Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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‘Black votes should count twice’

Brought to us as a horrifying idea, I will show this proposal to be more democratic than one person, one vote [gasp]. Yes, we all have sacred cows but nothing should be too taboo to be thought about afresh.

When demonstrably, some sections of the population are, for any reason at all, underrepresented in voting, why not make the voting representative? Let every voter pick their main identity. When those are underrepresented, votes are weighed unequally until it’s fair again.

So, it doesn’t matter if certain voters’ groups are bullied out of voting, are too poor, too drunk, blocked by bigoted voting rules, etc.

Then the election is determined for 53% of the women’s vote, etc.

Like politicians have a deadline to register as a candidate or a party, voters should have a chance to volunteer one identity that’s not mentioned yet. Ethnicity, religion, gender identity, class background.

Yet, there must be a limit to how much more a vote will be counted. If I’m the only one who mainly identifies Dutch, and there are 30,000 ex-Dutch Jews in Israel, it can’t be that my vote counts 30,000 times. So, let’s say that the factor can maximally be 10. That should be enough to elevate to equality, every oppressed group in Israel, except kids.

Talking of kids, in modern divorce procedures, it can be that kids get a lawyer pleading for their interests. We need a Kids’ Party (the Dutch have an Animal Party in parliament), to give their interests a voice too.

That’s the end of minority rule that has plagued all democracies!

Yes, again, the elites will be terrified to lose control. Just as after the workers were allowed to vote, and women, Blacks, refugees, youths.

Think about it. Is there anything more democratic?!

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX among the over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon, and search: "zuiden, XXX". * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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