Most gamers have played games based on a resource economy only, can you imagine playing Command & Conquer or SimCity by getting a loan whenever you got caught a bit short!
I find technocracy interesting, though I view it more like running a cooperative where everyone is paid equally based based on profits, rather than a few at the top creaming off the wealth created by the workers at the bottom..
At some point I'm going to dabble with iimplementing technocratic ideas, in an MMORPG first and then later on in a physical community to see how it compares. (Obviously, if you cannot get it to work in an MMORPG, then that might hint towards it not working outside, but so far my experiments in a previous MMORPG (Eve-Online) showed that a cooperative equal wage sharing dictatorship ran corporation managed about 10 times the GDP output of a democratic profit for the few at the top ran group.)
> That the system still will have to contend with bad apples; their
> saying crime disappears with abundence just doesn't ring true
Agreed, though I could see reasons why crime would be reduced, eg. if everyone was paid rather a lot, then we'd probably see a reduction in shoplifting, but we probably woudln't see much of a reduction in rape, alcohol related fights/etc.
> It is bad government.
Having worked in a government for a couple of years, I got to see first hand many of the difficulties in running a decent government.
Practically everyone was out for what they could get out of the system, few was there to do a good job. People was out to create new job positions which had less work to do than previous ones. Passing the buck to others was the order of the day, and trying to fob off work to someone below you was also pretty common.
So I'm keen to see how might you run a government and not have it full of free loading employees who just lie their way to the top and collect $400,000 a year salaries for nothing really very much apart from figuring out how to increase your local taxes again this year and reduce services..
There are a few different flavours of technocracy though, you have a few hard line old timers in the US, a few offshoots from that, and another lot in Europe.
And of course me
I try and look for what works in any system and put it together. (Though the Europeans do say they will do the same, they aren't stuck in dogma, but have to be convinced by experiments/data that way A is better than way B.)
As I see it at the moment, reducing housing costs by owning the land as a business owner and renting cheaply to your workers will enable you to pay lower wages, and thus stay in business. Providing as much as you can in regard to workers needs, such as food, clothing, goods/etc. will reduce their living costs and allow you to pay them even less!
And if you run things along the line of a cooperative, and pay them equally a share of the profits, then instead of paying them very little, you end up paying them rather a lot, making for happy workers!
So everyones happy..
Well, apart from the leaches
, I mean bankers, shareholders and landlords who don't get to stick their finger in the pie..