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

The roots, motives, and effects of US TV cop shows

Things so innocent, silly, and useless as TV entertainment can in reality be so vicious to the bone that it might need to be stopped.

The Good Against the Wicked

The classical police drama starts like this. Villains threaten a policeman or some other ‘good’ citizen the viewer identifies with.

Two scenarios. The threatened person says either of two things:

Please, please, I have a wife and two small kids, please, please …

I dare you, you stinking bastard. You worthless piece of …

That always ends with a bullet. Now the policeman has been coldheartedly killed so it’s not so bad when the villains will be chased and killed too.

(From this, we learn the two fool-proof ways to be killed by someone who threatens you. The way to escape unscratched comes from almost any other response than participating in the script ‘I am threatened.’ You can distract from what’s happening. You may show empathy for the attacker’s feelings ignoring your own. You could play being crazy beyond reason.)

The roots of this good-against-evil storyline lie in the Indians-against-the-Pioneers movies. The large screen portrayed the American Natives as possessive bloodthirsty villains so that the Whites were innocent by-passers who just tried to live peacefully and protect themselves.

This, to hide away the truth that the white colonialists had viciously robbed the Natives of their lands.

Beware of any portrayal of two groups of people as good versus evil, especially along racial lines. There are only two groups of people; people who divide mankind into two groups and people who don’t. (Belgium’s version: There are only three groups of people; people who are bad at math and those who aren’t.)

The Gift that Kept Giving

And now we can see how the image of cops being our pristine protectors worked also to cover up police brutality, especially racial murder. These shows even portray it as if cops must break the laws in order to protect “us.” Us, of course, never includes all Americans.

The truth is that the army fought Nazis a very long time ago and that police fight gangsters only a minute part of the time. Most of the time, these troopers are used to protect the super-rich from any change in society.

Let’s scale back army and police work for what really is their job. To protect the general public, not to serve the privileged only.

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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