Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews -- For those who like their news and truths frank and sharp

The new freedom craze: democracy gone bunkers

So many want, demand, or claim the ‘right’ to:

The freedom to ride two-wheelers without a helmet.

The freedom to walk at a construction site without a helmet.

The freedom to ride in a car without a safety belt.

The freedom to smoke in a home or car that serves others (kids).

The freedom to go swim where there is no lifeguard.

The freedom to cross the street without looking both ways.

The freedom to smoke tobacco and drink alcohol at any age.

The freedom to use any drugs we want.

The freedom to eat junk food, overeat, and not exercise.

The freedom to eat meat and travel as much as we want.

The freedom to own our own private appliances, cars.

The freedom to use dishwashers, dryers, and air conditioners.

The freedom to always blame and hate ourselves, others, or G^d.

The freedom to always be stingy or wasteful.

The freedom to fill all your free time cleaving to our TV or mobile.

The freedom to be a couch potato and never make any effort at all.

The freedom to not take therapy when needed but to make others crazy.

The freedom to compete against others instead of just improving yourself.

The freedom to waste our lives without anyone trying to stop us.

The freedom to divorce when your partner becomes too directive.

The freedom to have sex, food, or snacks whenever we feel like it.

The freedom to underpay suckers who’d want to work for less.

The freedom to take advantage of ignorant, naive, and stupid people.

The freedom to be the best at the market of big lies and deceits.

The freedom to say whatever we want no matter how untrue or hurtful.

The freedom to hate and be a bigot.

The freedom to support and elect anti-democrats (racists, Nazis, etc.).

The freedom to use democracy to frustrate and uproot it.

The freedom to trample freedom in the name of freedom.

The freedom to spread lies, fake news, and conspiracy theories.

The freedom to dispute expert climate advice without qualification.

The freedom to dispute expert environmental advice without qualification.

The freedom to dispute expert medical advice without qualification.

The freedom to contract and spread deadly viruses to our hearts’ content.

The freedom to risk our lives for nothing.

The freedom to end our lives when it’s too painful or disappointing.

The freedom to let humanity go extinct and not even care a bit to resist.

When will we understand that a ‘liberty to damage’ destroys freedom?

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too, and decades more to admit to being a genius. But his humility was his to keep. And so was his honesty. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * 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. * 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: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ 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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