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Glossary


Words preceding a <*> can be found in the Glossary page.

Abundance
A state where a nation possesses a high amount of natural resources, a high energy technological industrial complex, and sufficiently trained personnel to operate that technology to produce a high standard of living. To date only the continent of North America possesses all three of these. See Scarcity<*>.

Anascopic
A method of doing things that involves beginning with the some detail of an overall design, and continuing to add details without regard to overall structure, use, or future problems. This is how modern cities grow. For more information, see Technocracy Comparative. The opposite of Katascopic<*>.

Conspicuous Consumption
The need or desire of people with money to spend that money on items that will obviously display their wealth. Examples include expensive clothes, exotic cars, or generally any item that is priced high for the purpose of being expensive, rather than because of actual cost of the item. This leads to a race to expend resources simply to see how much one can expend.

Distribution
A unidirectional method of providing goods and services to the public by producing the items, transporting them, and then finally consuming them. Income is not transferable and thus is nulled once spent. The only economic method to date to use this is Energy Accounting<*>.

Energy Accounting
An economic method of distribution that uses measurement of energy instead of "value", and accounts for the total energy created, transformed, and consumed by an economy to provide a stable, balanced load for maximum production of goods and services while minimizing waste of resources. See this page for more details.

Energy Credit
A misnomer for the units used in the measurements in Energy Accounting<*>. Units would actually be commonly used energy units, just as the joule, erg, or BTU.

Enforced Scarcity
Any High Energy Society<*> that uses a method of exchange<*> rather than one of distribution<*>. Since the base currency is scarce, but the products and services are not, economic instability occurs due to Technological Disemployment<*>.

Exchange
A method of providing goods and services to the public whereby goods and services are traded back and forth among individuals. Currency is transferable and never terminates, thus creating a situation of continuous growth, oscillatory cycles, instability, and leaving no central method of control. See this page for more details.?

Extraneous Energy
Any energy used to create or provide goods or services that does not originate from human power. Example include animals and self-powered machines.

High Energy Society
Any society whose citizens, on average, expend more extraneous energy<*> than human energy for their standard of living.

Katascopic
A method of design whereby one starts with an overall goal, derives requirements for that goal, the determines requirements for those requirements, and continues this process until the smallest details are at last decided on, all prior to moving ahead with whatever you are designing. For more information, see Technocracy Comparative. The opposite of Anascopic<*>.

Politics
A means of social control by controlling people, whether democratically or autocratically. This differs from a Technocracy<*> in that a Technocracy controls technology, not people. See this page for more details.

Scarcity
A state where there is insufficient natural resources, technology, or trained personnel to create a High Energy Society<*>. See Abundance<*>, Enforced Scarcity<*>.

Sustainable Economy
Any economy that is based on cycles rather than growth. While most economies will have both of these, one will generally predominate. A sustainable economy may grow, but only when a society determines that it is desired, and safe. Non-sustainable economies require continuous growth in order to survive, which is inherently self-defeating, since no environment is unlimited.

Technate
A society or nation that employs a technocratic economic system.

Technocracy
A proposal for a sustainable<*>, post-scarcity economic system. It utilizes automation to increase production and thereby the standard of living of citizens, and also to reduce the amount of work needed by those citizens to produce that standard of living.

Technological Disemployment
The rapid destruction of purchasing power by the rapid introduction of high-energy machines to replace human workers. On micro-economical terms, this makes sense, since machines work longer, harder, and cheaper than humans at most tasks. However, when this occurs at a fast rate all over a nation, production (and therefor supply) grows rapidly, while more disemployed workers no longer have purchasing power with which to buy the new abundance of products, thus demand falls. Both these conditions cause the price of products to fall, thus creating an economic crash. This is what occurred to cause the Great Depression of the 1930's. Thus it is shown that you cannot have a stable Enforced Scarcity<*> in a state of Abundance<*>.

Urbanate
Living areas similar to cities but designed to provide maximum comfort in a High-Energy Society<*>. See this page for more details.