Prepare for the worst, hope for the best
This is not to make us desperate but to face the problems to mend them.
Democracies and the richer people are in the worst condition to survive.
Autocratic rulers always lose in the end, as their warped and uninformed minds always make systematic mistakes and make them lose faster.
Yet, the West’s infrastructure lies wide open. A WW enemy could simply make that we lose all access to electricity, fuel, and money.
The rich, with their fancy bomb shelters, will be left by their workers and starve. They don’t have real friends or know how to make them, think they can’t live with far less and more discomfort, and can’t cook.
The enemies will not nuke us because that would kill them too. No, their hackers will simply pull the plug. Then, what helps it to have a standing army, a fair régime, gold, green or black power plants, journalists, etc.?
Fundamentalist literalists will suffer the least because, until their dying day, they’ll stay blissfully unaware of all pending doom thinking they have Dooms Day completely figured out already, and prepared to go to Heaven.
Democracies need to take steps today:
1. The democratic West must immediately secure its grids. Not to ward off occasional power outages but having to live off-grid permanently.
2. Then, it must secure telephone and Internet integrity. Without any communication, nothing will be left of the advancement of our societies.
3. Then, we must better protect against deep fakes and fake news. When no one knows anymore what anyone says, democracy has ended. Especially, when we’re all set up against each other. Politics and security minds are actually looking into this, but not into the first two priorities.
4 The Simchat Torah War pogrom must wake us all up. High, higher, or even the highest tech cannot always win from low-tech, short-sighted, short-term brute force and numbers and incivility and senseless cruelty.
5. We must upgrade our democracies and reject bigots and abuse.
Better safe than sorry. Let’s err on the side of caution.
Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.
Prepare for the worst to safeguard the best.