Nostradamus’ prophecies have been questioned for almost 500 years. Did he read “Mirabilis Liber” (Book of Wonders) and then write his “Les Propheties”? More than likely.

In 1949 Albert Einstein wrote an article for the first issue of the Monthly Review. Here’s a summary

Einstein's use of the word ‘oligarch’ was not frequent in the middle of the 20th century, but it’s one frequently spoken today. Here’s part of what one of the smartest men on the planet said in 1949…

Private capital tends to become concentrated in few hands, partly because of competition among the capitalists, and partly because technological development and the increasing division of labor encourage the formation of larger units of production at the expense of smaller ones. The result of these developments is an oligarchy of private capital the enormous power of which cannot be effectively checked even by a democratically organized political society. This is true since the members of legislative bodies are selected by political parties, largely financed or otherwise influenced by private capitalists who, for all practical purposes, separate the electorate from the legislature. The consequence is that the representatives of the people do not in fact sufficiently protect the interests of the underprivileged sections of the population. Moreover, under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights.

Now that's a prophecy!

For me those words describe in detail what has happened in the last 70 years. Einstein had no “Mirabilis Liber’ to consult. He was a visionary in terms of science and society. When he won the Nobel Prize in 1922 for his discovery of the photoelectric effect he taught us to see the world as it is - a duality of waves and particles.

Is Einstein’s socialism some kind of evil born from the devil. I don’t think so. There are plenty of Christian socialists who argue Jesus was a socialist. Yet almost 1500 pages of documents were gathered on Einstein by the FBI because of his socialist belief. He left Germany partially because of anti-Semitism. When he came to the US initially he thought he had found a good place. Years later he had significant doubt. 
Einstein was quintessentially an out-of-the-box thinker. I quote him, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Time to make America great again and solve our problems with out-of-the box thinking not head-in the-sandbox playing with the Clockwork Orange.
Much of the successful world has adopted government with a planned economy. It is called social democracy. It’s time that the people of the US began to learn/read what one of the brightest humanists had to say about our future that became our present. 

Published by Bill Snyder