To save most Israelis from perpetual poverty, we need Human Capitalism
2020 USA presidential elections candidate Andrew Yang (Make America Think Harder), in theory, solved America’s problems. He did not become president (yet), but his thinking outside of the box has all the solutions.
America is too conservative to think that progressive is anything but a derogatory term. Yet, it does not agree that almost nobody owns the economy of almost everybody. The Land of Opportunity for the few.
In the standard (antiquated) economic models, it is possible that ‘the economy is doing great’ while most people are struggling financially. Or, that climate, psychological, and income needs are seen as constrains. Yang’s idea: ‘Not Left [revolution], Not Right [staying put], But Forward.’ Capitalism, with as central value not the dollar, but humans’ wellbeing.
Israel has, from very different causes, a very similar deadlock.
Most Israelis work too many hours per day and still are in perpetual debt. Their solution: an everlasting ‘Italian strike’ (as they call that here): working, but as slowly as possible. Preferably, one does the work and one supervisor and a dozen colleagues watch and discuss what they think of it.
Economists complain, blaming the victims for not working harder. NEVER trust any economist. There are small lies, big lies, statistics, and economic theories. A good example is the latest move by the Bank of Israel calling for raising taxes because of the costs of the pandemic ‘to save the economy.’ The code word for the narrow interests of the super-rich, totally ignoring, and exacerbating the corona hardships Israeli citizens and companies have.
The truth is that most Israelis cannot argue why but they refuse to be any more productive because they know in their bones that most of their salaries are stolen. Who’s the invisible thief? The banks. They make that even hardworking Israelis generally live in chronic overdraft.
It works like this: You make sure that renters have no protection. So everyone wants to buy a house. Then you give them a mortgage that insures they pay for three houses to get one. Works for 50 years already.
Israel was founded by socialists, and some remnants of that still exist. Especially the charitable Jewish mindset that also gave rise to Socialism.
But, then why does the majority now vote right-wing? Because the left endangered our lives with fancy stories and theories, getting more than a thousand people killed and thousands maimed in the Second Intifada. More lives are at stake if foreign enemies are not dealt with sufficiently.
As long as the left-wing parties refuse to stand up for a safe Israel, we will have right-wing governments that will leave the population poor. Call us old-fashioned but we’re rather in-debt than dead.
(Not just the left-wing politicians are to blame. In a large majority, we voted them into power because we were so naive. When a couple of terrorists put on a tie and smiled, we wanted to believe their lies so badly.)
Yang Economics could save Israel too. We need policies that are capitalist but centered around human, not monetary, needs: People First. Israel too needs politicians with plans based on facts, not sentiments. His methods and ideas would take Israel by storm. But they’re still unknown here.
The Yang Gang has enough young Jewish smartasses. (Not that we couldn’t learn from the Gentile Yang Geeks!) We need the ones who are here to unite into a movement. We need the ones there to make aliyah, or, at least, come here and speak, start or strengthen a movement.
Yang has attracted lots of Jews, Asians, Gays, beating their timidity and hopelessness. In Israel, the Yang Gang would be populated by lots of Charedics, Israeli Arabs (including Mizrachics), feminists, etc., people waiting for decades for a framework and the courage to get moving.
The Yang Gang in Israel could show the whole world what real progressive success is. Just like the capitalist COVID-19 vaccine policy here did. That was Yang-like. Netanyahu understood, as a smart capitalist, that you need to prioritize human life and health before/in order to save the economy.
Israel to Yang Gang, Israel to Yang Gang: Please, help!
Here are some of my earlier vlogs about Andrew Yang and his ideas:
- Meet Andrew Yang, the Internet-sensation and Asian-American Democratic candidate
- US 2020: Jews for Yang
- The difference between truth as a hurdle and truth as a quality
Here are some prime sources:
Yang’s 2020 elaborate neat election program policy stands
His Wikipedia pages (links to several pages)
Nerds for Humanity: Yang Gang Geeks’ vlogs with many Geek guests
The Matt Skidmore Show: ‘right-wing’ vlogs with Yang’s media emergences
Yang Speaks: his own frequent podcasts with thought-provoking guests.