Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

It’s the unrestricted Freedom of Speech, stupid

Enshrined in the US Constitution, unlimited Freedom of Speech seems as untouchable and nonsensical as its right to bear weapons. Well, too bad, because they both need to be curtailed and amended urgently.

These principles stem from a time and document that legalized slavery.

It’s good to be principled – with good principles. Once they are obsolete, they must be updated. When found unsound, they must be replaced by standards that make more sense or are more moral. It’s not good to just be a time-server or weathercock. And to be stubborn can be good too. But not when we’re wrong or someone else is more right than us.

People wonder from where comes all the racism and anti-Semitism that’s now gotten more popular in the US. I will tell you from where.

While Black Obama was president and Jews-friendly Trump succeeded him, racism and anti-Semitism soiled the Internet. No one protested.

(As I predicted, a dangerous blaming of Trump’s court Jews has begun. Trump erroneously covers up the murder by the Saudi crown prince “to help Israel.” US troops will not leave the Middle East “to protect Israel.”)

But speech may kill, articulated bigotry be murderous. “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me” is a lie and must stop.

Take an example from smaller democracies, younger and older.

The Dutch teach their children that democracy is the will of the majority while taking minorities into account. They also teach that freedom of speech and press must be limited and give no license to insult or incite.

In Israel, anyone who professes racism cannot stand for election.

It’s late but never too late to halt verbal venom.

Outlawing hate speech is more urgent than having hate crime legislation.

Racism and Jews-hatred are increasing everywhere, in dictatorships and democracies alike. The US could set a helpful example fighting this.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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 vegan for 8 years now. * 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 lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (of young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners, and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. 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 quit 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 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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