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New Life #801 – From Capitalism To Socialism

New Life #801 – From Capitalism To Socialism
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Nitzah Mazoz

Summary

We are approaching the end of the era of neoliberalism, capitalism is going to disappear and people won’t be able to become rich any more. 

In the future people will not receive fulfillment from money but from something whole and eternal. Nature is directing us to develop toward a new, unlimited form of existence. Someone who is concerned about the common good will be considered a more developed person. Competition will be in the field of bestowal to society: whoever bestows more to society, will be more respected.

In this way, each will have an equal opportunity to bestow and develop without barriers and feelings of deprivation. The wisdom of Kabbalah teaches how to move to the next state of society in which a person will enjoy giving benefit to others.
From KabTV’s “New Life #801 – From Capitalism To Socialism,” 12/8/16

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Marx’s Predictions Come True, Part 9

laitman_229In the near future, the unemployed throughout the world will total 80% of the world population. In order to somehow reassure them without bringing this critical situation to the point of a new world war, it is first necessary to provide them with an adequate income, which must be done in any case.

Secondly, we need to provide them with integral education. Let them sit down and learn to unite. The world today doesn’t need anything else. And so it will rise until it reaches a spiritual level, and then physical sensations in general will begin to fade.

Question: But shouldn’t change come from the top? Would the elite want to listen to this?

Answer: Those at the top will be interested in these changes because the fear that riots might begin will force them to listen.

After all, each unemployed American keeps two or three guns at home. They can start rioting tomorrow. Therefore, the elite should be very interested in organizing a system of integral education and providing an adequate income to the entire population of the American Rust Belt.

The egoistic fuel has burned out completely. The world has stopped getting egoistic pleasure from life and is looking for new opportunities. In the end, it will lead us to the need for integral education.

Spreading integral education is the most accurate realization of the wisdom of Kabbalah in the last generation. There is no other work that would be more accurately directed to the purpose of creation and to the upper force.

All of the abstract theories are nothing compared with this practical work to organize people on a massive scale so that they will unite at least a little bit and begin to reveal a positive force between them. This will cause huge, positive changes, not just in human society, but in the upper system that affects the entire world.
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From KabTV’s “A Talk About the Current Situation In The World” 12/2/16

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laitman_547_05The wealthy elite should understand that they are creating a time bomb of at least half of the population, and every day this number grows. The bomb is the unemployed that are becoming desperate.

They aren’t students that go to the streets in the big cities to create an uproar in support of Hillary Clinton. These are serious citizens and heads of families.

The elite, in fact, is sitting on the detonator, because the unemployed have nothing to lose. They are silent to a certain limit, but at some point they will explode. So far everything happened through the Trump and Clinton election race. But tomorrow everything could change; after all, every household keeps two to three guns at home.

A person who has lost all hope for a normal life for himself and his children is very dangerous. Therefore, I advise investing in these people to make them good citizens and to teach them to connect. This will cost much less than suppressing disturbances and restoring order.

We must realize that half the country does not agree to continue in the old way, and it must be appeased somehow. It is possible through integral education for a few billion dollars, which is nothing compared to the costs that would be required in the case of a riot.

Today it is necessary to spend money on police and security agents; none of this will be needed. We will have a good, peaceful, quiet population that doesn’t endanger our future life and allows all to live quietly in our country.

This education will be like a soothing lozenge for them. Otherwise we won’t be able to do anything with them. It is impossible to provide them all with work places. Every day the number of unemployed will increase. And what will the elite do? Today people voted for Trump, but tomorrow they might begin to act more firmly. In fact, the Ku Klux Klan could rise, start making a terrible mess and burning everyone.

Therefore, I offer integral education: a good way that will cost almost nothing. It must become a national program to improve the health of society and its lower and weaker sections. I don’t encourage them to rise for a revolution and to build communism, liquidating the upper class. But it is necessary to calm the unemployed that are out of work because of the technological revolution.

It happens in every country, even in not very developed ones. Today nobody needs a workforce. So what is to be done with the excess labor? These people are a heavy burden and a real threat for the country. They must be maintained at a certain level so that they remain human beings. Otherwise, all of America will be filled with abandoned ghost towns.

Who voted for Trump? Former hard workers, heavy industry workers of the “Rust Belt” of America that are left without jobs. But what can he give them? Nothing, since obviously of all his plans nothing will work out. What factories can he bring back to the US? None! It means that he will create fake workplaces in order to keep people busy; they will produce something and then dispose of it.

Today there already are many companies operating on this principle. Huge warehouses are filled with useless products. Our world has taken on an absolutely marred form. So it will be better to calm people and give them integral education so that they will be satisfied with their lives.
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From KabTV’s “A Talk About the Current Situation In The World” 12/2/16

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Summarizing 2016: Economy

 Question: 2016 wasn’t easy for the world economy, but the world has somehow survived. It all started with the big drama around China and fears that it would sink, losing its entire former heyday, and that it would drag the entire world with it into the abyss.

Then, the dramatic situation continued in Europe with the vote on “Brexit.” No one understood its consequences, fearing the collapse of the big banks and the entire banking system. Dramatic events followed one after another.

But on the other hand, despite all of the economic turmoil and a sense that the current method has exhausted itself, in terms of the economy, 2016 wasn’t bad. The world economy is out of crisis and unemployment has decreased.

We treated the little symptoms of the disease without touching its foundation and managed to survive another year. How can you explain that every year it seems that this is the end of the existing economic approach, but the world continues to live through it year after year and nothing changes?

Answer: This just proves that economists can’t change anything. They only think that through their games in the stock markets and banks, they determine the life of the world. The world will continue to survive because the problem is not in the economy but in the relationship between people.

So I do not think that we should worry about the economy. Well, even if there would be another collapse like in 2008 or a devaluation of 20 to 30% all over the world, so what? Banks will steal another few billion from the poor and cover their shortfall.

Question: Economists say that the model based on profit fails all over the world. Life expectancy increases, the number of workplaces is reduced sharply, and robots push us to retire. But there are no possible solutions to those problems. There already are discussions about the introduction of a universal guaranteed income. So, where is the world going?

Answer: Economists will have to take all of this into account, and it will be part of the new economy.

Question: Why are so many people optimistic after the election of Donald Trump as the US President and hopeful for a positive change?

Answer: It is because Trump is a man versed in business. He knows how to do business and refers to the world as a private business.

Economists shout that the world’s economy is on the verge of collapse, but no one wants to take care of the entire world. The economy has become integral all around the globe. Yet, they can’t work together to see the entire world as a home, as their family, as a single country, a single society, and to begin to take proper care of it.

Instead, they perform insignificant calculations: “I am here, and you are out there,” but that doesn’t work anymore. There is a contradiction. On the one hand, the economy must be uniform throughout the world, and on the other hand, economists are unable to think in such a global way.

In other words, economists are the problem. How do we convert them to people with a broad view of the world, not just of their pockets? Otherwise, tomorrow, they will lose even what they have in their pockets.

Question: In 2016, we witnessed the economic collapse of entire countries (Venezuela), the currency denomination and extraction of banknotes from circulation (India), and the economic problems in Greece. How will this affect people?

Answer: It will hit everyone, even billionaires who will suddenly find that they have nothing left of all of their billions. If America has such a huge public debt, how it can be covered? Let’s say that it is necessary to pay off the debt today, so how many billions would be left in the world?

Question: It is impossible to pay off the US debt, but no one is requiring it. Everyone is trusting in the US dollar and therefore are not asking for the repayment of debt.

Answer: However, if they balance the economy and reduce the debt to zero, then every dollar probably would be worth 50 cents or less. Hence, all of it is a fiction.

Question: If such a businessman like Trump has come to power, would it accelerate or, on the contrary, slow down the process of correction and the recognition of evil?

Answer: I think that Trump wants to put everything in order. After all, he understands that in today’s world, everyone is very dependent on each other: China, India, USA, Brazil, and Russia. It is such a vast economic network that no one can be free from it.

Question: But if I am John from Wisconsin and Trump organizes everything, I have no motivation to change my life. Yet, we were talking about the process of correction and the recognition of evil, about moving to new relationships and new economy.

Answer: John from Wisconsin doesn’t need to change, but Chaim from Jerusalem must. Chaim and Sarah from Jerusalem are obliged to change, and then John from Wisconsin also will change, along with Fritz from Berlin, and Jack from London.

The problem is how Trump will put pressure on Israel so that it will finally begin to engage in spiritual correction. The spiritual correction must take place in Israel, the financial correction in America, and then everything will be fine.
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From the Talk Summarizing 2016 12/25/16

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Marx’s Predictions Come True, Part 7

Laitman_115_06Question: What is the difference between today’s crisis and the Tower of Babel that was also explosion of egoism?

Answer: The shattering in ancient Babylon happened due to the crisis of egoism that divided the society into many parts and tribes. Abraham also appealed to equality, like Marx and Baal HaSulam.

But it wasn’t the manifestation of the final egoism; therefore, people had a solution. They just decided to disperse to the four corners of the world as the Torah describes.

Today’s crisis is on a completely different level, although its principle is the same. Everyone understands that there is no solution to the crisis: we have nowhere to disperse, and we can’t return to the old industry. It is impossible to change the obsolete system to a new egoistic one the way it happened when slavery was replaced by feudalism and then capitalism.

There is nothing left to change; we have exhausted all the possibilities. Our egoism. as a result of its work, devastated humanity, drove it to despair, fooled it, and divided into the “prosperous elite” and the “masses.” But the elite, in fact, have nothing. If the financial bubble bursts, everybody will be left with nothing.

The elite must understand that if it comes to the explosion, we will find ourselves in an absolute desert. All life will stop; no one will be able to make any economic connections or deals with others. Banks and investment companies that play this game are bringing the world to the final line.

Why hasn’t the financial bubble burst yet? Why are China and Russia buying US government bonds? Why does everyone agree with its debt? It’s due to the fact that if the dollar system collapses, all world trade and production will freeze. We’ll have nothing to eat tomorrow. There won’t be anything to buy in any store; everything will stop: no one will bring, receive, and deliver goods to others.

We are in a very difficult situation. Therefore, it is no accident that people build warehouses with food and bunkers where they can hide for several years in case of war. After all, in the worst case scenario, we may be left with nothing.

We won’t be able to go back to the “gold standard” (when currency is pegged to gold) due to the sprawling structure of the connections that rose after its cancellation.

Even the negative development stops, because egoism has nowhere to grow. Everything freezes. After all, egoism needs fuel in order to develop, but it has completely burned out. Egoism will be able to continue developing only if we will develop a positive force in parallel with its growth.
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From KabTV’s “A Talk About the Current Situation In The World” 12/2/16

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Laitman_120We can say that Karl Marx has reached a great height; he was as unique as Baal HaSulam, only not on the spiritual level. Marx was a man,who understood the process that is happening in the world and what kind of development awaits us.

He made drew conclusions according to the initial symptoms that manifested in his time on the basis of his research and statistics of textile factory workers.

He was an economist and versed in these matters. With the symptoms of the beginning of egoistic development at the dawn of the industrial revolution and the first mechanization with steam engines, when there wasn’t even electricity, he already knew where it would lead. He was a real economist compared with all other economists who only studied tricks that help to pump more dollars.

Marx felt the driving force of development because he understood that it comes from human egoism and that it could not lead to anything good. Therefore, it is preferable to move in the direction of equality. Baal HaSulam also said that the life of the last generation will be based on equality and universal integration.

Only Marx didn’t see it from the spiritual level like Baal HaSulam, but Marx drew his conclusions as an economist. He said that it is preferable not to continue economic development in the capitalist form, but it is better to start rebuilding society based on equality.

In fact, he didn’t believe that it would happen immediately. Judging by his work, he understood that first preparation and training are required to raise the consciousness of the proletariat to the next level. After all, in his time the workers were completely ignorant.

Today we finally begin to study what we were laughing at during the last hundred and fifty years. His contemporaries didn’t understand Marx. Thirty or forty years after him, the revisionists appeared who distorted Marx’s method in every possible way. Both Lenin and Stalin were also consequences of these mistakes.

Yet Marx’s Capital in itself is a prophecy of the economy. There is no doubt that during the current crisis it will get a new life. The only problem is with the stereotypes established against Marx and the identification of “Marxism” in its Soviet interpretation.
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From KabTV’s “A Talk About the Current Situation In The World” 12/2/16

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New Life #792 – From Consumerism To Spirituality

New Life #792 – From Consumerism To Spirituality
Dr. Michael Laitman in conversation with Oren Levi and Tal Mandelbaum ben Moshe

Summary

Today we measure a person by his assets; status symbols are important to us and we live in constant competition.

Human nature is the desire to enjoy. A person aspires to fill his desire in every action that he performs, like buying something for himself, for example.

Today our ego demands filling and we don’t know how to fill it. The consumer culture today is characterized by buying things that we actually don’t need as a result of advertising that creates this need in us. A person’s self disappears; he doesn’t think about anything and only worries about having money in his pocket.

The only way to break out of the consumerism cycle is through new comprehensive social education. A person must have a greater goal in life, something whole and eternal.

The next product we will market to humanity will be the essence of life, through which a person will contact eternity. A person aspires to ascend above life and death; he refuses to feel limited
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From KabTV’s “New Life #792 – From Consumerism To Spirituality,” 11/24/16

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Marx’s Predictions Come True, Part 5

laitman_938_03Only a small amount of people, the so called “elite,” enjoy life in our world, and the rest become poorer and poorer. These people also understand that they are sitting on the crater of a volcano that is ready to explode. In fact, what pleasure do they have?

After all, it is impossible to buy happiness with money, and it is impossible to eat more than your stomach can hold. All their pleasure is only from the fact that they are above others and can use them. Egoism likes it like that.

The correct solution is to give a person real fulfillment so that he will not feel fear and competition like he now does. This is where the program of nature leads us.

We naively think that people are smarter than nature, but in fact, nature is smarter than we are because it created us. All our roots and sources are in it, and therefore it is worth finding out what nature does to us and what it wants from us. The wisdom of Kabbalah has to be revealed in our time and help a person understand the process our world is going through.

The evolution of the world advanced due to the development of egoism, the desire to enjoy. But now this development is complete. The desire that moved everything exhausted itself and turned into an overripe fruit that started to rot. Humanity must move to the next state.

The transition from the current state to the next one is possible through a nuclear war and the terrible suffering that will make humans wise up and agree with the program of nature. Only a small handful of people will survive such a war and they will eventually realize that they must change their way.

But we have an opportunity to reach this decision today by seeing the incipient state in advance. Then the world will tread a good path in its development. To do so, we must start building a system of integral education for the unemployed, which will become a factory for the production of a positive force in human relations.

Due to the fact that people will sit down and learn how to be together, they will rise, develop internally, build connection between them, and thus generate a good force. It will become a production factory to such an extent that it will be possible to measure how much of the good force was produced, like a the power station. If such a system of education were realized in the US, it would influence the entire nation as well as the rest of the world.

Each group of people, each “Ten” will work as a generator of the good force that balances the negative force and allows the entire world to exist in balance. It will become the new compulsory work for the unemployed, without which they won’t receive benefits. They will come to work every day and learn how to build a positive force between themselves—a product that is in short supply worldwide. There are two forces in nature: positive and negative. And due to this integral production, the positive force will start working in human society.
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From KabTV’s “A Talk About the Current Situation In The World” 12/2/16

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Laitman_049_02Judging by the state of the world, we can conclude by all indications that the old era has ended. As Baal HaSulam predicted, from 1995 onward, the wisdom of Kabbalah started becoming revealed in the world. Humanity thus began understanding the process it is involved in.

The evil force of egoism had been continuously and increasingly developing in humanity, through all social formations: slavery, feudalism, capitalism and socialism. Egoism was a developmental engine. It progressed us. Today, however, it has completed its work because it has reached its maximal realization. The successful ones arose, like cream, and the rest remained at the bottom, like skim milk.

Capitalism stopped working not only for those who remained at the bottom, but even for the elite. The US government debt reached epic proportions and society became divided. It is impossible to continue this way. An incredible amount of people are in distress. The problem, however, is that the egoism of the wealthy elite won’t let them properly share their wealth with the needy.

Corporations still manage to pump out profits, but only through deception. There is nothing behind this apparent wealth; it is not covered by a gold equivalent. It is all a financial bubble that will burst the same way it did in 2008. Its explosion will be even more destructive than war.

The only solution is to make a shift to the new era’s industry. There is total abundance in the world. Our planet can feed us all. Modern technology makes it cost next to nothing. The only problem is how to attract the positive force that is missing in the world.

Egoism completed its work by bringing us to the peak of its capacity. Some thousandth part is at the top, and the rest are at the bottom. The elite can continue in this manner for a few more years with the help of various tricks, but it will be very dangerous because more and more unemployed will accumulate at the bottom without any hope of climbing the social ladder.

If egoism has exhausted itself, then we have nothing left but to continue in a different way. If we start to strengthen our connection, we will generate a positive force within it that will balance out the negative force. We won’t destroy egoism, but it will start working at a higher level.

The egoistic desire doesn’t have room to develop further and this is the reason for the crisis. We have fully exhausted its earthly use in this world. So how can we work with it further? Only by attracting the positive force can we allow egoism to grow further. The competition will continue, but it will be based on a different method.

The more we connect with each other, the more our desire to enjoy grows. It becomes integral. That is, it acts on a completely different level of connection, becoming many times bigger. This is the method of further development based on the desire to enjoy that grows indefinitely in its spiritual form. Compared to what it is capable of, our current egoism is like a tiny bug.

Today, our use of our egoism is very limited, primitive and stupid: to steal a little over here and to snatch a little from over there. Also, the ego explodes and pushes us to further develop. However, we need to supply it with fuel and energy, which is the positive force of bestowal.

It will then spread to the whole world, and the whole world will be yours since you will feel it as yourself. Therefore, the wisdom of Kabbalah is called “the wisdom of reception”: the art of using creation in its entirety, everything created by the desire to enjoy.
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From KabTV’s “A Talk About the Current Situation In The World” 12/2/16

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Laitman_028_02Question: Do you think that the world’s powerful people are able to listen to your warnings?

Answer: The beauty of the present period is that the powerful people are losing their ability to control. They built a system for themselves, believing that it would function for centuries.

It is a system that allows the world to be controlled with money and other artificial incentives. However, since everything in this system is evaluated by money, it ends very quickly. Over the last 30 to 40 years, we have understood that neoliberalism is bankrupt and cannot continue.

It was turned into a game by printing money with nothing to cover it. This bubble would have burst a long time ago if the entire world weren’t involved in this game. The developed countries were assisting the struggling ones, so the system lasted a little longer, but it doesn’t work anymore according to the laws of our egoistic nature.

The world can only develop either according to an egoistic or altruistic nature. These are the only two forces existing in our world. Today, we see that development through the egoistic nature has ended. Karl Marx wrote about the end of capitalism, seeing this perspective even back then.

The elite managed to stretch this agony over many years, assisted by the two World Wars, which greatly slowed the process of dying capitalism. Over the past 50 years, they have managed to survive due to the fake game with dollars, industry and international trade.

America and Europe destroyed their industry and came to terrible unemployment because of this game. Real unemployment in the US is about 30%, and it is even higher in some European countries.

It is impossible to continue moving in this direction. It is not by accident that Trump won the US election. People who more or less see current events understand that this path has reached a dead end. This bluff, built on deception in the economy, trade, and banking system, this entire bubble, must burst.

The great number of unemployed is a serious problem for every country, and we need to find a solution. Apart from supplying them with food, clothing, and shelter, we need to give them fulfillment. Otherwise, they will turn into wild animals.

There is a dialectic of the natural development of human society that cannot be stopped. Not even the most powerful ruler can freeze society at the level of a feudal system for centuries.

There comes a time when people rise up and overthrow all kings and vassals. Today’s elite doesn’t see the seriousness of the problem, like Marie Antoinette who advised the hungry people to eat cake if there is no bread. Eventually, it can end in a big explosion.

Of course, the elite today are more intelligent and cunning than previous monarchs. They influence society through mass media, which they control, and they nourish society with drugs.

Yet, this still will not help. It just slows down people’s waking up to this critical situation. The overall process cannot be reversed.

Our egoism has finished its development. Capitalism is a system that is built entirely on the use of egoism in all of its forms. Therefore, the elite gain control over the media, government, and courts, and use it all only for their own interests in order to exploit everyone. But there is a limit to this, and we’ve reached it.

As a result, the elite break away from the people, leaving them almost nothing, and the people turn into a powerful force from below that has “nothing to lose but their chains,” as Marx wrote. Those are the people that he called the “proletariat.”

However, I doubt that the American people will go to the streets to organize a bloody revolution. Most likely, they will act by pressuring the government, and through elections. There are, of course, the possibility of small riots, but it will not come to civil war as happened once in France and Russia.
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From KabTV’s “A Talk About the Current Situation In The World” 12/2/16

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