Monday, October 09, 2006

How are scientists, as technocrats, any less dangerous to a democratic form of government than generals? Mad scientists are as common in American popular mythology as mad Generals are in others'.

Scholasticism noun - the system of theology and philosophy taught in medieval European universities, based on Aristotelian logic and the writings of the early Church Fathers and having a strong emphasis on tradition and dogma. • narrow-minded insistence on traditional doctrine.

Technocracy noun - ( pl. -cies) the government or control of society or industry by an elite of technical experts. • an instance or application of this. • an elite of technical experts.
ORIGIN early 20th cent.: from Greek tekhne ‘art, craft’ + -cracy .

Republic noun - a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch. • archaic figurative a community or group with a certain equality between its members. ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from French république, from Latin respublica, from res ‘concern’ + publicus ‘of the people, public.’

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