technocracy

noun
tech·​noc·​ra·​cy | \ tek-ˈnä-krə-sē How to pronounce technocracy (audio) \
plural technocracies

Definition of technocracy

: government by technicians specifically : management of society by technical experts

Examples of technocracy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps this sounds benign in the obtuse verbiage of technocracy. Oren Cass, CNN, 15 Sep. 2022 It’s not that internationalist liberal technocracy has been relegated to the past. Hari Kunzru, Harper’s Magazine , 17 Aug. 2022 Our stepwise innovations in CI systems—such as representative, nation-state democracy, capitalist and noncapitalist markets, and bureaucratic technocracy—have already shaped the modern world. Wired, 15 Aug. 2022 Of course, replacing one form of blind adherence to authority with another—replacing technocracy with a circumscribed set of books blessed by a right-wing Christian consensus—is not the answer. Annie Abrams, The New Republic, 30 Mar. 2022 Biden intends to revive the patterns of diplomacy and technocracy that had defined late twentieth-century liberalism, and had been thought to have lost their potency. The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2022 In other words, technocracy was a project to make peacetime administration look more like wartime mobilization, to make change at scale. Ian Beacock, The New Republic, 22 Feb. 2022 Freud’s focus on chaos and irrationality, which both Marcuse and Trilling shared, could be the antidote to certain centrist liberals’ superficial infatuation with science and enlightened technocracy as the solutions to our problems. Udi Greenberg, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2022 But when Americans begin to prefer the warm blanket of technocracy to the inherent uncertainty of self-determination — when basic freedoms begin to be seen as irresponsible and reckless — our way of life erodes. Nate Hochman, National Review, 24 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of technocracy

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for technocracy

techno- + -cracy

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“Technocracy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technocracy. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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