I recently criticized some key tenets of what I called the “anti-Jewish narrative,” particularly as defended by Kevin MacDonald. According to MacDonald, Judaism is a “group evolutionary strategy” that led Jews to impose liberal multiculturalism on the West in order to advance their evolutionary interests at the expense of gentiles. In light of MacDonald’s reply, in this paper, I refine my previous arguments, address some popular misunderstandings, and discuss the root causes and consequences of anti-Semitism. I conclude that, contra the anti-Jewish narrative, Jews are not particularly ethnocentric, Jewish intellectuals do not typically advocate liberal multiculturalism for gentiles but not for Jews, Jews did not orchestrate the rise of liberalism or blank-slatism in the West, and anti-Semitism is not primarily a response to actual Jewish wrongdoing.MacDonald responds. He has been blackballed, and the publisher retracted his last academic paper. Even the editor had to resign.
It is strange that these are the only two guys on the planet who are willing to discuss this issue. My guess is that it is career suicide for both of them.
I challenged three key tenets of the anti-Jewish narrative, which have been defended by MacDonald: (a) Jews are highly ethnocentric, (b) liberal Jews hypocritically advocate different policies for Jews/Israel and gentiles/gentile countries, and (c) Jews are responsible for liberalism and mass immigration to the USA. ...So we have multiple possible explanations for Jewish domination of Leftist causes. And not much hope of a serious academic resolution of the matter. Maybe there are multiple contributing factors.
MacDonald (1998/2002) argues that Jewish intellectuals promote liberalism to undermine gentile societies and advance the evolutionary interests of Jews. He says that Jews were a “necessary condition…for the triumph of the intellectual left in late twentieth-century Western Societies” (ibid., p. 18).
I proposed what I called the “default hypothesis” to explain Jewish overrepresentation in the leadership of liberal intellectual movements (Cofnas, 2018). Jews are overrepresented primarily because of high average IQ, and secondarily because of their concentration in influential urban areas that allowed them to capitalize on their ability. Jewish political influence has skewed left in recent history mainly because right-wing movements have been disproportionately anti-Semitic. But Jews have been overrepresented in virtually all non-overtly-anti-Semitic intellectual activities. Despite being a fraction of one percent of the world population, Jews have been 44% of world chess champions, 25% of fields medalists, and 24% of winners of Japan’s Kyoto Prize. Jews comprise 26% of Nobel laureates in Physics, 26% in Physiology or Medicine, 39% in Economics, 19% in Chemistry, 14% in Literature, and 8% in Peace (JINFO.ORG, 2022).Footnote 1 Many of the most prominent figures in art, business, and politics are Jewish (Lynn & Kanazawa, 2008). With respect to politics, Jews are frequently the leaders of movements with radically opposing aims such as libertarianism and socialism. The default hypothesis says that Jews are overrepresented in liberal intellectual movements for the same reason(s) they are overrepresented in other intellectual activities. I argued that the evidence in fact supports the default rather than the group-evolutionary-strategy hypothesis (Cofnas, 2018).
I explicitly stated that Jewish IQ — which is something like 110–112 on average (Cochran et al., 2005; Lynn & Kanazawa, 2008) — “is not enough to explain Jewish achievement” (Cofnas, 2018, p. 137). I suggested that, besides a geographic advantage, personality traits could also play a role in Jewish success, although the nature of these traits is a matter of speculation. The fact that stereotypes tend to have a basis in reality (Jussim et al., 2015, 2016) and that Jews have been consistently stereotyped as having distinctive personalities — for example, as being “shrewd” (Brigham, 1971)—provides preliminary support for the hypothesis of personality differences.
Cofnas argues that Jews are not ethnocentric, because American Reform and secular Jews marry non-Jews so often.
Okay, Reform Jews are less ethnocentric that Orthodox Jews, and more ethnocentric than Whites. Jews are only 2% of the population. My impression is that Reform and secular Jews prefer to marry Jews, but do not always have the opportunity, as most of their friends are non-Jews.
Compare to Irish-Americans. They are proud of being Irish, but marry non-Irish all the time. And Irish-Americans do not vote as a bloc.
Jews vote as a bloc. When asked, they might say that they vote for the party that is good for the Jews. I do not hear Irish or other ethnic groups say things like that. So yes, I think that Jews are very ethnocentric.
I am not sure why Jews deny being ethnocentric. Maybe they don't realize how ethnocentric they are. Or they just like to pretend that they are not. If you mention that someone is Jews, then other Jews will immediately rush to call you anti-semitic. Why do they do that? They are not embarrassed to be Jews. It is a form of extreme ethnocentrism.
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