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

The fall of Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders became infamous the world over. He claimed common sense for what for most Dutch people sounded as indecent extremist racist language, needlessly insulting the Koran, Muslims, Moroccans and Turks.

What used to be not done in the Netherlands he made into just another opinion. No doubt unwittingly, he lowered the threshold for much spoken bigotry, including anti-Semitism and homophobia.

We must say that he was on to something, but he could have addressed that in a non-racist way, and he didn’t (read here why). The major political parties in the Low Countries have now adopted ideas that were too weak in Dutch culture, as: national pride. The only message left for Wilders is extreme racist xenophobe insults. His game is over.

And then it happened.

Geert Wilders just nailed the last nail into his political coffin. He went to Russia to show: that public opinion in The Netherlands vis-à-vis the land of Putin is mistaken, that Wilders has nothing against the dictatorship and that the power-hungry ex-Communist distant neighbor would also have nothing against the Dutch. What a bad reader of the public this agitator turns out to be.

Russia shot a passenger plane with many Dutch from the sky and refuses to admit guilt. 193 of the passengers were Dutch and the sharp pain of their loss is still raw. Putin is also the man who bombs civilians in Syria. He jails opposition leaders. He tries to disrupt elections the world over. Why in fact should the Dutch like him?

Wilders speaks about unjustified Dutch Russophobia. He’s wrong. And the Dutch public will never take him serious again. Goodbye Wilders.

He might have taken this trip to enlarge his European image, seeing that in the upcoming Dutch municipal elections he’s a nobody. After this debacle he’ll be a nobody in Dutch national politics too. Good riddance.

About the Author
The author 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 He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will.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 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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