Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Debate on Jewish group evolutionary strategy

Nathan Cofnas writes in a new scholarly paper:
[Psychology professor Kevin] MacDonald argues that a suite of genetic and cultural adaptations among Jews constitutes a “group evolutionary strategy.” Their supposed genetic adaptations include, most notably, high intelligence, conscientiousness, and ethnocentrism. According to this thesis, several major intellectual and political movements, such as Boasian anthropology, Freudian psychoanalysis, and multiculturalism, were consciously or unconsciously designed by Jews to (a) promote collectivism and group continuity among themselves in Israel and the diaspora and (b) undermine the cohesion of gentile populations, thus increasing the competitive advantage of Jews and weakening organized gentile resistance (i.e., anti-Semitism). By developing and promoting these movements, Jews supposedly played a necessary role in the ascendancy of liberalism and multiculturalism in the West.

While not achieving widespread acceptance among evolutionary scientists, this theory has been enormously influential in the burgeoning political movement known as the “alt-right.” Examination of MacDonald’s argument suggests that he relies on systematically misrepresented sources and cherry-picked facts. It is argued here that the evidence favors what is termed the “default hypothesis”: Because of their above-average intelligence and concentration in influential urban areas, Jews in recent history have been overrepresented in all major intellectual and political movements, including conservative movements, that were not overtly anti-Semitic.
The paper is a bunch of cherry-picked criticisms, with a handful of examples of MacDonald making statements stronger that what his sources support.

It is true that not all Jews were Commies, not all Commies were Jews, etc. It is also true that you find Jews in conservative movements. But Jews overwhelmingly stick to a few Jewish ideologies, even if they are secular Jews like Freud. For example, about 70-80% of Jews voted Democrat in the last election, even tho Trump is the most pro-Jewish and pro-Israel President in a long time.

The article notes that MacDonald has a very credible following, while many scholars have been afraid to say whether he is right or wrong.

I couldn't wade thru all this. You can read replies and comments here, here, here, here, and here. It appears to me that Cofnas has very little to rebut MacDonald's main theses, but merely nitpicks some of the evidence.

How else do you explain Freud being so popular with such bogus theories? How else do you explain so many Commies being Jewish?

Going to the present day, how else do you explain Jewish-dominated news media, like the NY Times and CNN, being so anti-American?

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