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

Why is lying not illegal?

A short study

In court and similar settings, people are requested to promise or swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And if it turns out they lied, they may be in big trouble. But outside of courtrooms, many people volunteer lies in different degrees around the clock and without any state-issued consequences. Why is that?

From occasional white lies to being professional con artists, people lie to get your money for something else than they promised. And that’s not always prosecutable fraud. “Buy this ring and all your back pain will be gone. It almost always works. Here are hundreds of satisfied customers.” Try to get your money back. “Give us your savings and we guarantee you a good afterlife.” Full refund when not completely satisfied?

I love you deeply and want to marry you. And what if the snake was only out to get the other’s goods, securities, lifestyle, good name? Not illegal.

Vaccinations may leave your child brain dead. Climate change is a hoax. The bank is a safe place for your money. The media are all lying. There are aliens among us — it’s proven. Smoking doesn’t kill. If sexual abuse was as rampant as claimed, we’d all have been abused — which is clearly untrue.

Don’t vote labor — they would ruin the economy. Vote me and I will take care of you. I’m not a racist/anti-Semite.

Some people are more hateful, more worthy of hatred, and less deserving and some myths and prejudices about groups of people are simply  true.

If any of the above is a lie, a liar spreading it will go our free. Why is that?

Stealing is outlawed. Injure people/property; when caught, you must pay. But when you lie you go free. You may have hurt the relationship of those you lied to — forever — but it will not give you a criminal record. Why?

Let me suggest: the same reason why we can have a democracy that clearly endangers the wealth of the richest people. The answer is that democracy is the most stable, least costly system and the pretense of equality (and of the intention to create more equality) safeguards the wealthy’s moneys.

Dishonesty makes equality, liberty, and democracy safe for the powerful rich. They would never allow this all without an ability to buy elections, the media, ads to get the main things their way, profit from wars.

We need to teach the rich to part with most of their dough and still be happy. And we must all regain our honesty and integrity for the good of our personal relationships, for justice and for living all well to the fullest.

On a related subject, withholding information is a form of lying. A lack of free Internet access hinders equality. The UN must label it a human right.

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 lehavdiel 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, GLBTQAI, 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 quit 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 500st 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.