Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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The future is here … to destroy us

Riding the warhorse of capitalism (if you can make big bucks ripping everyone off, you should be free to do so), innovation is threatening the social fabric and justice as nothing has done before.

WW I was so atrocious because people went out to kill each other. But modern warfare is more sophisticated. Scores of people can be killed by just pushing a button. The victim will never know what hit them and the killers will never see a dead body.

This is what sophistication is trying to do to work. You will be exploited as never before, you will be hired and fired by machines, and you never will meet your boss or know who is the big boss running off with your fair share.

After Amazon killed off shops (and counting) worldwide, it will now try to uproot independent doctors and healthcare. They will all need to work for Amazon and those who don’t will go bankrupt. First, healthcare spending will come down but once the competition is out, prices will go up and there will be no alternative.

The idea is not to stop computers or progress. (Making electric current illegal would end all these problems, but it also would end all progress.) Rather, I think that consumers must demand from the politicians to outlaw selling under the market price. Big Money can afford to push smaller enterprises out of business and then will push up the prices. That’s the first thing to stop.

Automatization of jobs will be hard enough on the economy and on finding a decently paying job. But we can handle that. To begin with, by providing citizens a universal basic income that takes the stress off of working for a living. People will love to contribute and don’t need to be pushed into unhealthy work situations because of financial worries. This can be done.

What can’t be done is to live in a world where half a dozen men have more financial power than all the politicians of the United Nations combined, to squeeze out even more money from everyone. Citizens must tell politicians to stop the shoplifting of the economy.

The problems are so large that we cannot afford to become hopeless. See:

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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 strict vegan since 2008. 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, lehavdil 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, LGBTQIA, 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 quite 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 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second active wilder blog is here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ to which one may subscribe. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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