Technocratic optimism, H. T. Odum, and the partial transformation of ecological metaphor after World War II

@article{Taylor1988TechnocraticOH,
  title={Technocratic optimism, H. T. Odum, and the partial transformation of ecological metaphor after World War II},
  author={Patrick John Taylor},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  year={1988},
  volume={21},
  pages={213-244}
}
  • P. Taylor
  • Published 1988
  • Political Science
  • Journal of the History of Biology
I have not inquired as to whether you do or do not like the idea [of Technocracy]. The events that are going to occur ... within the very near future are not going to be respecters of human likes or dislikes. The problem of operating any existing complex of industrial equipment is not and cannot be solved by a democratic social organization.... [It] is a technical problem so far transcending any other technical problem man has yet solved that many individuals would probably never understand why… 

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