The technocrats behind the curtain

Karl Smith has a very interesting point about technocracy:

As I recently told a correspondent: if we are doing our jobs right then people shouldn’t even know that technocrats exist. They should never think about us. They should think about the things they care about; their children, their friends, their love interests, their dreams. If they know about the technocracy then the technocracy has failed.

This implies the 1940s-era assumption that technocrats can run the economic system more or less neutrally. A lot of people who are smarter than I am still believe this, but I don’t.

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One thought on “The technocrats behind the curtain

  1. The underlying problem behind the recruitment of technocratic policy makers is the assumption that the problems have somehow changed. The reality is they have not.

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