A Technocracy “is a form of government where technical experts are in control of decision making in their respective fields. Engineers, scientists, health professionals, and those who have knowledge, expertise or skills would compose the governing body. In a technocracy, decision makers would be selected based upon how knowledgeable and skillful they are in their field (Wikipedia).
They are selected much like applying for the position of CEO of a corporation, where their resumes are reviewed by a body of people who know what skills to look for. In other words, the Educated Elite choose from among themselves. There are no elections, no representation of the people, and no rights for the individual. The national corporation is the first concern.
A Unity Government, aka Governments of National Salvation, are generally formed in times of Crisis or political turmoil. Political parties unite for “the common good,” hoping to effect desperation measures quickly that might save their nation. It is usually a temporary situation.
When Israel created a unity government in 2000, with a vote of “no-confidence,” parliment forced Barak from his position as leader of that country. An extended unity government destroys any balance of power between a leader and parliament as the leader kow-tows to the pleasure of those who hold the ax over his head. Actually, it rarely happens in Israel because they have a number of strong third parties.
So what does any of this matter?
Because things are changing. The European Union is trembling. What began in Iceland and Ireland has reached to Greece, Italy, and now France is looking shaky. Greece has enacted a Unity Government (Greek parties agree to form unity government, L.A. Times), and forced it’s president out. Italy, deemed “too big to bailout,” is following suit. A move to Technocratic options are being discussed. France is battling for its credit rating and other countries:China and India are celebrating the fall of the “rich nations of the west.”
Governments are no longer only implementing “austerity measures” in an effort to survive, they are also ousting their leaders and changing their forms of government. The system is collapsing and a “whole new world” is emerging.
Reuters warned that “any euro zone failure would send shock waves around the globe, shifting the balance of geopolitical power and perhaps prompting a fundamental reassessment of what the world’s future might look like.”
America is already up to our necks in it. We all know this. Our credit rating has been downgraded, people are protesting against the “rich,” and just recently Harrisburg (capital of Pennsylvania) filed bankruptcy and this week Jefferson County in Alabama did (it is the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history (CNN Money).
If we don’t want America to fall (or even follow the EU), it matters.
A Democracy is a form of government in which all adult citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. They have equal and direct participation in legislation that governs social, economic and cultural choices. The Greek demokratia derived from demos, meaning people and kratos meaning power. It was used to denote the political systems of ancient Greek city-states, notably Athens following a popular uprising. Hence Greece is known as where democracy originated.
The founders of America did not want a democracy. They did not trust it. In Federalist #10, James Madison wrote: “democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” A large portion of Americans opposed the creation of the Constitution and federal government because of a fear that it would degrade to democracy. Patrick Henry warned it would “oppress and ruin them.” As leader of the anti-federalists, Henry said he “smelled a rat in Philadelphia.”