Friday, November 30, 2012

K solves Unz's Paradox

Commenter K has elegantly solved Ron Unz's paradox. Unz has documented that while Jewish students (almost) stopped taking most academic achievement prizes, they still are admitted in large numbers in the  elite universities. Complementarily, Chinese are taking most of the prizes yet are being admitted in lower numbers that merited by their stellar academic achievements. Unz concludes that American meritocracy is failing or inexistent, that Jews are dominating not out of their intellectual capabilities ("merit") but cheating their way to the top.

Where did I heard that argument? In all antisemitic papers before 1930. The Jews get rich not by honest work but by cheating and conspiring. Recently I read an old German pseudo-scientific study on financial criminality among Jews (in Hungarian, because Hungarians are busily translating old German antisemitic materials). Honest, hardworking Arians are unable to rise out of poverty while cheating Semites get ahead effortlessly.

K, who has first hand experience in academic prizes and admission procedures to elite universities (thanks to his talented daughter), has an easy explanation for Unz's paradox. Supposing Jews do cheat and succeed in getting in, does it mean that the Chinese students cant get in because they dont cheat? because Chinese are famous for falsifying academic records and cheating everywhere they can. The answer:

The problem is that they don't know which part of the game to cheat on. They think that higher is always better so they focus on getting the highest possible score instead of the whole package. Speaking to the admissions officers at MIT, they made it clear that beyond a certain ( fairly high) threshold (though they didn't say this, the threshold varies by race, considerably - maybe 300 points out of 2400 lower for blacks) , a few more points one way or the other meant nothing to them. Asians focus all their efforts on getting the highest score, taking the test more than once, attending special cram school, etc. This actually backfires on them and makes them LESS likely to get in than if they had spent their free time playing football (so does other "typical" Asian activities such a playing violin wonderfully).

My daughter (having a perfectionist personality) wanted to take the SATs again so she could raise her score from 2320 to 2400 (or closer to 2400). I told her under no circumstances was she to do so - they would be much more impressed by someone who had achieved a high score seemingly "effortlessly" on one try. And she was admitted everywhere she applied.

I don't blame the Asian parents for being clueless. Having attended college in the US I now understood the game quite well. I recall that back when I was applying, my own immigrant parents were totally clueless as to what the system was - it would not have been more alien to them if I were applying for a position on a Martian spaceship.
So it is not that Jews got less intelligent nor they cheat more than others, but they learned to stop wasting time and effort in achieving meaningless academic prizes and focus on things that will get them in the elite. Of course.

53 comments:

Caiaphas said...

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Anonymous said...

K is incorrect and his assertion is easily falsifiable.

Just because the Germans were anti-semitic does not mean they were wrong.

Ethnic cohesion of an immigrant group results in ethnic nepotism. Case in point, sufficient numbers of ethnic Irish immigrants in major American cities of the late 19th and early 20th centuries resulted in de-facto Irish monopolies in certain employment sectors. Even today, say in the IT sector once a certain number of Indian managers are present in an organization, it gradually becomes more Indian until it reaches a tipping point wherein it rapidly becomes only Indian.

Jews used their control over American media and the natural gullibility of the Northern European protestant to wrest control of elite educational institutions from them. WASP favoritism became Jew favoritism but this is difficult to notice because most the Askhenazi Jews are physically indistinguishable from the dominant host population asides from maybe more pronounced noses.

Unz pointed out that the jews were winning the academic race with the gentiles even as their enrollment numbers matched those of today during the 60's and 70's. Certainly not the "well-rounded" individuals of today but pointdexters.

I recall one interesting note from the trial of that Sri Lankan hedge fund manager in New York who is now in prison for insider trading. One of his partners at the firm took umbrage that the young traders he was hiring were all swarthy fellows like himself. He in turn pointed at his own department noting; jew, jew, jew, jew, and jew.

With such big noses, its no surprise your people often miss what is directly underneath them.

IHTG said...

Anonymous: Wouldn't it be more sinister if Jews had actually evolved beyond the point where they even need nepotism?

J said...

IHTG

I suspect we left that point behind some time ago. Just think of Lustiger, the Cardinal of Paris. An orphan exposed and picked up by the Church, he rised on the strength of his own self. You cannot imagine how important is that title, much more than רב הראשי

I also remember the last Italian Nobel Prize winner, also an orphan abandoned in post war Italy and surviving in street gangs, yet floating to the top alone.

There are many other examples of people who not even she knew she was Jewish and of course her husband didnt know and no one imagined it, yet became Secretary of State and so.

I could go on.

Sinister? Why?

Anonymous said...

Oh, my. The quality of anti-Semites has certainly declined over the last century. Any German schoolchild in the '30s could have done better. The pronounced nose is just ONE of the signs of the Jew.

Yes, the reason the Jews have taken over is because of the natural gullibility of the WASPs. Also their kind and generous nature, which they exhibited in their treatment of the American Indian. Also in the way that they fought WWII in Dresden, Hiroshima, etc.

If Jewish favoritism is difficult to notice and WASPs are gullible, why is it that you seem to have no problem figuring this out? Are you smarter than the average N. European? Perhaps you have some Jewish ancestry and are not aware of it?

K

Anonymous said...

J - thank you for highlighting my posting (and giving it even more publicity at Sailer's blog). The funny thing about Sailer is that while I don't think he is an anti-Semite (or at least a very intelligent one), his blog seems to attract the paleolithic anti-Semites - the ones who put the "fool" in "socialism of fools". Almost any Jew could make better reasoned, more cogent anti-Semitic arguments than these clowns.

I am all for having a pure "merit" test score based admissions system - this would be better in many different ways than the "black box" system that we have now, where admissions decisions are literally made behind closed doors and the admissions officers are practiced liars who are forced to deny the obvious racial double standards that are applied. Once you get good at lying and manipulating the system in one way, it's easy to keep going in different directions. The original purpose of the "holistic" admissions system was to keep Jews OUT, so we have the last laugh.

As much as I would like a merit system, that's not the system we actually have. One of the great strengths of the Jews that has enabled us to last 2,000 years in the Diaspora is that we are able to adapt to and excel in almost any environment we find themselves in. How do we do this? Through intelligence of course, but not just any intelligence but applied social intelligence. We are able to figure out that A. a game is being played in a certain society (this game could be called "academia" or "business" or "socialism" or whatever), B. that the actual rules of the game are not necessarily those that are publicly stated - that there are all sorts of unwritten and even hidden rules that have to be inferred from context or otherwise discovered, C. What the actual rules of the game are, and D. How to apply those rules to your advantage and win at the game. Less successful or smart groups are missing one or more pieces of the puzzle and so they don't do as well. This is not our fault and has nothing to do with "cheating" by the Jews. The above analysis applies not just to college admissions but to almost any aspect of any society that the Jews find themselves in, which is why they always seem to manage to work their way to the top, even of unlikely places like the Catholic Church.


When the anti-Semites complain that "honest hardworking goyim" can't get ahead, what they are really saying is that they are lacking in this kind of intelligence, which is very natural to Jews (as J says, even to Jews who don't even know they are Jewish). When my brother-in-law was maybe 5 years old he visited a construction site with his father. He saw many men doing hard labor in the hot sun - carrying bricks and digging and so on. And there was one nicely dressed man with a clipboard who was not at all sweaty and he was telling the others what to do. My brother-in-law asked his father, "what do they call that one?" and his father replied , "He is called the boss." The boy replied,"that's what I want to be when I grow up."

Some of my father's concentration camp friends began working in construction when they arrived in the US. Along side them were many skilled goyish artisans, far more skilled than they were. The Jews soon figured out that the real money in construction was not in being an hourly laborer but in being the builder, who purchased the lot and built the house and sold it at a profit. They did this - first one house and then 2 and then 10 and then hundreds and some of them became very rich. Meanwhile the hardworking goyish carpenters and such remained just that, for the rest of their lives.


K

J said...

You are right about Jewish intelligence, which understand the world as it is and not as they say it is.

As Ringer wrote, if you spend your days at the grindstone...the only thing you'll get is kiles.

The Nazis did a thorough job in selecting out those genes from us, like those of the German Jews who bought their train tickets to be included in the resettlement program in the East (Auschwitz).

It is good I am able to be a cynic on those terrible things.

Anonymous said...

The Holocaust was so far outside the experience of the Jews (the experience of anyone) that Jewish intelligence failed. Jews had often been confronted with evil rulers but not by homicidal psychopaths. All the Germans wanted was to kill every single Jew in Europe so there was nothing to negotiate over. A lot of the seemingly stupid stuff that the Jews did was just pure denial - they were "fooled" by the Germans because they wanted to be fooled, because the alternative was to accept that you were about to be murdered, which nobody wants to believe if if it is true. People who are in the captivity of individual psychopaths often do equally stupid seeming things.

K

Anonymous said...

By the way, for the benefit of non-Yiddish speakers, "kiles" (pronounced kill-lehs) means "hernias".

K

Anonymous said...

Who is Ringer?

K

Anonymous said...

I am amazed to see Robert J Ringer quoted here - in his book 'winning though intimidation' he talks about some relative who 'kept his nose to the grindstone' - he held this fellow up as an example to be avoided....

Anonymous said...

I found the quote -

If you do nothing else but keep your nose to the grindstone and work hard, long hours, you’re guaranteed to get only one thing in return: old.

Ringer is not saying that you shouldn't work hard, just that you should not allow others to make you a freyer - to exploit your hard work while they reap the benefits.



K

Anonymous said...

you should not allow others to make you a freyer - to exploit your hard work while they reap the benefits.

That's hard to achieve in the U.S. Exploitation of hard work defines the relationship that graduate students and postdocs, law firm associates, medical residents and junior attending physicians, and entry-level corporate employees have with their employers. The only way out is to own a business or some other item (e.g. rental properties) that can provide a stream of income not completely dependent on one's personal labor like a wage. That also is getting harder to achieve. The young of today have a depressing future ahead, that is those who are even lucky enough to possess the skills for employment or the raw ambition needed to achieve ownership. The future for the dregs is even worse, and the dreg population grows nonstop.

J said...

Yes, I improved on Robert Ringer's quote. His book "Winning Through Intimidation" is a basic in business and life, I tried to follow his method but I am not built like that.

Anonymous said...

the real money in construction was ... in being the builder, who purchased the lot and built the house and sold it at a profit. ... some of them became very rich.

There should be emphasis on the word "some." Construction is subject to boom-bust cycles. Since most builders assume debt to finance their work, it is possible to go belly up in a big way when demand collapses, housing prices fall, etc.

The overall point that ownership is better than skill is correct, but it's getting more and more difficult to achieve. Big corporations swallow up small operations and take over whole markets. Wages in most fields are low relative to expenses so that saving to start a small business is difficult, and there are few viable small businesses to purchase. I wish I were as old as J or K so that I could have had the opportunities available to their generation.

Anonymous said...

Again, Jews are the masters of understanding the world as it actually is, TODAY. Had my father's friends arrived in the US today instead of at the time of the post-war housing boom, they would have found something else to do - they had no special home building skills, only handlen (trading) skills, which are of very broad application. Before the war in Poland they had traded in horses and grain and lumber and leather and such, because that's what people traded in in Poland. Tramiel, another Auschwitz survivor, started Commodore computer - one of the first personal computer companies. He started out fixing typewriters, a trade he learned from working for the US Army after the war.

K

Anonymous said...

I would argue that the U.S. today offers fewer opportunities for on-the-job training and successful small business incubation than it did 40 years ago. Examining computer science, supposedly one of today's "hot" fields, corporatization, an enemy of small independent business, is prominent in all aspects of computer applications except perhaps programming and systems administration. Those jobs have their own drawbacks. Few will become wealthy doing them (none of the sysadmins), and large corporations push for an endless flood of visa holders to compete with native talent and hold down wages.

Anonymous said...

In 2:23 AM, I didn't intend to include sysadmins with programmers. Almost all of the sysadmins are employed wage-earners rather than contractors or business owners.

Unsurprised said...

You conflate intelligence with amorality. Now is that smart? Or is it just self-serving?
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Stephen Jay Gould, Jared Diamond, Leon Kamin, Karl Marx, Franz Boas, Richard Lewontin, Stephen Rose, Noel Ignatief, Abe Foxman, Bill Kristol, Susan Sontag, the hilarious Amnon Yitzhak, creationist rabbis, all rabbis for that matter, every white collar criminal who got caught,

Anonymous said...

Talk about amorality - I would take all of those that you mention and more and weigh them against just one SS man, and the SS man's immorality would be 1,000 times greater. The people you mention never hurt a fly and never would. Not even Marx himself, despite the crimes that the Christians Lenin and Stalin committed in his name.

You forgot about those great immoralists Salk, Waksman, Einstein, Rabi, etc.



K

Anonymous said...

K,

The Jew-haters like the one above will always find a way to justify their hatred. Face it, to be Jewish is to be tied to a bad brand. The mere mention of the word "Jew" makes all too many people sputter with rage, and that makes it dangerous to be one.

Anonymous said...

I told her under no circumstances was she to do so - they would be much more impressed by someone who had achieved a high score seemingly "effortlessly" on one try. And she was admitted everywhere she applied.

Wrong. Colleges don't know how many tries one had - they only receive a single, highest score. Your daughter was admitted everywhere based on something else (or out of sheer luck.)

Anonymous said...

they only receive a single, highest score.

If that is true, it represents a change in College Board policy from when I applied to college, admittedly many years ago. Back then, the only option was to release all of one's scores.

Unsurprised said...

If Jews are a people with a natural grasp on how the world actually is, a list like the one I made would not be so easy to make. And that they personally don't butcher others doesn't matter; their ideas have a very "respectable" body-count.

Anonymous said...

Back then, the only option was to release all of one's scores.

I only know because my son went through this a couple years ago. Not anymore: "Colleges and universities will only receive the scores that students send them"

So, one can opt to send 2390 to Berkeley and 2320 to Harvard and neither would have any idea of how many tries it took.

Unsurprised said...

Let's add Emanuel Celler and Madoff to the amoral category, Freud and Derrida as to the nutcase category. Libertarian and neo-liberal economists are both.

Anonymous said...

"..Christians Lenin and Stalin.."

Although I realize this statement was uttered in anger, it does need some qualification.

Lenin was indeed baptised a Christian, but he renounced it quite young and became an atheist. His mother had a Jewish father, and although brought up as a Lutheran, apparently did not believe in it seriously and succeeded in passing her scepticism on to her children, including Vladimir. I do not think he was actively religious at any time, although he was certainly motivated by a burning desire to right injustice, which I think happens quite often to children brought up in either Jewish or Christian homes.

Stalin's mother was a devout Georgian Orthodox Christian and Stalin was admitted to a seminary because he was smart enough, not because he himself was religious. As a result of his defiance, he was de facto expelled. Stalin became a case study in what psychiatrists call 'malignant narcissism' and to associate his behaviour with Christianity in any way is I think to ignore the fact that he had a borderline personality disorder and would have been a difficult, dangerous and abusive man whatever his nominal birth-religion.

By the way, as I incline to agnosticism, I do not feel personally about this but I do not think that anti-Semitism today (or even in 1930's Germany) really has or had much to do with Christianity. It has other roots.

Anon.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you, Anon., that Jew-hatred since the turn of the twentieth century has had motivations beyond religion. American Jewish liberals are foolish to dump on rural religious Christians as those people are no longer particularly threatening. They may not like liberals, but they don't hate all Jews in that they support Israel.

Anonymous said...

If Marx was a "Jew" then Stalin was a "Christian".

A few years ago (as a result of competition with the ACT test) the SAT implemented "score choice" - you are allowed to pick which score you send, instead of automatically sending all of them. Many colleges demand "send us all your scores anyway - don't check the score choice box", but claim that they "superscore" - they give you credit for your highest score. All that being said, if your transcript shows that you took the SAT 8 times they might get the idea that you are overly obsessed with test scores and hold that against you.



K

Anonymous said...

"Face it, to be Jewish is to be tied to a bad brand."

This is not exactly an original insight. "'S shevr tzu zayn a Yid" -that it's hard to be a Jew, has been well known for a long time.

But being a Jew is not a "brand" - changing that is not like buying a new pair of blue jeans. I was born a Jew and shall die a Jew.

K

Anonymous said...

Interesting, K. The college application process has changed greatly over the past 15 to 20 years. It still feels odd to read about the new SAT scoring scale (2400 points). Makes me feel old, but there were no electronic applications, much less online applications, in the early and mid 1990's either. I actually had to use an old-fashioned typewriter. Has your daughter ever seen one of those?

Anonymous said...

But being a Jew is not a "brand" - changing that is not like buying a new pair of blue jeans. I was born a Jew and shall die a Jew.

Sort of true. Unless one moves to a place where no one knows him and starts over with a new identity, it's difficult for an individual to escape Judaism. But an individual's actions can attempt to ensure that his descendants won't identify or be identified as Jewish. Even that is more difficult now since genetic testing can pick up small quanta of Ashkenazi ancestry, but not every Jew-hater cares about one-eighth or one-sixteenth Jewish ancestry.

Anonymous said...

It's possible to run away from your heritage but I'm not sure it's really good for your mental health. Trying to "pass" has a cost. And despite the supposed costs, there are plenty of Jews in America who don't try to hide their heritage and it doesn't seem to have affected their ability to succeed. Rabid Jew haters are pretty marginal figures in America.


I think my kids have seen a typewriter but I pretty sure they've never used one, certainly not to type a whole document. I still have a typewriter (albeit a modern "daisy wheel" type) that I use occasionally to fill out pre-printed forms. What really boggles my mind is not the passing of technologies such as dial telephones and phonograph records that predated my birth, but there are now (largely) obsolete technologies (cassette tapes, fax machines, floppy disks, etc.) where I can remember both their introduction AND their obsolescence. THOSE make me feel really old.

Technology has had some distorting effects on the application process. Due to the "common application" (you fill out an online application once and many colleges have agreed to accept that as their application, sometimes with individual supplements), it's much easier to apply to more colleges. I think my daughter's roommate (1/2 Asian) applied to some ridiculous number like 30 (I think part of her Asian "prize winner" mentality was to see how many she could get into). The result is that top colleges are getting more applications than ever, but since the # of seats is more or less fixed, the % admitted keeps dropping - MIT was below 9% last year, or expressed another way, 10 out of 11 applicants were rejected. When you are turning away 90% of your suitors (and a large % of those you do admit are from pre-selected groups - athletes, minorities, legacies, etc.) , you can afford to be very picky with the remainder. In fact, HAVE to be very picky, especially since a lot of applicants have very similar stats (the top 25% of MIT's admitted students all scored 800 on their math SAT). Oh, you play the violin - I don't like violins. OUT. etc.

K

Anonymous said...

Rabid Jew haters are pretty marginal figures in America.

They are marginal now, but that's minimally comforting. Hitler was a marginal figure in 1920, but he didn't remain that way. The problem is that it's difficult to predict who in America of today is the marginalized Hitler figure, the one who will come to power against the odds and remake government and society in his image.

Anonymous said...

Anti-semitism was MUCH more intellectually respectable and popular in Germany even before Hitler than it is in America now, by orders of magnitude. I suppose it is possible for lightning to strike twice but I doubt it. Jews in America have always been fortunate in that there have been plenty of other, easier targets for racism. Anti-semites in Germany had to have special books on how to spot a Jew but racists in America had no problem spotting blacks.

K

Anonymous said...

Jew-hatred is more common in America than you think. If you believe the ADL surveys, around 10-15% of Americans are hardcore Jew haters. A lot of the others are apathetic. When it doesn't pay to hate Jews, they don't. But if a Hitler figure were to make Jew hatred either personally beneficial to participate in or dangerous to be seen avoiding, then they would no doubt go along with it.

Anonymous said...

I could see that as America becomes majority "minority" anti-Semitism will increase. Anti-semitism is common in the black community (see Jesse Jackson and "Hymietown" which would be career ending for any white politician ). I don't think the threat in America comes from white people and there's no white Hitler waiting for us here. It's hard to say that there are ANY white male leaders waiting for us. Possibly George Bush was the last white male President of the US.

K

Anonymous said...

Obama is in fact George Bush's legacy.

Anon.

Unsurprised said...

Marx was as Jewish as you, only less enthusiastic. But that's not the point. He had no grip on reality. He never even set foot in a factory. Maybe once.

>Jews are the masters of understanding the world as it actually is, TODAY.

Ring a bell? But you're talking about Machiavellianism and opportunism, not "social intelligence"; the Jewish people have their fair share of dorks and nerds.

Anonymous said...

K is the son of a concentration camp survivor from Poland. He has, no doubt, thought a lot more about what it means to be Jewish than Karl Marx did throughout his entire life. Karl Marx knew he was of Jewish ancestry, but he never saw himself as a member of the Jewish community or his fate as tied to it. It is not accurate to say that he was as Jewish as K only less "enthusiastic."

Anonymous said...

Remember "the taint is in the blood" and then you'll understand why to some all Jews are the same whether they have payas or have never set foot in a schul. The Nazis understood that a Jew could be a bearded rabbi or a slickly dressed banker or a tweedy professor - all of them were the same to them and required the same "special handling".



K

Unsurprised said...

>this kind of intelligence, which is very natural to Jews (as J says, even to Jews who don't even know they are Jewish).

We appear to agree. Nevermind that halakhah is more strict than I am -- there are Jewish souls and goyish souls. That's magical, essentialist, braindead, fascistic thinking. Whereas I'm just noticing patterns. But ~95% of the criticisms Jews have of non-Jews are pure projection. The other 5%? Football, beer, broken clocks. But Israelis like their football and beer (and now vodka), so...

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Karl Marx -> Jewish ancestry -> stupid and destructive ideas about how the world works. It's a PATTERN. Ata mavin?

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The everliving nazis of your nightmares are you applying your standards to yourself and not liking what you see.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, K. To bring this back to the original subject of the post, it would be interesting to see if there will now be a curtailment of Jewish Ivy League admissions and/or a revived attention to academic work among young Jews (with pressure from parents no doubt encouraging it). I'm not in favor of the current gross unfairness, but I fear a backlash scenario in which the universities return to the bad old policy of discriminating against Jews. Human beings are irrational, dangerous creatures. Irritated admissions staff are not exceptions.

Anonymous said...

Unz is a pretty marginal figure. The chances that his findings in a magazine with the word "conservative" in its name will lead to a backlash are nil. However, it is possible that eventually even liberals will notice the patterns. But don't count on it. A lot of liberalism consists of not noticing the obvious.

K

Anonymous said...

But ~95% of the criticisms Jews have of non-Jews are pure projection.

Got it. When Jews criticize goyim, that's projection. When non-Jews criticize Jews (historically, non-Jewish "criticism" somehow always ends in expulsion, killing ,etc.) it's just noticing factual patterns. I understand.

K

Unsurprised said...

That's pretty funny. But I was pointing to the essentialist nature of Judaism, a mirror image of "the taint is in the blood" nazism, as opposed to no-shits-given realism. SHOULD we be talking about souls instead? It'll give you a sample of Israel's haredi future.

And you do know, as far as population genetics is concerned and as far as common sense is concerned, "gentile" is a nonsense category. It literally means humanity, just round up one percent. When the whole species minus you doesn't like you, YOU'RE the one in need of a diagnosis. Call it ambition and social intelligence if you like, it needs to stop. There are more important things in life than getting ahead.

Anyway, I'll give some examples of Jewish projection:

* "Islam is a religion of hate." Chicken peas compared to the Book of Joshua and the Jew/Gentile double standard that's simply taken for granted in the Talmud.
* "Ishmael is at war against everyone." Trans: Isaac is at war against everyone. See global popularity of Israel... and Jewish history... Jewish spies and sayanim...
* "The only language Arabs understand is force." Look who's fucking talking! A people that's produced one of the world's most militarized societies with one of the world's biggest armies in one of the world's smallest countries; a people that's been repeating the same patterns over and over everywhere until the shit hits the fan...
* "Iranian nukes are a threat to the world." Trans: Israeli nukes are a threat to the world.
* "Esau hates Jacob." Trans: Jacob hates Esau.
* In the Tanya, there's a passage talking about how all the good gentiles do is out of selfishness, but potential blowback is the primary reason given in the Talmud to treat goyim like human beings.
* "Gentiles don't accepts us no matter what we do." So for every Jewish-Gentile relationship, how much shit do the Jewish parents give their sons and daughters compared to the Gentile parents?
* etc

IHTG said...

"Unsurprised":

Just what are you suggesting that Jews do, may I ask?

Unsurprised said...

You figure it out! I don't have any grand designs, but I can tell you denial and obstinacy are not going to work. And I'm tired of this comment thread. Good night.

Luke Lea said...

Large scale immigration from Mexico and Central America is liable to undermine American popular support for the state of Israel, which is rooted in the Protestant tradition. I speculate that Jewish support for immigration of this type may have geen partially rooted in the notion that they would be less likely to be targeted by bigots in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic society. But then I don't know much about the behind-the-scenes politicking that led to the 1965 immigration reform.

Anyway, for all their brilliant success in all walks of life, Ashkenazi Americans may have been naively short-sighted as far as future American support for the state of Israel is concerned. There is an important book out, The Fatal Embrace, which Marty Peretz recommends. It shows that this kind of political naivite is a recurrent feature in the history of European Jewry.

So what is the answer? The answer, I think, is that Ashkenazi Americans need to identify themselves with the economic interests of America's middle- and lower-middle classes (white, brown, AND black) which they are not doing now. That way they might secure the kind of popular support for Jewish interests in Israel in the decades ahead.

Popular indifference, not active anti-Semitism, is the biggest threat in my judgment. Active philo-Semitism needs to be nurtured. Right now America's working classes have no friends at the top. Nobody looks after their interests. If present trends continue it is only a matter of time before they become conscious of this fact.

This is just my personal opinion. But I am no political prophet, especially in my own country.

Anonymous said...

Making a diagnosis is much easier than offering a cure. Of course if you make a false diagnosis - "all the Jew's problems are imaginary - it's all projection", then you have no chance of a cure at all.

On paper at least, the Jews ARE allied with the blacks and browns - isn't that what the Democrat party is all about? Jewish campaign money and advisors and black and brown votes? In reality, there is no love lost but that's more or less inevitable given the wealth gaps. In the past, just as in Europe, Jews were at a point of friction with the lower classes, having to deal with them directly as small shop keepers, pawn brokers, etc. but that job now falls to Asians and other recent immigrants so there's no direct contact, only the ever present welfare state demanding more Danegeld from the "1%".

K

Luke Lea said...

No, the Democrats are not allied with working-class blacks or Hispanics in any meaningful sense. They give lip service to racial issues, but of course these are not racial issues. They are class issues. Race is irrelevant except in the sense that a much higher proportion of certain raises are working-class, but that is beside the point. They all share the same interests in wages and working conditions. In the absence of wage subsidies, working class people are hurt by current trade and immigration policies. They are also hurt by current tax policies to the extent that they tax unearned income more lightly than earned (ordinary wages and salaries). But these issues aren't even on the table.

Luke Lea said...

What is really needed is a graduated expenditure tax, which is like an income tax but with savings tax exempt. We have the tools to implement such a tax (internet banking) but not the will or the leadership. It involves shutting down overseas tax shelters and registering all bank and brokerage accounts around the world. Would require the cooperation of our allies and trading partners. In other words, major diplomatic challenge. As the sources of our problems are international, so are their solutions. A gifted people could do much to help in this area.

Anonymous said...

In order to be part of the working class you have to , uh, work.

K