For Electronics World,
Britain’s fight to escape from manufacturing and hi technology
Britain’s fight to escape from manufacturing and hi technology.
Letter to the Editor, EW
Ending hi-tec in the UK
As the actress said to the bishop, Bryce Kearey's letter, EW June p54, is very good as far as it goes, but it lacks the final thrust. This failure to pursue the argument to its crucial climax is endemic among electronic engineers.
My article in Wireless World, December 1982, ventures further. Britain had to get out of hi technology in order to save the existing political structure. The struggle, to get out of manufacturing industry, and later, even more crucially, to get out of hi technology, began in around 1885, and took a century to triumph. The book which proves this comprehensively is "English Culture and the Decline of the Industrial Spirit, 1850-1980" by Martin Joel Wiener, 1982
I will give access to my article, and to further relevant material, via www.ivorcatt.com/48.htm
St. Albans, UK
English Culture and the Decline of
the Industrial Spirit, 1850-1980
Martin J. Wiener does an excellent job describing
Englands lack of commitment to the industrial spirit and the very real
economic impact such a philosophical malaise engendered.
A 300 word anonymous editorial in Wireless World led to its author (who the Dutch did not know was named Catt) being invited to speak at the AGM of the top computer institution in Holland. He gave then an enlarged version of The New Bureaucracy . It was again extended into the third version published in Wireless World December 1982. Only the third version outlines both of the two similar three-way sequential battles for control; (1) between the feudal, manufacturing and hi-tec power bases; and (2) between industry owners, management and technocrats.
Some of the second battle is also outlined as the chapter “The Management-Technocracy Guerilla” War in Catt’s book “Computer Worship”, pub. Pitman 1973.