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Who is Looking After the Kids?

Cyril Large & Bette Hiebert  1997 Published in: Technocracy Digest, 3rd quarter 1997, No. 325 

For over 60 years, members of the organization of Technocracy have been trying to look after your children, but we have been thwarted at every turn. We have spent time and money since the 1930s trying to wake up the public so historians will not have to ask: “Why was nothing done in time?” Our concern and work is not so much for ourselves, but for the generations following after us.

Many Technocrats, who have been members of this organization almost since its inception, have worried about the fate of children — that, now, makes three generations. We are still wondering why you didn’t listen to us, because our children and your children are now facing a desperate situation — the loss of our environment; the loss of our society. Throughout those sixty or so years, along with other people of their generation, they struggled too, to put food on the table for their families, to educate their children, have mourned over the deaths of their children killed in a useless war, have witnessed the struggles their surviving children have had to endure to be able to provide for their grandchildren. And now, toward the end of their lives, they are being tortured again when they see that nothing has changed: their great-grandchildren are being dragged through the same poverty that they and their children all went through. Plus the fact that more useless wars have been fought; more of their young killed.

Ethan B. Kapstein, director of studies at the U.S. Council on Foreign Affairs, in his book, Workers & the World Economy wrote that: “The world may be moving inexorably toward one of those tragic moments that will lead historians to ask, Why was nothing done in time? And in the book, Shakedown by pollster, Angus Reid, he echoes those words in this statement: “the tragic moment that Kapstein refers to, is precisely the one that lies at the center of my analysis: the problems confronting workers in the global economy. These issues are part of a world-wide phenomenon that Kapstein compares to that which occurred in the 1930s: economic dislocation and the unwillingness of leaders to recognize the profound problems confronting their citizens. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I know this: we must move quickly — individually and collectively — or the historians will ask the same of Canada: “ Why was nothing done in time?”

Of course, one must recognize that, for the $30 or $40 that you would have to pay for their books, by reading them, you won’t find the answer to that question, because, neither Kapstein nor Angus Reid provided any solution. Also, along with the $40 you would have to fork over for the touted Jeremy Rifkin’s book, in his The End of Work, all you will get is another costly stall on the way to the abundant life that a Technocracy offers you.

The saddest reflection on the poverty that all these generations have endured is that it need never have been endured. There has been a solution — to do away with poverty — for over sixty years. The Organization of Technocracy offered a workable technological design at that time. Fourteen years of research by seventeen very well-known and respected scientists, the likes of Thorstein Veblen, and others: engineers, educators, architects, bio-chemists, mathematical technologists, forester-naturalists, had gone into planning a safe, peaceful, and bountiful environment in which people could be healthy, well-educated, and able to enjoy their lives, working at jobs they loved, and participating in whatever sport or hobby or artistic expression they wished. There would have been no debt, no environmental destruction; and probably no wars. Certainly, no poverty.

Technocrats have always wondered when people would reach their limit of social tolerance. Over 60 years have passed without any real change in the social field, except for the worse. Your children deserved better. Why didn’t you listen to us? We Technocrats wanted a better life for children. What is this generation doing about their care? We hope they never have to ask this question: Why was nothing done in time? Because, Time IS running out!

 

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