Galileo Shrugged

Ray Katz
5 min readSep 8, 2022

When scientists, engineers and workers went on strike.

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Musk wasn’t happy. Koch wasn’t happy. Bezos was livid.

Their businesses had ground to a halt. The peasants were revolting. Worse still, the scientists and engineers refused to do their work. This was unacceptable.

Musk and Koch and Bezos called their Congressmen, their Senators, and their Presidents. Nearly all of those guys belonged to them, both parties. And not only in the United States. Through PACS and other lightly camouflaged entities, these billionaires and a few others like them controlled governments and policies.

The usual threats went out. And calls for patriotism. Phony nonsense about how “we’re all in this together.” Pep talks. This had always worked before. But not now. Could it be that obedience and fear has a shelf life, and that time is over? But it had ALWAYS been this way! How could this change?

Sure, the storms and heatwaves and floods and shortages had gotten worse. These things happen. But we’re supposed to just roll up our sleeves, patch it all up and keep going. It’s the American Way.

Crises, Real and Imagined

Scientists and engineers and workers weren’t interested in the fake crisis. They didn’t feel like being obedient to foolish billionaires and their pals. They didn’t feel like producing useless widgets that end up in landfills to further enrich people who were already obscenely rich. Scientists and engineers didn’t care about the projects of rich people. They were interested in the planet they live on and the creatures that live on it.

The few thousand rich fools could do whatever they want. Which wouldn’t be much because they are mostly old and weak and incompetent. But…whatever.

Orders Went Out

Shoot to kill was the order. THIS was a desperate situation. Everything, well almost everything, had ground to a halt.

National governments, still obedient to their financial sponsors, gave the orders to shoot. Their police and military would fire into the rebellious protesting crowds. But there were no such crowds. There were just empty shop floors, empty offices, Zoom calls unanswered. There were no leaders to round up, no scapegoats to…

Ray Katz

Internet pioneer. But I’m most interested in stabilizing the Earth’s climate and promoting our common humanity.