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

Honest people are way too naive

From now on, we need to highlight motives and profits, not facts

We’ve entered a new era and hardly anyone noticed. Evil has a new face and can’t be stopped with the old weaponry. The new evil is brazenly lying.

Trump is world-famous. But the current Prime Minister of the Netherlands is very good at it too.

It used to be that when a minister was caught lying, s/he had to go home. It used to be that when a civil servant was caught lying, the minister of that department had to resign. It used to be that when a civil servant under the previous minister was caught lying under the current one, the current minister of that department had to resign. I used to be that when someone with a necktie said something, everyone believed it.

But, these are some of the tricks the current PM has used not to resign:

I’m angry at the big firms we helped that don’t let the money trickle down.

Me resigning under a pandemic’s worse than trying to protect the country.

I’m not proud of what I said there.

The least you tell the Parliament, the least criticism it may have.

I’ll lead a reform to change the political culture (and then not doing that).

I don’t remember saying that. I don’t say I didn’t say that.

I have no active memory of saying that.

I will not reveal my source because that’s confidential.

We have made a serious mistake, and I apologize for that.

He declared his coalition demissionary and just continued at the helm.

Now, everyone knows he’s lying and cheating, but it just doesn’t matter. It has become as irrelevant as his eye color. Surely, any lie will be meted out broadly by the opposition and the press, but that too won’t matter.

The new tactics need to be, not listening to what politicians say but calculating what their policies would do, whom they’d benefit and hurt.

An urgent question is climate change. We’re about to die out as a species, but the warnings by scientists are ignored. They bring facts. So, the people who rather die rich than save the human race simply present ‘alternative facts.’ Facts are neutralized. What needs to be shown is who will profit and who will get hurt if we continue like that.

From now on, we need to focus on motives and profits, not facts.

Liking or disliking what a politician actually says is so 2015.

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 (, 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: 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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