
Not being an expert on Marxism, I can only speak in the broadest of terms. However, what I can say is that Marxism is derived from largely philosophical and moral concepts, centering around ideas of "class struggle" and so forth. Technocracy, on the other hand, is entirely technical/scientific in nature (you should read the article I linked to in my last post there).
It's methods are derived from thermodynamics, not philosophy or morality. It also does not attempt to describe the "perfect society", but rather provides a scientifically-based framework--and "operating system" if you will--that allows us to operate our technology to the fullest benefit for humans. Technocracy is the technological 'solution' to the very specific problem of a technologically produced abundance, experienced in North America, and now possibly elsewhere. Marx, having lived when he did, could not have anticipated these changes, regarded as the most dramatic and significant in human history.
Now, having said that, I will also say that there are similarities. Some of the "ideals" in Marxism are achievable through Technocracy (i.e. a classless, moneyless society), but Marx did not have a clear, technological mechanism for producing such, only vague philosophical and sociological ideas. He did have many very forward-thinking insights into things such as how such a society would work, but nothing concrete in place.
. Keep in mind that this was never Technocracy's goal however, only a remarkable coincidence, because people of virtually any political persuasion can find the most important of their ideals made practicable with Technocracy.
I would say then that the difference that I see then would be whereas Marx may have made some very forward-thinking and insightful observations concerning society, and perhaps even on the nature of scarcity verses technological abundance, the Technical Alliance had the advantage of having witnessed the greatest change in human history, in terms of the change of the rate of doing work (illustrated on page page 18 of the eTTCD, v. 1.1, available at www.technocracy.org). From that came their extensive analysis, using science and mathematics not available to Marx in his time. They were able to chart the thermodynamic progress of society, and from that detailed analysis, construct a specific operating system that became known as Technocracy. Is this comparison agreeable to you?
And whereas Marx may have focused on the problems of Capitalism in particular, Technocracy has broadened this to include any economy based on scarcity, capitalist or not. This was done due to pinpointing the problem to scarcity, and allowed Technocracy to remain rather politically neutral, if perhaps a bit anti-political. Of course, I should clarify that this is only true where abundance is possible. Technocracy recognizes that in areas of natural scarcity, Price Systems of whatever variety are the only thing possible, and thus there is nothing inherently wrong with them as a whole. From there, pick what you like, from centralist, to anarchic.
And Technocrats have never blamed Marx for this. You can only work with what information you have. Even today, we do not blame people for not enacting Technocracy, since most have no idea about it. That is why our program is one of education, so that people can make an informed decision about their future. Of course, it may irk us that some in power deliberately suppress this knowledge, but all in all we still cannot blame them for they are themselves acting only on what they know best, which causes them to perceive Technocracy as a threat to their very way of life. It is unfortunate, but blame doesn't help anyone, and only appears petty and unprofessional.
That's good to hear. As for the practical concern of yours, it has certainly been addressed, but is in actuality an issue of massive complexity. Thus we prefer to educate people on Technocracy itself first before we get into that, even more complex problem. Trying to describe our ideas on a "transition period" before that only raises questions that can only be answered by "going back to the basics" as it were.
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