Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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It’s not craziness, it’s capitalism

Here are three sad but laughable examples of how capitalism throws away our money. After ‘indispensable improvements’ have been paid for, the previous ‘lesser state’ is then promoted as the ‘ultimate progress.’

Bus, Light-Rail Way, Train on Wheels

Great invention: public transportation. Bus lines to every corner serving people waiting for the ride. Problem: Bus drivers get sick. Especially from the draft and bad seats. And then they go on pension. The most expensive part of bus rides is the salary for the drivers – no matter how low.

Solution: double buses. I still remember city officials claiming that it is impossible to drive such lengthy vehicles through the old narrow streets of the center of Amsterdam. The drivers said: Let’s try. And they did it!

Still, that could be cheaper: streetcars. You can get so many people per driver into a line of wagons. The problem is that tracks must be installed. That costs a fortune. That problem is ‘solved’ by letting ‘friends of yours’ install them. The whole of Jerusalem is turned upside-down for light-rail tracks.

But, the always out-to-improve-the-world Ministry of Transportation now has the newest: Trains on wheels. They come from China. Fantastic. No need to install tracks (already there). We will save so much money.

Now, the ministers and civil servants who decided this have never seen public transportation from close-by. They go by official cars with a driver. So, they don’t know that we already have a name for trains on wheels. We call them … buses. What tremendous progress we are booking!

Care Homes in, out

I worked in a nursing home, the largest in Amsterdam and possibly the Netherlands. Wasn’t it cruel to remove these old people from their familiar homes, surroundings? There is a Dutch saying: Old trees you should not move. The standard answer was: Don’t worry. It’s good for them. They meet new people, don’t need to eat alone anymore, do things together, there is always nursing staff available. Nursing homes are the best. But the real reason was: It was considered cheaper to have them all together than servicing everyone at home. (Almost all of them were elderly, until they made a special department for AIDS patients before there was a cure.)

Then came an authoritative economic report. Keeping older people in their old homes and neighborhoods is in fact cheaper. Within two years, almost all nursing homes were closed. No, you should not move old trees. And now, they have their privacy. It’s easier on their minds. They’ll feel better.

Radio, TV, Podcast

At first, there was the radio. It informed, it entertained. But mostly, it let people who have nothing to report talk to people who’re not listening.

But that wasn’t good enough. We got the big screen, we got the small screen. You had to concentrate and follow.

But now, progress has stricken again. The podcast. Don’t break younger people’s hearts by telling them it’s nothing new. It’s just the radio again.

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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