Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews -- For those who like their news and truths frank and sharp

Don’t tax the bad, but rather subsidize the good

Don’t tax the rich, un-tax the rest.

Let’s study how to improve transportation, food, freedom, and activism–not just dump those defunct cars, meat & milk, addictions, and the TV.

Transportation

The car lobby is already reinventing itself. Electric cars (the exhaustion pipe moves to the power plants), driverless cars (fewer accidents?), and now also a water tab inside. Higher taxes for cars and gas mostly disturb the poor but won’t reduce the amount of car travel. What to do?

Quick lanes only for cars with passengers are a tad better.

Better and more frequent public transportation can be a winner too.

But the best would be to make all public transportation rides 100% free.

Costs the state lots of money? I wonder. What percentage of the costs are travelers actually paying? Most of it is heavily subsidized already. How much cost the whole chapter of ticket sales and inspection? No more!

Saves also ads to advocate against the overuse of private cars and to promote living in rural areas, outside of city centers.

Frees up commuting time for the tired to work, learn, read, call, or sleep.

It must be such that the regular traveler says: having a car is stealing from my own wallet and time; I’m not crazy.

Food

There was a Belgium professor gastroenterology (intestinal health) who (when I was a student) advocated eating whole-wheat bread as the way to close most hospitals. All sicknesses would nosedive, he claimed. It could be a bit of an exaggeration but the core of truth is noted.

Make whole-wheat bread, cookies, and pasta 10% of the present prices.

Make whole grains, legumes, and veggies 10% of the present prices.

Don’t reduce things that give (too quickly) calories, like stuff that has alcohol, potato, white rice, or corn in it, nor stuff with sugar or salt.

Hours spent excising should delay the time we need to show up at work and reduce our premiums for the health funds and life insurances.

Revamp the old clinics and hospitals to housing and reduce the workweek.

It must be such that the regular consumer says: buying junk food, refined foods, or animal produce steals from my wealth and health; I’m not crazy.

Addiction

Make any kind of detox therapy free of charge and waiting time.

Make any kind of relationship therapy free of charge and waiting time.

It must be such that anyone in distress says: for some imaginary short-term comfort I’m not going to ruin my brain or relationship; I’m not crazy.

Activism

It’s simply not enough anymore to help the people and animals close to us. We must organize and work together on a national and global scale to help all irreplaceable: groups, creatures, nature, the planet, and art to survive.

The hours of participating in SOS activism should count as work hours and be subtracted from the number of hours we work for our regular salary.

This will greatly reduce the time spent vegetating in front of the TV.

It must be such that the regular worker says: not trying to save the planet and everything dear to us is throwing away our future; I’m not crazy.

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Do you think the above is too extreme? Extreme problems ask for extreme solutions. Presently, all of humanity is on its way out. And even if it survives, we’re each needlessly going to die within about a century.

But, this could also be an election strategy to get half of all the votes.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 1400 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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 an original peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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