Thinking About Technocracy

Where to from here?

Kwoning

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My wife and I invented a term, kwon, or maybe we borrowed it from somewhere we cannot recall.  To kwon is to act in such a way as to explore every last option before accepting any cost, pain or responsibility for actions.  She and I have long held that ours is an Age of Kwon.  You see it again and again as people try to find options for doing something that cost nothing and offend no one.  It doesn’t work to kwon.

Kwoning is the opposite of planning.  Oh, centralized planning has taken quite a rapping from the libertarian world.  We can’t know what people want and…blah blah.  Markets work better…blah blah. 

I’ve seen places that plan and places that don’t.  Planning is universally better so long as it is not done with a heavy hand.  Collaboration is everything.  That’s why I wrote earlier about social charettes. 

Technocracy will require that we stop kwoning.  Is kwoning now so ingrained we cannot stop?  What can cause large numbers of people to act without coercion?

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Written by ryanlanham

January 14, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Posted in Open Mike

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  1. Just to clarify, the term came from the film Jerry McGuire but it meant something else which I can’t recall.

    Kate Lanham

    January 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm


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