1. How would you tell the American People that they need to pay more taxes but that you’re obligated to the riches people to spare them, resulting in a tremendous increase in national debt?
A. It’s not going as well as we hoped. A tiny tax increase is necessary – but we’re all going to get a much better society for it.
B. As responsible people we all understand that sometimes we need to give and not just receive. This will help us save money in the long run.
C. We are going to need less money from the American tax payer
D. A tax cut for everyone. This should especially good news for the poor and the middle class. That means more money in your pocket, more money to spend and a boost to the economy.
2. How do you negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry to lower its prices?
A. You tell them: enough is enough. After decades of giantly inflated profits, time has come to lower the prices or we will make you.
B. You and I know that your prices are inflated and need to come down now.
C. How can we help you to start charging less for some of your products?
D. Among friends, I want to ask you if you can find it in your heart to lower some of the prices. Please get back to me when you found some room for that.
3. How do you negotiate with thugs like the Arab Palestinian leadership?
A. You don’t give in more, you won’t have peace.
B. Listen, Israel has been compromising for decades; it’s your turn.
C. We need to see some flexibility from your side.
D. You don’t do as we tell you, we’re going to starve you out of office.
4. How to increase defense spending?
A. Threats have increased so we need to spend more on our military.
B. We have told our allies to pay a fairer part of keeping the world safe; we’re going to do chip in too, but much less than we used to.
C. We’ve become the laughing stock of the world. Unless we shape up militarily, no one will respect us.
D. We hope to never use nuclear weapons, but in order to prevent war to have maximum deterrence, we need to build the best ones possible.
5. How to distract media attention from a scandal?
A. Play business as usual.
B. Hold a really in which you sum up how well the USA is doing thanks to you.
D. Twitter two unrelated obvious lies, one false mean accusation, call Clinton the worst and yourself the best ever, and include an oppressive remark against a weak groups of people generally liked.
6. How do you counter reports that you’re disliked?
A. You deny the figures.
B. They also predicted that I couldn’t win; we don’t trust fake numbers.
C. You tell the press that no president was liked more than you.
D. Appear in front of the camera beaming, well-aware of how much you’re liked and attack the faker-than-ever media (how do these immoral people sleep at night?).
Solution: every A gives you minus 2 points, every B gives 0 points, every C gives 3 points and every D gets you 10 points. If you have an average of -2 until 8: forget it. If you have 8.3 until 8.8: keep working at it. If you have 10 on average: you’re ready.
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. *
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 about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. *
If you don't know the Dutch, get an American peek behind the scenes here: https://youtu.be/QMPp6h6r72M *
To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1600 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/. *
Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, 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 who don't deserve that. 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), 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. *
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. *
One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. *
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. 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, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and 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. *
He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to 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. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. *
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, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. 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 being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. *
His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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. *
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