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

The makeover of the United States of America

Everyone who was shocked seeing the murder of George Floyd knows that racist police violence must stop. It was clear enough to lead to mass demonstrations around the globe.

We used to say that the last 100 years, developments go so fast that it’s hard to keep up. Well, forget about 100 years — look at the last two weeks!

Defunding the police used to be a slogan from the extreme Left. It became a mainstream concept in a couple of days. Defunding means: less police;  doing fewer things they are not good at. They should not deal with the homeless, with domestic disputes, demonstrations, and crime prevention.

And now come calls to demilitarize the police. It’s overkill, pun intended.

It Won’t Stop There

Four radical mind-blowing changes will organically follow the above.

  1. Clearly, racism is not only just localized in the police force.

The above will be a powerful impetus to end systematic racism in the US. Black and Brown people will take more leadership. More Whites will back them up and shed their timidity. Smart and real reparations for decedents of the slaves and Native Americans. Caucasians and non-Caucasians will be so much in each other’s lives that within a generation or two, no statistician can tally Blacks and Whites differently anymore, because of intermarriage. Physicians won’t be able (and won’t think) to write in patients’ files such typically irrelevant things as their race.

  1. Labor relations are still slavery inspired.

Admitting and regretting that American society was built by slave labor will transform present labor relations. The US also missed the socialist development that did some good to European society.

When I worked for USers, I always was seen as beneficiary, them providing me with labor and salary. For them, people were managed by Human Resource. Just like the supply of paper for the printer can be depleted and should be restocked, similarly, there should be enough workers on hand or on standby to get the work done. Workers were nothing more than tools or supplies. If we don’t need you anymore, we owe you nothing.

How different my work as an employee in Europe. There, it was a two-way street. I worked, they paid a salary. They owed me to behave decently and I should work responsibly. We didn’t have to love each other but showing respect and concern for each other was part of the contract. I couldn’t do without the salary, they couldn’t do without my work. Together we benefitted each other. This way one could also work in America.

What also needs to go is the whole warped idea that if you’re not rich and well-connected, you’re on your own. Millions without health case is beyond belief. Working life will become more relaxed when sick days are paid for and in case of disability, you won’t end up starving or homeless.

  1. Demilitarizing will not stop at the police.

The level of weapon possession by regular citizens in the US is only a reflection of the fear and selfishness that the weapon industry sows. Unfortunately, there are countless Israelis carrying guns but their abuse is negligible. While we live in a very violent neighborhood. There is no good reason for so much gun violence in the US. Demilitarize the public too.

  1. And now comes the best reform. The US is a very violent society.

Not only racism is not exclusively found in the police force. So is violence. I was amazed when I first heard, 40 years ago, that boys in US Orthodox schools would beat the living daylight out of each other every day. I said: But you learn every day that you must love each other. How can you lay a hand on anyone? They had no answer to me. That’s what happened.

I went through all my school years in the Netherlands without getting into a fight ever. True, it may have been a close call a few times but I’d defuse the situation with a joke and that was that. I was later told that in the US, every boy gets beaten up around school. A problem not “just” with bullies picking on overweight and GLBTQ kids. What a heartbreak that the dearest you have, your kids, are never really safe in, before, or after school. This got to stop too. When all the above starts shifting, so will the violence for children stop also. And everyone will gain! Women will be safer too.

And when the stress levels go down, so will drug use, depressions, and suicides. Universal Basic Income will certainly help too.

In summary, ending the racism, making work relationships humane, demilitarizing society, and reducing the level of personal violence between people will really remake American society.

Interestingly, this is all happening on the watch of, under the nose of, the most violent, nationalistic, supremacist, bullying US president ever.

Realizing the totality of these reforms will be a drawn-out process but something that ultimately can’t be stopped. No stronger enemy than an idea whose time has come. I’m happy for the American People.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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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