I'm wondering what people think of the idea of living in a technocracy. Would it work? Would it be desirable? I've put some thought into the notion, and I'd like some feedback. I won't set a restriction on what the "right kind" of technocracy should be like, but the specific implementations that I currently consider to have the most feasibility share these characteristics:
* No laws restricting citizens' behaviors, and no police force. All problems with people's behaviors would be addressed by either changing the society so that the citizens no longer desire to perform the behavior, so that the citizens are no longer physically able to conduct the behavior, or so that the behavior is no longer considered a problem
* No citizen can own or acquire personal property. All living spaces, tools, etc. are rented through the use of energy credits (technocratic currency). Food and utilities are also purchased for immediate consumption through the use of energy credits
* All citizens receive a share of energy credits once they're old enough to go to school. This share should be enough for them and a few children to live comfortably on, which only they have the ability to spend and which they can only spend for their own benefit or that of any children they have which are too young to go to school
* All citizens who either go to school and perform adequately or hold a job and perform adequately would instead receive a larger share of energy credits. There is only 1 larger share to be received in this way regardless of the type of work or schooling... e.g. a janitor (if such a job existed) would receive the same number of energy credits as an astrophysics professor
* The total number of energy credits distributed among the population is determined by the productive resources of the society, and the costs of renting goods and services are determined by the current resources it requires to produce/maintain those goods/services. Therefore, people's energy credit allowances and expenses would vary with the population size and productive capacity
* Anyone can critique social decisions and participate in social debate, but social decisions would not be made by vote, but instead must be arrived at by some strictly defined rules and engineering principals. The design of this process is, of course, of paramount importance to the success of the technocracy
For the sake of this discussion, I suggest that we assume that technology can be more advanced than what we have today, but limited to what we think could be possible given our current understanding of science. Similarly, I suggest that we assume that the core principles of human nature, e.g. survival instinct, greed, lust, etc. are unavoidable, but that any genetic tendencies toward specific behavior patterns or illnesses that we're currently aware of could (not necessarily should) be genetically engineered out of the population, and that the irrational thought processes that people exhibit today are an inherent consequence of human nature, but that they can be mitigated by improved education.