They showed a style of thinking that is peculiar to Jews. A Jewish commentator now elaborates on that style.
Israeli-American NY Times columnist Bret Stephens writes:
how is it that a people who never amounted even to one-third of 1 percent of the world’s population contributed so seminally to so many of its most pathbreaking ideas and innovations?Wow, claiming "bracing originality and high-minded purpose" is even more offensive that claiming high IQ.
The common answer is that Jews are, or tend to be, smart. When it comes to Ashkenazi Jews, it’s true. “Ashkenazi Jews have the highest average I.Q. of any ethnic group for which there are reliable data,” noted one 2005 paper. “During the 20th century, they made up about 3 percent of the U.S. population but won 27 percent of the U.S. Nobel science prizes and 25 percent of the ACM Turing awards. They account for more than half of world chess champions.”
But the “Jews are smart” explanation obscures more than it illuminates. Aside from the perennial nature-or-nurture question of why so many Ashkenazi Jews have higher I.Q.s, there is the more difficult question of why that intelligence was so often matched by such bracing originality and high-minded purpose.
Some of the most famous Jews of the past several years have been Bernie Madoff, Harvey Weinstein, and Jeffrey Epstein. Where is he finding the high-minded purpose?
Jewish genius operates differently. It is prone to question the premise and rethink the concept; to ask why (or why not?) as often as how; to see the absurd in the mundane and the sublime in the absurd. Ashkenazi Jews might have a marginal advantage over their gentile peers when it comes to thinking better. Where their advantage more often lies is in thinking different.Stephens is a Trump-hater, and most of his columns are anti-Trump. He seems to be giving a rationale here for Jews opposing efforts to Make America Great, as follows.
Where do these habits of mind come from?
There is a religious tradition that, unlike some others, asks the believer not only to observe and obey but also to discuss and disagree. There is the never-quite-comfortable status of Jews in places where they are the minority — intimately familiar with the customs of the country while maintaining a critical distance from them. There is a moral belief, “incarnate in the Jewish people” according to Einstein, that “the life of the individual only has value [insofar] as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful.”
And there is the understanding, born of repeated exile, that everything that seems solid and valuable is ultimately perishable, while everything that is intangible — knowledge most of all — is potentially everlasting.
Jewish Americans are not really Americans, no matter how many generations they live here. They are aliens who have familiarized themselves with the customs here, while refusing to assimilate. They don't even believe in the American nation, as they believe non-Jewish nations are perishable.
They have one set of moral beliefs for the Jewish people, and another for everyone else. They are offended by Trump's loyalty to the American people. Jews just want policies good for the Jewish people, or policies that equate non-Jewish Americans with the rest of the non-Jewish world. They refuse to accept policies good for Americans.
Isn't this what Stephens is saying? He claims to be a conservative, but he hates Trump so much that he will do anything to oust him from the White House. He favors unlimited Third World immigration into the USA, but wants Israel only for the Jews.
I am getting this from the most respectable Jewish publication in the world. If a non-Jew said this stuff, the Jews would say that it is anti-Semitic.
Update: The NY Times has partially retracted the Stephens essay, because it relied on data with politically incorrect origins. That is, the data are correct, but the implications of the data are upsetting to Jewish Leftists.