Fri Jun 20, 2008

One of the many interesting items I’ve learned from Mark S. Morrison’s Modern Alchemy: Occultism and the Emergence of Atomic Theory (Oxford, 2007) is the existence of Technocracy Incorporated, a type of Wellsian open conspiracy of engineers and planners that numbered the young Ray Bradbury among their members.

They are still around, apparently:

Morrison describes how Nathan Schachner’s “The Revolt of the Scientists,” published in Wonder Stories is based on Technocracy Inc., and the use of various utopian financial texts about the potential fluidity of currency in their founding doctrine is an altogether fascinating bit of cultural history. (Pound’s exploration of some of the same sources, is, as Morrison indicates, more familiar, though Pound seemed never to think much of technocracy. [I should look at Wells and Pound’s letters.])