Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Not politicians but the super rich keep democracy from effectuating real change

Dictators even pretend to rule democracies by holding elections. They maintain their power by heavily selecting who’s electable. Their parliaments have no real powers. They work for the tyrants by letting parties scream at each other, dividing the population into warring camps. When a real revolt threatens, the ruler, always supposedly sympathetic to the common man, will fire the government to appoint new straw men. But real democracies work more subtly.

Before the poor, illiterate, and women (and in the US: the Blacks) got voting rights, the problem was: How do the super-rich keep their power and money? The key to maintaining their privilege was slowing down any changes. When inevitable improvements got through, they would be embedded in protecting the narrow interests of the most powerful.

It’s not that politicians are incompetent to bring major changes. The system is designed to curve any threat to the super-wealthy. Otherwise, the super-rich would never have agreed to let everyone vote.

On top of this, most popular is the use of politicians who pretend to be for the people and other noble things like freedom. (The freedom of the most wealthy to keep their power.) These ‘liberals’ never say that they are for the very rich. The very rich know whom to fund and vote for.

A nice trick is to give the ‘a bit more fortunate’ the feeling that they have something to lose. They will often vote for securing their tiny benefit instead of the common good. The (upper) middle class for the owners. But also: the educated working class will want to keep its privileges.

On top of that, the ‘best’ politicians are those who don’t just pretend and lie about where their loyalties lie. They also know how to rile up and manipulate the public. They will not just bring you more money — they will stop and prevent life-threatening poverty ‘the others’ would bring you. They will not just defend you against foreign powers — they will win ‘for you’ (at their desk while your kids die in battle) the war from these ‘aggressors’ (making fortunes from arms sales).’

The last two things, to pretend to be on your side and inciting you, help prevent that the goods are returned from the super-rich to the people. But the basic tool is to slow down progress until their money is secured.

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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