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

Nip specific hate speech in the bud before the US 2020 elections

US Racism became much more open, blatant and violent under Obama.

Antisemitic attacks under Israel-loving Trump are stunning the US now.

That means that violent crimes against women must be expected to rise if a woman gets elected president in 2020. If the new president is Gay, expect Gay bashers to come up in full force. If he’s ethnically Chinese, expect more racism to come out. Also, if the new administration brings more anti-bigoted laws, expect violence in the opposite direction.

True, that girls would profit from learning early that women can do anything men can do and more. Ginger Rogers made the same dance steps as Fred Astaire on high heels and backward. But apparently, not only those targeted by oppression notice the contradiction when reality shows that the prejudices are nonsense. Bigots get energized too. Obama was called stupid and primitive all over the Internet.

The first way to prevent an uptick in physical violence is to stop hate speech on the Internet. Because of their long tradition of Freedom of Speech, the US are extra vulnerable to not calling out hate speech. In fact, its constitutional Freedom of Speech is seen as untouchably holy.

Americans need to learn that not all speech falls under such freedom.

Compare this to a pill against aches that kills. That’s where society draws that line. That’s not a cure in any way anymore. That’s murder.

Freedom of Speech is not a stand-alone freedom. It’s part of the foundation of a democratic society.

In its company, we find, a free press, a freedom of assembly, a freedom to live a life of one’s choice, freedom to acquire information, freedom to vote and be elected, and equality for the law.

That means, that no one has any right or liberty to utter speech that threatens this equality.

So, you can’t say that certain oppressed groups of people are less intelligent, valuable, worthy, important, etc.

So, there is no freedom to degrade, even by a hint, the intrinsic value of anyone.

So, you can’t put down anyone’s freedom to shape their own lives to their free choice as long that they don’t hinder the freedom of others or hurt a greater interest of the community.

So, you can’t threaten or uneasy any oppressed section of the population.

So, you can’t reject anyone because they belong to an oppressed group.

There is no right to be free to murder and no right to spread hate speech.

This is comparable to, there is not freedom to stand for elected office while preaching that rights of some groups are less valuable or more expendable. Banning such contenders is not anti-democratic. Democracy demands that we exclude anti-egalitarian contestants and parties.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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 lehavdiel 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, GLBTQAI, 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 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. 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 send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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