Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Gun violence in the USA

It’s not the Second Amendment to the Constitution, stupid

This gun violence is not rooted in the capitalist inclination by gun manufacturers to sell weapons. It is not fueled most by patriotism or the Constitution. It’s not born from the Civil War. Its roots go much deeper.

Average Americans are nice people. I saw plenty of them to conclude that.

Yet, American society is cruel and violent. If you lack money, connections, health, or happiness, you’re out. Go fend for yourself. Where did that come from? You could say that this comes from America never having been influenced by Socialism. True as that may be, that’s too recent.

I guess that all the hardness goes back to the founding times of the Republic. The Land was stolen from the Natives, who were murdered like flies. Mainly by firearms! The Land was worked by Black Slaves. They had no rights, not even a right to live. Survivors from slave traders were stolen from Africa. This double genocide laid the basis of the USA.

A primitive Christian notion was used to justify the indefensible. There were supposedly two superpowers, God, and Satan, Good and Evil, and two types of people, the worthy saintly, and the unworthy evil ones.

When the modern entertainment industry broke loose, films falsely portrayed US’ history as the White man’s victory over primitive blood-thirsty natives, and of the cultured Whites over animalistic Blacks.

This grew generations of White racists. Laws have been changed and shame has come up. But the old brainwash is not gone so quickly.

After that, a new group of wicked people was ‘found.’ Communists were the new danger. Innocent folks were destroyed for the good of ‘progress.’

When that became old-hat, the next group to target were poor ruthless criminals vs. the police. The latter were always decent, the former vile.

It seems to me (a psychological sidebar) that pursuers are mainly people who were extra oppressed when very young, later in life still feeling beleaguered, given a chance now to oppress others. Not for revenge but because they still felt the victim — even while victimizing others.

There seems only one route to making American society as sweet as Americans: to do what Germany has done. The only real way to be truly proud is to reject shameful historic ‘glory.’ A smart Reparations program for the Natives and Black alive today could finally make the US take a corner. Germany has succeeded. Yes, it still harbors 20% hard-core anti-Semites but they are outside of national consensus.

A world without racism will also make White’s lives better. A world without sexism will finally return men their lives. Total respect for young people will give a better life for people of every age. This is not to say that agents of oppressions are the true victims — we are not. But, both the over-privileged and the wronged are standing to gain by a humane society.

If you can go to Europe and risk being slaughtered in order to defeat the Nazis, if you can put a man on the moon, then you certainly can make a nicer society, with protection of the socially weaker, and a total ban on anything that smells after racism. (Just (pardon the pun) to aim for life without gun violence is too little.) You can do it. The whole world expects you to do it. We’re all waiting to see it happen. Please, make it fast.

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 his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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