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

The greatest intrusion on American civil liberties

Irony alert!

I don’t know where to start. So many of our liberties are under assault.

Some say (see above clip): obligatory face mask-wearing in public or a lockdown to stop the spread of a pandemic is the greatest intrusion on American civil liberties. Where is our freedom to call death’s bluff or to endanger our lives and healths and the lives of others? If you don’t want to get infected, be a wimp, stay home. But leave us our freedom to live.

But this is not unprecedented. We’re born free but …

How about smoke-free areas? Even in places meant to destruct our health, cripple us, and prevent us from getting old slowly, like in bars and pubs. Since when should the authorities have the right to stop us from inflicting cancer, asthma, and heart disease on ourselves and the people who like to hang out with us? Where is our freedom of choice? Everyone is allowed to stress you out but when you want to unwind, you are subjected to rules.

But it gets even crazier. They took our freedom to drive while being under the influence of alcohol. In your own car, anywhere on the road, you can’t do as you please anymore. It’s our lives, no? And everyone who enters a vehicle or traffic knows they could get killed. Don’t say people didn’t know what they got themselves into. You can be aggressive, reckless, and even bent on murdering people while driving and no one will pull you out of traffic. But you had two beers to relax a bit and they pull you off the street, fine you, take your license away, and put you into jail. For two beers!

How about beating the living daylight out of a friend, spouse, or stranger, who doesn’t want to stop annoying you? They often ask for it. But when you show that you’re human (at least someone should be human with such creeps around) and blow up, then you get in trouble with the law.

From the goodness of your heart, you hire a few workers. No one obligates you to do so. You pay them well and on time. But then come the safety regulations. And there are endless lists of what they consider unsafe. When they hurt themselves, you are to blame. We’re free to be accused.

Or say, you have enough money to hire a prostitute for some services or even take a slave, you give these people purposeful work and you’re in violation of the law. Where is our freedom to hack out our own lives?

And when you collect pornography–we should not judge anyone because everyone is using it–you need to check if the subjects are above certain ages, depending on state and country. What’s a legal age here is illegal there. You can have sex with any 80-year-old who is senile, but a sharp kid who thinks it’s innocent fun, the law intervenes. Also hurting these kids’ freedom to express themselves. Emotional damage that could be for life.

Talking of sex, how can anyone stop you from being naked in public? The Bible has Adam and Eve naked. And that was before they sinned. If you don’t like it, don’t look. When it gets normal, no one will notice anymore, including children who like to run around naked. Those nosy laws.

But there is even worse. Riding a bike without a helmet, riding in a car without a seatbelt, or playing chicken at a highway or the railroad tracks, in many places is a violation of the law. Why should others decide on our own lives? We’re not endangering others. It’s pure intrusion, paternalism, and dictatorship. We must protest this increasing assault on civil liberties.

As we know, the so called liberals, actually the dictates of political correctness, are working at taking away our liberty to speak our mind. Not even to address our right to bear arms. As if the state should own our lives.

Everyone talks about protecting the sensitivities of others but no one thinks of our sensitivities that we don’t want to be straight-jacked.

When we are born, we do not sign that we would do everything to keep ourselves and others alive. I understand that there are a lot of cowards around who’d rather live than live and die truly free, who want to protect themselves from dying through others. Don’t they know they’re gonna die anyway? But in any case, when it comes to our own lives, let’s demand total freedom. It’s no one else’s business what we do with our lives.

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. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry, and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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