Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed response. I do agree with a lot of what you said, including that it would be a great change to see people having extensive knowledge over the many technologies that life in the modern era demands we use. But my question to you is, what about those who cannot learn? Either through a simply lack of desire to trouble themselves with the effort, or perhaps due to a limited mental capacity, there will inevitably be those that will never understand some of the complex tools that we use in the modern day, and I would be surprised if the most intelligent person on this planet was able to learn the intricacies of every technology used by the average man in one life time.
I would call it progress when we are able to trust in the technology that society presents to us, without having to worry whether it is serving an ulterior agenda to that which we have been told. In this world, however, this is a thought that any who are paying attention would think when hearing of a new piece of tech to be released.
Also, I do agree that for the purposes of order, some centralization, at least in terms of communication, would have to exist. I have no problem with this. I am by no means an anarchist, but I believe that the power in society should be transparent, not obfuscated as we see in the world today.