Any thoughts on this? Especially on their views on economic vs 'physical' scarcity.
The whole thing is intriguingly naive. Some of the observations seem accurate but they fail to recognize that the State happens to be the cause of several of the problems. Therefore, the Technocrats offer a State solution subject to the same forms of abuse!
Take their observation of increased debt. Here is the solution:
wikiPedia: The amount of energy given to each citizen would be calculated by
determining the total productive capacity of the technate and dividing
it equally. The Energy units or certificates, themselves would probably
not have to be physically used by the populace, as the system would be
computerised. In energy accounting the Technate would use information
of natural resources, industrial capacity and citizen’s purchasing
habits to determine how much of any good or service was being consumed
by the populace, so that it could match production with consumption.
Another all time favourite:
"Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I
own, and I laugh at them whenever I can."