Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Israel to Yang Gang, Israel to Yang Gang: Help!

To save most Israelis from perpetual poverty, we need Human Capitalism

2020 USA presidential elections candidate Andrew Yang (Make America Think Harder), in theory, solved America’s problems. He did not become president (yet), but his thinking outside of the box has all the solutions.

America is too conservative to think that progressive is anything but a derogatory term. Yet, it does not agree that almost nobody owns the economy of almost everybody. The Land of Opportunity for the few.

In the standard (antiquated) economic models, it is possible that ‘the economy is doing great’ while most people are struggling financially. Or, that climate, psychological, and income needs are seen as constrains. Yang’s idea: ‘Not Left [revolution], Not Right [staying put], But Forward.’ Capitalism, with as central value not the dollar, but humans’ wellbeing.

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Israel has, from very different causes, a very similar deadlock.

Most Israelis work too many hours per day and still are in perpetual debt. Their solution: an everlasting ‘Italian strike’ (as they call that here): working, but as slowly as possible. Preferably, one does the work and one supervisor and a dozen colleagues watch and discuss what they think of it.

Economists complain, blaming the victims for not working harder. NEVER trust any economist. There are small lies, big lies, statistics, and economic theories. A good example is the latest move by the Bank of Israel calling for raising taxes because of the costs of the pandemic ‘to save the economy.’ The code word for the narrow interests of the super-rich, totally ignoring, and exacerbating the corona hardships Israeli citizens and companies have.

The truth is that most Israelis cannot argue why but they refuse to be any more productive because they know in their bones that most of their salaries are stolen. Who’s the invisible thief? The banks. They make that even hardworking Israelis generally live in chronic overdraft.

It works like this: You make sure that renters have no protection. So everyone wants to buy a house. Then you give them a mortgage that insures they pay for three houses to get one. Works for 50 years already.

Israel was founded by socialists, and some remnants of that still exist. Especially the charitable Jewish mindset that also gave rise to Socialism.

But, then why does the majority now vote right-wing? Because the left endangered our lives with fancy stories and theories, getting more than a thousand people killed and thousands maimed in the Second Intifada. More lives are at stake if foreign enemies are not dealt with sufficiently.

As long as the left-wing parties refuse to stand up for a safe Israel, we will have right-wing governments that will leave the population poor. Call us old-fashioned but we’re rather in-debt than dead.

(Not just the left-wing politicians are to blame. In a large majority, we voted them into power because we were so naive. When a couple of terrorists put on a tie and smiled, we wanted to believe their lies so badly.)

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Yang Economics could save Israel too. We need policies that are capitalist but centered around human, not monetary, needs: People First. Israel too needs politicians with plans based on facts, not sentiments. His methods and ideas would take Israel by storm. But they’re still unknown here.

The Yang Gang has enough young Jewish smartasses. (Not that we couldn’t learn from the Gentile Yang Geeks!) We need the ones who are here to unite into a movement. We need the ones there to make aliyah, or, at least, come here and speak, start or strengthen a movement.

Yang has attracted lots of Jews, Asians, Gays, beating their timidity and hopelessness. In Israel, the Yang Gang would be populated by lots of Charedics, Israeli Arabs (including Mizrachics), feminists, etc., people waiting for decades for a framework and the courage to get moving.

The Yang Gang in Israel could show the whole world what real progressive success is. Just like the capitalist COVID-19 vaccine policy here did. That was Yang-like. Netanyahu understood, as a smart capitalist, that you need to prioritize human life and health before/in order to save the economy.

Yang is only human. But he knows that. How pleasant. He recently made a sudden wrong move about Israel. But he corrected himself. It seems.

Israel to Yang Gang, Israel to Yang Gang: Please, help!

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Here are some of my earlier vlogs about Andrew Yang and his ideas:

Here are some prime sources:

Yang’s 2020 elaborate neat election program policy stands

His Wikipedia pages (links to several pages)

Nerds for Humanity: Yang Gang Geeks’ vlogs with many Geek guests

The Matt Skidmore Show: ‘right-wing’ vlogs with Yang’s media emergences

Yang Speaks: his own frequent podcasts with thought-provoking guests.

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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