Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Trump and Big Pharma try to stop Biden administration from lowering drug prices

The once respectable Jerusalem Post has become a collection point for nonsense and fake news indispensable for the naive and uninformed.

It now ran a Reuter’s story pretending that Trump worked for four years to lower drug prices. While already about to be voted out of office, he signed regulations to sink drug prices. The pharmaceutical industry then went to court against that. The news agency claims that this was one of Trump’s major interests (“flagship”), but unfortunately, I have a memory.

New in office, Trump sat with the bosses of Big Pharma, asking them sweetly to maybe lower some prices. They told him: certainly not, and that was the end of his ‘effort.’ This was three years ago.

Four months ago, he finally came with some shoddy executive orders. Firstly, to try to win the elections. The super-rich are not loyal to anyone. But the new regulations would only go into effect after the elections, so if he’d won, he could have withdrawn them if courts didn’t throw them out.

But if he lost, it obviously was to help the industry go to court even before Biden gets into office. Trump has always been a friend of Big Money.

He now seems a friend of the People demanding lower drug prices. He’s (of course) not. It’s all a show. That Reuters and the Post bring this fake news asking no critical questions is yet another sad day for journalism.

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Make inciters pay

This idol of Free Speech and Freedom of the Press is such a killer.

True, Free Speech and Freedom of the Press are democracy’s backbone. But being limitless about such freedoms also destroys democracy.

When you say that any group of people is inferior, you are an enemy of democracy and your free speech should be taken from you. That’s not anti-democratic. That’s the most democratic of actions there can be.

When media incite, they should be sued. If someone followed up on the agitation and did any damage, the inciters should be brought to court too.

When certain ‘news’ outlets incite the president, sue them.

When the president incites against certain politicians or media and some people start threatening them, sue the president. Sue him for the extra protection, extra police work, and sue them if anyone gets hurt.

In the US, it’s already forbidden for 101 years to shout fire in a crowded theater (when it’s likely to have an effect). Far more dangerous stuff has been said and done lately in the name of freedom, read: democracy.

As if an irritable idol, democrats are so scared to upset these freedoms.

Weapons abused are not freedom but an endangerment of freedom.

Freedom to consume stuff that gives a gulf of illness endangers freedom.

People refusing to wear masks in public during an air-born pandemic, like any dangerous killer, should be locked up. That will teach them what is freedom. There is no freedom to kill, maim, or infect.

That people hurt and kill themselves and others is not an unavoidable natural side effect of democracy. This is its abuse.

‘Anything goes’ is not democracy. It’s lawlessness, the end of democracy.

Stop the abuses of freedom, to save democracy.

The fact that such a laughable anti-democrat as Trump could ever have became the leader of the Free World sadly proves my point so loudly.

Democrats, leave your dogmatism and open your eyes. We need new laws.

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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX among the over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search . His second active blog is here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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