Posts in this new series are my dystopic speculations and predictions about how the near future might turn out. In any case, I am more qualified to predict the future than some white moron from an ivy-league university or oxbridge who lacks the ability to see past their favorite delusion.
My tasteless prediction for today is- People who work in the medical profession might start dying at the hands of potential patients.
Inspite of what physicians and other health “professionals” think, health care is widely seen as a public utility. Denial of timely and effective health care because of the persons inability to pay is seen as a form of murder- at least in countries where most people have functioning toilets and clean drinking water. While people will overlook some amount of greed and negligence from health care “professionals”, they will not tolerate it without retaliation once things spiral past their individual tolerance.
I believe that the demographic profile of western countries in combination with the dominance of neoliberalism, the gutting of social safety nets AND the greed of medical “professionals” will create a particularly nasty scenario. It goes something like this-
An increasing number of people who are ill might suffer or die from the lack of adequate healthcare due to their financial situation. The internet will allow such stories to spread and start creating public outrage which will cause these “professionals” to adopt an even more defensive and absurd posture. Moreover the dissemination of information via the internet has destroyed the information monopoly of most branches of medicine and others have been exposed as useless or barely useful.
It is therefore likely that, at some stage, people will start targeting and killing medical “professionals” and their kids.
Such killings might occur through conventional or unconventional means. Emptying a ammo clip into somebody or burning them alive with a gallon of gasoline has pretty much the same end result. Initially such incidents will be seen as isolated acts by ‘madmen’, but the knee-jerk reaction of medical “professionals” to such incidents and spread of information about individual cases through non-mainstream channels will eventually normalize such behavior.
What do you think? Comments?