A Cry From The Heart

As I survey the wreckage of everybody’s hopes and dreams, I ask: how come we don’t have a political party that stands for what I believe? It seems obvious to me that we will never have world peace until we have world prosperity. World prosperity is not a Utopian goal. The technology exists right now to feed, clothe, house, educate and even entertain every human being on earth at a reasonable level of comfort. Why isn’t this happening? For the obvious reason that there doesn’t exist any public or private authority charged with making it happen. Existing governments are concerned only with the well being of individual countries, and the United Nations has no authority over the world economy. Multi-national corporations do engage in a considerable amount of global economic planning, but the goal of this planning is to maximize corporate profits, not improve living standards for the human race. The benefits of modern technology are therefore distributed in an uneven manner, and little or no attention is directed to preventing environmental degradation. The result is well known: wealth for some, poverty for others, strife, discord and pollution for all.
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Secular Conversion

Any objective assessment of the Jewish future must sooner or later run into the brick wall of demographics. There are just not enough Jews for a really optimistic projection of future prospects. Today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, the number of Jews in the world is still some three million short of what it was prior to the Nazi onslaught. To be sure, there are now more than six million Jews in Israel, but many experts believe that in 10 or 20 years Arabs will outnumber Jews in the area between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean sea. Approximately six million Jews live in the United States, and of these a large percentage either have no children or are married to non-Jews. An additional four million Jews live elsewhere in the world, primarily in dwindling communities in England, France and the former Soviet Union, making a total of approximately fifteen million Jews worldwide. Considering how much attention, both welcome and unwelcome, is lavished on the Jewish people, the disproportion in numbers between ourselves and our critics is staggering.
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Which Is Stronger, Democracy or Islam?

For a long time now I have been saying that the long term survival and growth of Israel depends in large measure on the gradual democratization of the political culture of the Arab and Muslim world. As if to confound me there have been a series of pro-democracy uprisings in the Arab world – the so-called “Arab Spring” – whose main result has been to greatly enhance the power and prestige of the manifestly anti-democratic and anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood. In particular there now appears a strong possibility that the overthrow of the Mubarak regime in Egypt will lead to the establishment of an even more repressive Islamist dictatorship supported by the majority of the Egyptian people. Having come to power through a pro-democracy uprising leading to democratic elections, the Muslim Brotherhood now seems poised to perpetuate its rule for a long time to come.
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