Technocracy’s blueprint was drawn to meet the specific requirements of a problem unique to this Continent. It contains all essential ingredients for the smooth functioning of North America’s social mechanism to provide a high living standard for all citizens.
Technocracy has the blueprint for the functional operation of North America’s social mechanism.
For over a quarter century Technocracy Inc. and its members have been informing their fellow citizens of that blueprint through public lectures, personal contact, literature distribution and other media. Yet the ques6tion “What is this blueprint and where is it?’ still persists. Obviously many people do not understand what a blueprint is, or they would not need to ask the same question so often.
Primarily, the difficulty appears to revolve around the matter of magnitude. Most people think of a blueprint in its limited application as the photographic print on blue paper used by carpenters and engineers as their guide in constructing buildings or other specific projects. This is correct as far as it goes, but the definition can be carried much further. Basically, a blueprint is a pattern which conveys instructions to anyone who understands it, being only incidentally blue in color for functional reasons peculiar to the construction industry. Thus, a blueprint might, irrespective of its color, be the pattern a person uses to fashion a dress, the diagrammatic description of a television or radio set, the design of a ship, the layout of a shopping center, or the particulars of operation for the intricate physical and social mechanism of an entire Continent.
The problem encountered in going from the least to the greatest are qualitative and quantitative rather than basic, for the same objective approach must be applied throughout if the most satisfactory results are to be achieved. Something that all blueprints have in common is their conveyance of procedural directions to those who understand the respective types of blueprint.
Before a blueprint is prepared, the scope of the intended project must be known. Whether one or many building is included, this knowledge is necessary for everything within the project must be planned to fit within the outside dimensions allowed for it. If the project is a single building, the designer must know its intended function as well as size, and will; in addition, want to know its location, accessibility to transportation, communication, and power facilities, and numerous other pertinences. All of this preliminary data must be collected before the blueprints’ preparation is commenced.
The designer’s findings will suggest to him what construction materials he should specify. He will also know from them how many, if any, elevators are required, how many telephones, the particulars of lighting and heating, and the extent of the plumbing needs. These and numerous other considerations will all be part and parcel of the final blueprint.
A blueprint’s specifications cannot be contained in a single drawing except in very simple plans. Even an average dwelling house may require a dozen drawing to cover all the small and large scale details of construction, but each is only a part of the total blueprint. The overall specifications must determine the scope of each of the integral parts which obviously cannot be planned independently of the rest if they are to be satisfactorily put together. The completed blueprint is the sum of all of its various drawings, charts, diagrams or written instructions. In most cases, far from being the work of one person, blueprints represent the end result of a close liaison amongst a group of blueprint specialists who, knowing the full plan, are able to integrate their specialized phases therein.
After the blueprint is completed is goes to the builders. While they may have had prior consultation with the designers and have some knowledge of what is expected, they must nevertheless depend to a major degree upon the blueprint itself for instruction. How closely their finished job resembles the original intention depends upon:
1. How adequately the blueprints were drawn,
2. How well the builders followed the instructions and put them into effect
Are blueprints effective? The redundancy of this question is manifested in the existence of practically every building and piece of physical equipment on the Continent. No hydro-electrical development, automated factory, nor anything else that has contribute to North America’s high-energy conversion and consequent abundance of consumer goods could have been installed without prior planning and blueprinting for the instruction of personnel who were competent to materialize the plans. Blueprints have proved their functional merit whenever they have been used.
Strangely enough, they have never been applied in the field where their greatest benefit would be realized, namely, that of social governance. It is paradoxical that so great care should be taken in planning and running certain limited operations within our society, but that the social mechanism as a whole is permitted to carry along haphazardly under its own momentum without direction or purpose – unless the frantic attempts to sustain the obsolete Price System can be defined as direction and purpose. While we recognize the foolhardiness of fashioning individual parts of an intricate machine, then trying to integrate the independently designed pieces into a smoothly functioning unit, we somehow seem to expect such a procedure to work in our social administration. Certainly, the complex nature of our technological mechanism has forced some integration even to keep the Price System running, but for the most part, that planning has never been done on more than a piecemeal, localized scale. We are working from the wrong end of the stick; from the parts to the whole rather than the reverse as should be the case. A blueprint of social operation would determine the total needs of all people within its scope, and would then find out how those needs could best be met. The integrated social mechanism deriving there-from would be the result of considering the problem as a whole and letting it determine the shape of all parts, just as is done in the blueprint of a building or a piece of machinery. Designing the blueprint for the operation of an entire social mechanism is not essentially different.
The blueprint of social operation which Technocracy Inc. has been publicizing across North America since the early 1930’s is the result of extensive prior research and planning. This work was done by a small, select group of scientists, engineers, educators and economists, headed by Howard Scott, the late Director-in-Chief of Technocracy Inc. Realizing that unique circumstances had emerged from North America’s participation in World War I, these men, calling themselves the Technical Alliance, launched into an investigation to determine what had happened to the economy.
Their studies soon confirmed that a major irreversible change had taken place in the method of doing work on this Continent. The employment of human energy in industrial processes had reached its zenith during the war, and would henceforth be an ever declining factor as technology steadily displaced it. It was at once seen that this would have a drastic effect on the monetary economy which depended on the sale of man-hours for the purchase of all commodities.
Despite the importance of this finding, the knowledge of it would be of little use unless the physical means were at hand to do something about it. The Technical Alliance realized that the only way to determine this was to make an energy survey of the entire Continent to learn what was here in the way of energy sources, mineral resources, trained personnel etc. In short, it meant finding out all that could be learned about the land area.
The survey, which took several years, proved North America (plus that portion of South America north of the Amazon jungles) to be by far the richest in resources of any part of the world. Moreover, the area had a relatively small population and high proportion of trained technical personnel compared with other areas. An unsurpassed network of lakes and rivers, plus a wide range of climatic conditions between the polar and tropical extremes rounded out the extremely favorable picture. Here was a land area which could sustain its population at a very high living standard for a thousand years or more – providing its facilities were competently administered.
This was obviously far from being the existing state of affairs. In the first place, the entire land area was arbitrarily divided into several national entities all claiming sovereign control over their respective parcels of real estate. These were further divided into innumerable provinces, states, municipalities, counties, and lesser political divisions – all having their own graduated measures of local authority, and largely competitively opposed to each other. This indiscriminate slicing, done in complete disregard of the Continent’s natural topography, could only unnecessarily complicate functional administration – quite irrespective of other interferences.
It was apparent that these political divisions and their political governments were but important parts of the actual governing control of North America, namely, the previously mentioned monetary economy. This was called the Price System by the Technical Alliance and was defined as any system which effects the distribution of its goods and services by means of a system of trade or commerce based on commodity valuation and which employs any form of debt tokens, or money. However well or badly it had worked under the natural scarcity conditions of the past, the indications were that the Price System’s future in North America was decidedly dark because of the increasing impact of abundance. Its own scarcity born inadequacies must eventually cause its collapse under the weight of that technology-produced abundance.
The Technical Alliance, having at hand all information required to support its next step, studied the data before it analytically and without any preconceived notions of what should or might result from its intensive research. From its midst was drawn up the most comprehensive and extensive blueprint ever drawn up anywhere at any time. Here was a blueprint for the functional operation of all equipment for the entire Continent to achieve the maximum efficiency in the production and distribution of goods and services.
The drawing of the blueprint completed the work of the Technical Alliance research group. IT was succeeded by the present organization, Technocracy Incorporated, and educational, research, membership organization specially formed to make the blueprint known to responsible North Americans.
The blueprint, simply called Technocracy to differentiate it from the incorporated organization, has no precedent in scope or form since it was drawn to meet the specific requirements of a problem that was and it unique to this Continent.
The Technate of North America, as the area covered by the blueprint is called, covers the entire mainland area of the Continent plus the northern tip of South America, and all peripheral islands. Hawaii and certain other mid-ocean islands will also be included for strategic or recreational reasons. All political boundary lines between and within the Price System nations are absent from the Technate blueprint to allow the greatest facility of movement and function throughout the Continent.
The Technocracy blueprint provides for an administration based on the numerous functions which must be operated within the area to maintain an optimum standard of living for all citizens. About a hundred “functional sequences, including those of public health, education, transportation, communications, agriculture and housing, are represented within the Continental Control. This coordinating body, comprising of men and women whose demonstrated superior abilities in their respective fields has resulted in their appointments as Sequence Directors, will be the top planning group determining the deployment of personnel and equipment for the most efficient execution of progressive steps of the blueprint. They will decide what to do, and then see that it is done with minimum material wastage and duplication of effort. Their presiding officer will be the Continental Director, chosen by them from their own midst.
The blueprint further provides for a system of distribution based on energy measurement rather than commodity valuation. Since the only common denominator between production and distribution is the expenditure of energy, it is accordingly the only adequate balancing agent between the two. This is especially so where readily measurable high-energy conversion processes so predominate the industrial picture that the tiny remainder of converted energy represented by human muscle power is too inconsequential to warrant consideration. All residents of the Technate would be granted their individual consuming power in the form of Energy Certificates which would serve to maintain a continuous inventory and to furnish other necessary information. The details of this distributive mechanism are contained in the official Technocracy pamphlet, “The Energy Certificate”, available at any headquarters office of the organization.
A new functional calendar is another important part of the blueprint. This would smooth out the peaks and troughs existing in most phases of Price System operations, and would put all operations and services on a 24-hour daily basis throughout every year. Because such full-load operation would considerably reduce the amount of required equipment, there would also be a marked decrease in the use of irreplaceable resources. Amongst further advantages would be the elimination of rush-hour traffic snarls, and the excessive weekend and summer-time loads thrown on recreational facilities.
To obviate the possibility of stagnation in any branch of operation, the blueprint provides that the Research Sequence shall work constantly through all other sequences, looking for new and better ways of performing jobs. It will further make sure that optimum quality is built into all commodities. Whenever improved processes are developed that will either save materials or provide more efficient productive techniques, they will be introduced by the respective sequences. The production of goods to last instead of to sell will cut down drastically on the actual necessary volume of consumer commodities, thereby further eliminating waste.
Housing for all citizens of the Technate area is an integral part of the blueprint. The objective will be to provide everyone with living accommodations of the most comfortable and efficient type, with ready access to numerous additional facilities to remove drudgery and to enhance living. Building specifications for the type of proposed housing have been blueprinted, and are far superior to anything existing today.
A prominent blueprint feature which has been publicized for years is the Continental Hydrology. This would link the rivers and lakes of North America with a system of canals to provide low energy cost water transportation the length and breadth of the Continent; to provide hydro-electric power transmitted at one million volts direct current for distances up to three thousand miles; and to raise the declining water table of the Continent. The size and location of all canals are included in the blueprint, as are the specifications for the type of craft to be used and for the power lines which will transmit the high-voltage electricity.
Transportation for a Continent, taking into account both vehicles and thoroughfares, has also been planned in considerable detail. Communications of all types have been projected on a similar scale. Education, public health and recreational facilities are but a few of the many other functions included in Technocracy’s blueprint of social operation for North America. All have received a comparable attention.
It has been impossible to elaborate any details of the blueprint within this short space. For a fuller picture, the reader must do a little investigating of his own – either through studying Technocracy literature, attending public meetings, or, best of all, by applying for membership. By far the most thorough investigation can be made from within the organization which conducts regular classes through a comprehensive Study Course.
Little attention has been given to the advantages which would accrue from a Technate operation because these are results rather than parts of the blueprint. It is fortunate that, through the institution of such a program, the environmental conditions on this Continent are able to provide an extremely high living standard for its total citizenry; but even if such were not the case, it would still be necessary to install a governance that is in accord with technological environment when the Price System grinds to a halt. Technocracy’s blueprint of scientific governance contains all essential ingredients for the smooth functioning of North America’s social mechanism.
All North Americans should familiarize themselves with that blueprint without further delay, for it provides the only means to survival from the disastrous chaos which threatens to accompany the demise of the Price System.