Sunday, September 09, 2012

The Jewish Tinted Meritocratic Elite that Replaced the WASPs

In the middle of my reading Stefan Zweig's classic "The World of Yesterday", Steve Sailer posted on his blog "The Prestige of Ignorance" (Jewish Liberation post-68 at elite schools) and another one about a David Brooks column criticizing the new elite for not being more long term with regards to their thinking (which he almost goes there as Sailer titled it about the Jewish elite). The entire concept of the rise of Jewish power or influence post-WW2 is pretty interesting, and has always made me scratch my head. Their drive within the immigrant tapestry in America is incredibly different from contemporary of the Jewish pre-1945 immigration, and definitely different from the Mexican immigration post-1965. His columns made me look back at the start of Zweig's book because there is something to this quest for influence and power that might be driven directly by the Jewish community's experience in Europe prior to WW2 and pre-Russian jewish immigration to the USA.

Early in the book, Zweig explains the Jewish community in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the late 19th century, how his family made their fortune, and how Jewish merchants were pretty forward thinking. Zweig has a passage (page 21) explaining how the Jewish community of Vienna was critical for the development of the arts. He writes,

"In public life, they exerted only a meager influence; the glory of the Imperial house overshadowed every private fortune, the leading positions in the administration of the State were held by inheritance, diplomacy was reserved for the aristocracy, the army and higher officialdom for the old families, and the Jews did no even attempt ambitiously to enter into these privileged circles".

Considering this statement, considering the ebb and flow of anti-semitism in German states and Prussia that finished with the Holocaust, and considering the Dreyfuss affair, might not the Jewish community, as they entered American society and saw a power coming on strong, try to use their natural IQ gifts as well as skills with generating wealth to position themselves into State power? The lesson of having wealth in the German/Austrian region but eventually no state power to prevent or deflect the Holocaust might burn deep, and created a drive for power in a central authority. I would even place this drive within the minds of Louis Brandeis and Felix Frankfurter, both of whom would serve on the Supreme Court as well as send quite a few young men Pres. Wilson and Pres. Roosevelt's way for jobs in the government. The Jewish community might possibly be saying "never again will we rely solely on our wealth to keep us secure". America's peculiar civilian control over the military (peculiar for turn of the century) may have imprinted on Jewish leaders the desire for government influence. I'd bring up Trotsky here, but I might be reaching with him. This continues on to this day, and with no one really paying attention to how widespread the influence in policy making between academia and the media.

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