“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
We have created societies that are run by the establishment for the benefit of the establishment.
The huge strides in creating wealth through the advancement of science and technology has meant that humans have never been wealthier. We have enormous wealth like never before.
A lot of this wealth has been siphoned off into expensive military equipment.
Some of this wealth has gone into reducing poverty, starvation and crime.
Some has gone into better education and healthcare.
Some of this wealth has been used to raise the living standards of ordinary people.
But most of this wealth has ended up in the vast pockets of the elite establishment. They make the rules and run the world for their own benefit. Through bribes, lobbying, donations, promises and threats they control politicians so that circumstances always reward them.
With the advent of AI and greater automation there is the possibility of an even greater percentage of the world’s wealth ending up in the pockets of the few.
I would suggest that it is time to put this right. There is more than enough wealth to address all the world’s problems. We could
Solve the population growth crisis
Protect all our endangered species
Put a stop to all wars
Raise everybody’s standard of living
Reduce crime substantially
And much more. If we would only learn to use our wealth wisely and not have such greed and selfishness.
AI and automation could provide the means. It seems to me that Roosevelt was spot on.