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Great article from Science Progress on Whether Science Threatens Democracy

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Find it here.

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February 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Steve Mouzon gives a powerful picture of the idea of sustainability in buildings

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Here…at the original green.

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January 26, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Money as a means of governance

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It takes very little argument to persuade that money is a means governance.  It settles who commands resources, who has certain liberties, and who can take certain actions.  Looking back over the last few thousand years, we have lived in an Age of Money as Means of Governance.   So why would this Age come to an end?

Money as a means of governance requires several social facts to be in place:

1. Money users must trust that the money used has value to obtain desired things.

2. Money can be “owned” and stored.

3. Money must have a certain rarity. 

The art and science of acting in the Age of Money as a Means of Governance is essentially the field of economics.  The field assumes that most actions are governed by money or value-related considerations and these considerations can be discreetly analyzed based on predicted rational (or irrational) operations.

I think we then look to problems with economics as a way to determine why and how the Age of Money as a Means of Governance begins to end.  What are the plausible issues with money? 

First, there is rarity.  If the production of money cannot be controlled, it is of declining value.  Money systems where value declines at a certain pace are like dishes that leak.  Their function is denigrated by the rate of decline.   People who worry about “fiat” money are particularly obsessed with this issue.  

Second there is storage.  Storage requires safety which implies insurance, time value/interest rates and all that entails.  Ownership of course leads to estates, probates, bankruptcies, etc. 

Third is trust.  Can I get the safety, permanance, continuity, stability, etc. that I want for the currency I store at some point in the future?  This issue is the prime motivator of governance in our Age. 

So we need to consider, are these items under threat?

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January 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm

iRevolution considers the prospects for a “cyberocracy”

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Cyberocracy?  See iRevolution’s article here.

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January 18, 2009 at 12:44 pm

More classic video on the idea of a technate

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Follow the link that follows to a series of classic technocracy videos now more than 25 years old on a future that, in part, may yet evolve:  Technocracy ideas and archive

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January 17, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Open source technocracy software?

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I’m curious if there are any technocratic software tools out there in the open source world such as means of implementing energy accounting or other similar processes on a wide scale?

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January 17, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Classic video on the history and core ideas of technocracy from 1981

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Tbone offers a link to a classic video on the history and core ideas of technocracy…25 minutes from 1981:  View here.

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January 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm