Tuesday, May 11, 2010

American success story, or anti-American ethnic collectivism? Jewry's long history of anti-assimilation, Zionist bigotry, and nepotism within the U.S.

The Jewish Path to Success
(Forward) -- By Adam Bellow --

...In the mid-19th century, when the first wave of German Jews arrived, itinerant peddlers named Seligman, Guggenheim, Levi, and Straus built their pushcart businesses into enormous dry-goods empires, bringing their relatives over to run their chain department stores. Later on, excluded from the white-shoe legal and financial firms of Wall Street, the Lehman, Kuhn, Loeb, Sachs and Goldman families created their own.

When millions of Russian and East European Jews arrived in the 1880s and 1890s, established Jewish families — obeying the ancient injunctions to Jewish charity enshrined in the Mosaic code — constructed an elaborate welfare system, including hospitals, orphanages, settlement houses and trade schools. Most of these immigrants went into the booming garment industry, putting their whole families to work and giving rise to a thriving ethnic economy in which Jewish factory owners employed Jewish workers to create goods sold by Jewish merchants to Jewish customers.

The immigrants also created dozens of landsmanschaft organizations that helped bring over new immigrants, settled them in jobs and provided welfare services for widows and orphans. Such communal and family ties lent solidarity and strength to the heavy Jewish presence in the labor movement.

During the 1920s and 1930s a group of hard-nosed Jewish entrepreneurs turned a patch of desert near Los Angeles into the Hollywood movie industry. Entertainment juggernaut Paramount Pictures, founded in 1919 by Adolph Zukor, was financed by an enormous loan from the Jewish Wall Street firm of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. — thanks to the intervention of Otto Kahn, brother of Zukor’s partner Felix Kahn. The studios were famed for their nepotism.

Jewish families also went into the media business, founding Random House, Knopf, Simon & Schuster and other distinguished publishing houses. And the Sulzberger-Ochs clan has owned and run The New York Times since 1896.

During the Depression, Jewish families pulled together once again, outdoing other groups in solidarity and mutual support. After World War II, Jews gained access to the middle class and moved to the suburbs, leaving their ethnic roots behind them. Yet Jews did not disperse throughout the economy like other immigrants but continued to congregate in medicine, law, academia and the communications industry, where relatively high numbers have afforded leverage and security.

Speaking at a recent seminar on Jewish women in television at New York’s Jewish Museum, Terri Minsky, creator of the hit series “Lizzie McGuire,” unapologetically remarked: “I got into TV the way I thought all Jewish people did — I had an uncle in the business.”

How can we square this long record of familial and ethnic nepotism with the public insistence of Jews on equal opportunity and merit?...MORE...LINK

Chris Moore comments:

Jewish exceptionalists -- from organized Jewry itself to left-liberal Judeophiles to "Christian" Zionist Dispensationalists just love to wax eloquent in the assertion that there is something miraculous or cosmically ordained about Jewry's success, or the "success" of the state of Israel. Jews "made the desert bloom," and "turned a patch of desert near Los Angeles into the Hollywood movie industry." They must really be history's chosen!

Indeed, it might be said that these many successful organized Jewish fiefdoms -- from the investment banks on Wall Street to the movie studios in Hollywood to the large enclaves within the MSM to the incredibly influential Israel lobby -- are nothing but miniature versions of the Zionist state of Israel themselves.

Yet, as it turns out, Jewish success can all be traced to ethnic collectivism -- the same kind of ethnic collectivism that transformed Nazi Germany into a force that nearly conquered the entire world. The same kind of ethnic collectivism that built the British Empire. The same kind of ethnic collectivism that enabled handfulls of Spanish Conquistadors to defeat vast armies of Aztecs and Incans in South America.

So yes, there certainly is power, cohesion and the potential for transformative success in ethnic collectivism, for those willing to play by that particular set of rules. But the idea behind the United States -- indeed behind the outcome of Western Civilization -- is that man should strive beyond the tribalism of self and seek the inalienable, natural, God-given rights of all men for all men.

And perhaps that's the real reason organized Jewry has always had such a tough time fitting into Western Civilization, and faced such hostility and contempt: post-tribalism is a vision it simply doesn't share; indeed, perhaps post-tribalism is a vision it is too narcissistic, self-important and supremacist to be capable of sharing. Certainly, its tenacious ethnic collectivism as epitomized by the enduring, self-supremacist ideology of Zionism seems to suggest as much.

But then it has the chutzpah to complain about the Nazis, who were merely Germans playing by the same ambitious, predatory, ethnic-collectivist, narcissistic set of rules as the Jewish supremacists.

Go figure...


Hussam said...

Israel did not make the desert bloom. Palestinians were growing plants and produce in the desert for centuries. Typical of Zionists to claim things that don't belong to them.

Chu said...

More arrogance from the Chosen. What a shocker...
Keep it up guys and maybe the left and the country will start asking bigger questions about the history of Nepotism and it's great successes with unqualified people like Elana Kagan.
Barack needed to feed the AIPAC war machine. She is an offering, a poker chip, to appease the money donors.