Democracy needs more than free elections | Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden


We become less confused or deviated when we state our beliefs and goals.

I define democracy as the belief and practice that no one is more valuable than anyone else, and societies should work for the needs of all of us.

I think it can work because we don’t have long-term conflicts of interest.

The goal should be a better world. Democracy is only one important tool.

Democracy must stop anything that attacks democracy. This includes preventing fanatics from being representatives or having freedom of speech. When we are weak fighting the wicked, we are wicked against the weak.

Laws must limit the scope of anti-democratic religions and cooperation, to stop the spouting of hatred and the hoarding of money. Here are 2 sacred cows.

Personal “freedoms” that hurt must be fought and alternatives offered. That’s what a caring society should do. There are 2 other sacred cows.

Democratic states must strive to uproot every dictatorship and every autocratically ruled nation. We must ensure that in doing so we do not support terrorists.

Collectively, we must stop damaging and hurting others, animals, nature and the environment, and taking ourselves for granted.

No one is above the law or suspicion. All must be constantly monitored and controlled. Without this oversight, crime will pay and security will fail.

Good people must be taught to be less naive, no less than bad people, that life for the good of all better meets their needs.

We must favor empathy, honesty, respect, modesty and generosity.

MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, previously a daily contributor to the TOI blog. He often makes his readers laugh, angers them, or makes them think he’s crazy, which is close to perfect blogging. As a frontier thinker, he sees things that many do not yet see. He’s half a prophet. Half. Let’s not exaggerate. He doesn’t believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He therefore wanted a broad biography that interested readers could follow a bit of what (the lack of) background, experiences and educations contribute to his visions. * This year, he will prioritize publishing his unpublished books over just blog posts. Next year, he hopes to focus on activism against human extinction. To find older posts on an XXX topic among its more than 1,400 archives, go to the top right corner of a Times of Israel page, click the search icon, and search for “zuiden, XXX.” A second, wilder blog you can subscribe to can be found here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his photo at the top. * Like most of his readers, he believes in friendliness, respect and loyalty. However, if you think these are his top priorities, you might be disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he will not lie to support opinions or people who do not deserve it. (Still, we all make honest mistakes, which is fine and doesn’t justify losing support.) He admits that he sometimes overdoes it to make a point, which could make him look mean, whereas in fact, he’s a rather lovely person. to interact with. He argues – as Dutch does – that a strong opinion does not imply intolerance of other points of view. * Sometimes it is misunderstood because its wide and diverse field of vision rarely matches a specialist’s box. But that’s exactly what some like about him. He has written extensively on psychology (including sexuality and abuse), medicine (including physical immortality), science (including basic statistics), politics (Israel, the United States and the Netherlands, activism – more than left or right, hopes to highlight reality), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, old people, non-whites, women, workers, Jews , LGBTQIA+, foreigners, and anyone else dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust, and Jewish Liberation), the climate crisis, ecology and veganism, current affairs, or the week’s Torah portion, or new ideas that suddenly occurred to 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 does not mean disrespecting others who have taught him much or little. * He hopes his words will inspire and inform, disturb comfort and comfort the disturbed. It aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than revert to the obvious and familiar. When he can, he loves to write encyclopedic summaries. He doesn’t expect his readers to agree. On the contrary, original minds should be challenged. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic freedoms, anti the fake ME peace process, for original orthodoxy, pro -Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for classic down-to-earth optimism and happiness. Read his blog on how he tries to bridge the tensions between these ideas or areas. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to his parents who were Dutch Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew into a humble listener. It took him decades to also become a speaker, and decades more to admit he was a genius. But his humility was his. And his honesty too. Bullies and scammers envy and hate him almost instantly. He hopes to bring new things and not just preach to the choir. * He has a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He has been practicing reassessment co-counselling since 1977, is no longer a formal teacher, and has become a sympathetic and powerful therapist. He became a social activist, became a cleric, made Aliyah and raised three wonderful children. Previously, for decades, he was known to readers of The Jerusalem Post as a frequent letter writer. For a few years he was active in hasbara with Dutch-speaking audiences. He wrote an unpublished tome on Jewish free will. He’s been a strict vegan since 2008. He’s an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His writing was made possible by a grant for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since the age of 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He got three times 9 out of 10 for Dutch in his high school finals, but spends his days communicating in English and Hebrew – how ironic. Gd must have a good sense of humor. In case you were wondering – yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you’re an English speaker wondering why you should read people whose English is only their second language, consider the benefit of having an original perspective outside of your cultural bubble. *To send her a personal reaction, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.


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