Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

The Free Word could lose WWIII, all power with no enemy bullet or rocket fired

The consequences of the end of the grid or how to prevent the Second Dark Ages

Like every negative prophecy, these words are meant as warning to prevent, rather than predict a doomsday scenario.

A new book, “Upheaval,” issues a warning about the four largest-looming acute challenges to human survival: nuclear war, climate change, global resource depletion, and rising global inequality. And we do need our governments to take each of the four seriously to prevent human annihilation. But we also need to prevent a fifth disaster.

Presently, we can hardly imagine this fifth catastrophe which hinders us preventing it. I’m talking about refugees fleeing from Europe, the USA, Japan, and India, all the large centers of democracy. The following is about how that could happen in the blink of an eye.

First, China and Russia would wait a couple of more decades until the West and democratic Asia, the riches countries, most of them enriched by colonialism, will have automated away most of their jobs. Computers and robots will largely have taken over production, service, and sales. Buying, selling, saving, learning, teaching, news, entertainment, voting, meeting, talking, and public safety will all go through the Internet.

And then Russia will pull the plug. Through well-placed electronic sabotage world-wide, the grid will come to a screeching halt. Black-out.

The stock market won’t open and the US dollar will have lost all its value. Traffic lights and GPS won’t work anymore. Living in hot and cold places becomes impossible. Inhabitants will flee high risers. The UN will convene and limit the use of bio-fuel, so, having a generator will hardly help. The few that have sun collectors and windmills may still privately have electricity for their fridge and PC. Crops will not be transported to the cities and food factories will have stopped. US citizens will die by the millions when many of them will take up arms and start killing each other as a modern “survival” of the fittest. In the rest of the industrial world, it won’t be much better. Living in poorer countries, will have become the safest.

China and Russia will divide up the world into two regions, for each roughly half the globe. That’s better than fighting each other. The two dictatorships will dominate the world. Small enclaves, like Israel, will still have electricity and democracy but for the large rich countries, the story’s over.

Forget about any more Free Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Meeting, Free Elections, Equality before the Law.

No more Internet resource. Stores and factories that were replaced by robots don’t exist any longer. No TV news or entertainment, no email, no phone, no car, train or plane (no fuel), no work, no salary, no savings, no schools, no elections, no ebooks, no Facebook, Skype, Instagram, Twitter, and no policing or military activity.

In the poorest countries life will be best. Small-scale communities, low-tech environments. Those who have a ball or doll, can still play. Those who kept their books, can still read. Those who know how to shake hands, still can talk. Farmers will still saw and reap. Bricklayers will still be able to build. The poorer will get majority power in the UN.

It’s no problem that the small and powerless finally get power and esteem. Call it reparations. The real trouble is the evaporation of democracy, equality before the law, minority rights, Free Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Meeting, and Free Elections.

If we don’t safeguard the grid now, that will all happen, from one day to the next. Not now. In a few decades. And that could last centuries.

It’s good to be optimistic but not to the extent of not preventing danger.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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