Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Thinking outside of the (ballot) box: Why I love the frequent national elections

A periodical exercise to ignore slander and stay calm and not get upset

The whole time no elections are in sight, the government parties just have their pet projects, and we never are in their field of vision. But, as soon as we get elections, they wake up and play Santa Claus. It’s about time.

The opposition parties are exempt from being constructive, so from them, we get nothing at all if you ignore the slander and anger. But, when an election draws nearer, they make programs for our good as if they are the main power to decide everything already. It’s true that, as soon as they’re in the opposition again, all their plans become worthless, but it is still healing to hear politicians feverishly declaring that they care about us.

It’s just fun to see how half of these parliamentarians drop principles and loyalties, reshuffle the deck several times as if change means progress.

And then there are the polls. If you don’t have enough entertainment from the weather forecast, you get election predictions. They are nonsense and worthless but that has never made them change their methods or anyone stop wasting their money ordering more polls. They always ensure that the margin of uncertainty is larger than the threshold so they can never be blamed for most parties making the threshold or not—each of them completely changing how many seats there are for all the others. Fun is also to see them predict success for different fictitious coalitions, and most politicians believe them. It’s like watching your kids believing in Santa.

For some voters and special interest groups, elections mean secretly and openly lobbying. Some get passionate, with declarations, demonstrations, heated public/private debates, and vague death threats. Almost all fun.

Then your options. In doubt whether to vote for this or that party (leader)? No problem. This time you vote for A and in six months for B. A split vote as never been seen in any other country. You can dance at two weddings.

And then the day of the vote. The illusion that it all depends on you! Or at least that you send a signal to the politicians. As if they care.

And also, the tallying is an unparalleled circus. Almost everyone won, in some way. Some got more seats, some got more seats than expected, some got more seats in the beginning. The party leaders who lost big time but still made the threshold will resign. They won’t represent those who voted for them as they ‘understand that ‘the voters’ didn’t want them.’ And then, commentators can and will explain and explain away anything.

The last four elections resulted in a left-right deadlock, and that’s part of the fun. Our multi-party system and equal strength of the left and right mean we won’t flip between extremes, like in the US. Whatever we vote and whatever ‘analysts’ call it, the next coalition will be centrist again.

The wealthy claim that each election is very costly. This, of course, is a lie. All the money goes to people who sell, earn, and will spend it, so it’s a big boost for the economy. And, more than soccer, it’s worth every penny!

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is generated by the new bore on the block, AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. Or not at all because he doesn't claim G^d talks to him. He gives him good ideas—that's all. MM doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize getting his unpublished books published rather than just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find less-recent posts on a subject XXX among his over 2000 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe too, here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. However, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people when don't deserve that. (Yet, we all make honest mistakes, which is just fine and does not justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight reality), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * Chronologically, his most influential teachers 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. This short list doesn't mean to disrespect others who taught him a lot or a little. One of his rabbis calls him Mr. Innovation [Ish haChidushim]. Yet, his originalities seem to root deeply in traditional Judaism, though they may grow in unexpected directions. In fact, he claims he's modernizing nothing. Rather, mainly basing himself on the basic Hebrew Torah text, he tries to rediscover classical Jewish thought almost lost in thousands of years of stifling Gentile domination and Jewish assimilation. (He pleads for a close reading of the Torah instead of going by rough assumptions of what it would probably mean and before fleeing to Commentaries.) This, in all aspects of life, but prominently in the areas of Free Will, Activism, Homosexuality for men, and Redemption. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. Read his blog on how he attempts to bridge any tensions between those ideas or fields. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. 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 holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. 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 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. 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 an original 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. * His newest books you may find here:
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