V: Would a Mandatory, Instantaneous, Top-down Programme of Economic Development Work?

The recently-aired television programme V posited the arrival of an alien race  which possesses superior technology and a reptilian, lizard-like physiology. The  aliens, who are led by a queen who seems to wield absolute authority in a semi-matriarchal society (at the elite  levels, that is, as we are given little information on how the massed proletariat of the aliens, if  any, live).

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One thought on “V: Would a Mandatory, Instantaneous, Top-down Programme of Economic Development Work?

  1. Examples of top down autocracy abound both in Asia and South America, not forgetting Africa. Whilst a few lack the reptilian nature of V or the insectoid. or Romulan characteristics of elsewhere in the alpha quadrant I note that they would all work even better than they do if leadership was vested in myself and if they had a stellar economic planner such as John Walsh at the helm.
    Seriously, if Top Down doesn’t work we are left with Bottom Up. What chance is there for society if the have nots and powerless created economic and social policy? It would all end in tears as the most ‘popular’ people gained power and implemented their vision. Good grief I’ve just described the USA.
    The best hope for us all is probably a benign autocrat who listens to good advice and acts in the interests of ‘society’. Good grief that sounds like Thailand
    – but only so long as the leadership acts the ‘right’ way.

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