Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Why lying is more and more obstructing democracy

It used to be that preachers kept the People quiet by lying at them. Marx, therefore, called religion opium for the people. Monumental churches and much talk of Hell and eternal damnation kept most people in check. But it’s not just secularization that created a need for more lies in politics.

Daily common lies have progressed from UFO sightings and the idea the government is looking out for you to idolizing public figures (thank you Hollywood) and dark conspiracy theories ruling the day. But why?

Democracy used to be one-man-one-vote, slaves, women, minors, the poor excluded. Why ask someone who can’t read or write their opinion?

Let stupid, poor, second-class creatures decide what the country should do? They would outnumber the sophisticated elite and would vote them out of money and power. The elites never agreed to what we now call democracy. But slowly, democracy became what it never set out to be.

The poor wanted the right to vote. It wasn’t a problem if you told them what to vote for and that it’s all very complicated. The women wanted to vote. It wasn’t a problem as long as most women believed that they should vote like their husbands if they wanted peace in the home. And which woman didn’t want peace at home? Then Blacks were allowed to vote. They got the same treatment as the poor. And, new tricks were invented.

Talk of enemies helped gather in taxes and protect the rich. There were internal villains and international enemies. If push came to shove, wars were organized — to profit from weapons sales and to ‘unite the nation.’

Charisma was a good trick. If a speaker was able to rile up the masses, he could effectuate anything that keeps the elites in power. A supreme trick was elitists saying that they were for the commoner. It confused enough people. Socialistic parties tried the same, saying that they would also help the more wealthy voters. Lying became an important political tool.

Then it got worse. Politicians started saying anything to stay in power. Lies piled on lies. No falsehood was too big. Most people are gullible enough. So, when honest people contradicted the lies, they were called liars.

The media, always a tool of the establishment, now protested the lies but then were called the enemy of the People. No fact was holy anymore.

A classy trick was a refusal to limit self-defeating excess liberalism. So, addictions, guns for mass murder, voting for anti-democrats became OK.

And this all, because the elite needs to keep onto its money. They grow up with the notion that if their money would be gone, so would their decency, importance, even very physical survival.

Dictators around the world laughed at the ‘failure’ of democracy. Yet, it’s not failing. It’s being so successful (trying to reach equality and fairness) that the rich try anything not to disappear in the crowd. These are the last attempts to keep democracy just a pretense. These attacks on truth, equality, and democracy show that we are on the brink of a better society. A world that doesn’t center around anti-depressants-swallowing few.

Junta leaders and their admirers are as delusional and antiquated as elites in democracies. They expect to expand their powers but they’re on their way out. They might turn ugly when they start realizing their exaggerated privileges are close to over. But, We the People can be confident that the end of unfair, exploitive, inhumane, crippling society is near, as reported.

Then, hospitals will try to heal everyone; not just experiment on everyone to only save the rich. Then, no more money will be scraped from the poor. Everyone will be able to get a fair and satisfying life. Then, gone will be the notion of more important leaders vs. lesser followers that need to obey.

Beyond the current mess, the future looks promising. Hang in there. It will get better. For everyone, even the rich. Try to survive while working for a better future. So you’ll see the fruits of your labor and justice being done.

A reminder of the above points:

● Stay hopeful and an activist.
● Refuse to believe that any powerless group is less good/valuable.
● Discourage nationalism and chauvinism.
● Ban all lies from your lips.
● Work against self-defeating excess liberalism.
● Insist on a fair and satisfying life for everyone.
● Be vocal about non-democracies vying for world domination.

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. * 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: 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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