Found this while doing the Highway 89 research:
Technocracy Hit By Utah League
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov 29– (AP)–The central committee of the American Mothers Sentinel league placed technocracy, in a resolution annouced today, with Communism and Fascism as un-American. (Ogden Standard-Examiner, November 29, 1938)
I was wrong. Critical thinking skills have not dropped in the last decade. They have always been in short supply.