James Petras in The Rise of the Jewish Policy Elite: Meritocracy, Myth and Power (March 26, 2016) gives an apt descriptive of the so-called scholars of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Petras posits that to deal with the rise of Israel-First individuals to positions of power in the US, it is essential to analyze the all-pervasive claims of meritocracy, the argument that their influence is based on their 'universally acclaimed' achievements, intelligence and superiority far beyond their elite rivals. The argument of 'unique merit' blends smoothly with traditional Talmudic and contemporary Israeli-chauvinist belief that Jews are 'the Chosen People of God,' destined to prevail over the inferior 'others.'
Petras posits that the meritocratic argument is partly based on circular arguments contending that the disproportionate number of Jewish billionaires means they are more billionaires in business; that pro-Israel dominance within the US corporate mass media proves that Jewish media moguls are smarter and Israel is a righteous state . . . and the rise of Israel-firsters in government, academia and finance reflects their higher intelligence, greater work ethic and accomplishments.
It is with the latter that we have to deal, because the significance of higher grades, diplomas from prestigious universities and piles of academic awards has to be proven on the ground. It is not simply the achievement of high individual positions and greater wealth that matter, but how the policies formulated and practices pursued by these elite individual have affected the lives of 330 million Americans, the nation, its prestige, welfare and moral authority.
If we use these alternative 'evidence-based' criteria, we find a huge disparity between high levels of academic achievement and disastrous performance when in public office.
Foreign Policy And AEI Scholars
Petras charges that from the Clinton era through the George W. bush and Obama regimes, the US engaged in a series of wars against predominately secular governments in Muslim countries, which had been opposed to Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine.
Key policymakers in the design and execution of US war policy were prominent Jews bristling with diplomas from the most prestigious universities.
These 'scholars,' the “cream' of US academe, blatantly falsified the pretexts for the US' disastrous thirteenth-year war (and counting) in Iraq, the loss (15-plus year) war in Afghanistan, the invasion and destruction of Libya and Syria. Their brilliant plans have led directly to the rise of ISIS throughout the region and displacement of tens of millions of civilians in the Middle East, West Asia and North Africa.
Petras declares that the trade policies under the leadership of this 'meritocratic' elite—formerly called the 'Chosen People'--have been an unmitigated disaster for the majority of industrial workers, resulting in huge trade deficits and the deskilling of low paid service employment—with profound implications for future generations of American workers. It is no longer a secret that an entire generation of working class Americans has descended into poverty with no prospects of escape—except through narcotics and other degradation. On the 'flip side' of the 'winners and losers,' US finance capital has expanded overseas with acquisition and merger fees enriching the 0.1% and the meritocratic officials happily rotating from their Washington offices to Wall Street and back again.
If we evaluate foreign policy 'performance' in terms of US political, economic and military interests, their policies have been costly in lives, financial losses and military defeats for the nation as a whole. They rate 'summa cum lousy.'
Petras concludes that whatever intrinsic intelligence may exist can be blinded and distorted by an irrational doctrine of racial-ethnic superiority: the results have been stupid and destructive policies imposed by self-congratulatory, self-contained collectives—with absolutely no accountability for their failures.
STIRRING THE RACE POT
American Enterprise Institute scholars built their reputations on writing about the inferiority of the Negro. In Beyond the Melting Pot (1963), sociologists (Irish-American) Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Nathan Glazer posited that African Americans had no culture. Because all their culture was appropriated as slaves from their masters; therefore, they had no culture to protect.
This was determined from Glazer's collaboration with David Riesman in Faces in the Crowd: Individual Studies In Character And Politics (1952). Riesman and Glazer posit that in America, too many alternatives are evident—evident even to the most isolated, the dullest, the most oppressed or the most satisfied. There are no real traditions to which to conform; only false traditions, that is ideologies.
The case of the American-born Negro is somewhat different. The temptation to revert is present—witness the Negro Moslems, the Negro Jews of Harlem, the vanishing Garveyites—but as these very movements show, there is no fixed tradition, no church, no “nationalism” to revert to. When the Negro becomes concerned about his race—and even the most oppressed and ignorant are so concerned.... This is not reversion, but in terms of character a step forward to a modern, inner-directed attitude.
It is the Negro's tragedy—and perhaps eventually his blessing—that he possess no full Negro culture to return to; this was destroyed in the voyages of the slave ships, which disrupted families and threw together Negroes from many different tribal cultures.
What was created here, in the South, was largely a caricature of white culture, as mediated by the house slaves and freedom; for most Negroes this blend could have no high status and only a very few elements (spirituals, jazz, and some aspects of religion) could possess even an ambiguous value as “Negro tradition.” Thus, while our interviews in Harlem include a number with Negro women who had a fatalistic, accepting, and quiescent outlook on life... It cannot be said that this represents either survival of or return to tradition-direction as full-blown mode of conformity; what it does represent we shall try to see hereafter.
Mein Kampf declares that the Jewish people, despite all apparent intellectual qualities, is without any true culture, and especially without any culture of its own. For what sham culture the Jew today possesses is the property of other peoples, and for the most part it is ruined in his hands.
In judging the Jewish people's attitude on the question of human culture, the most essential characteristic we must always bear in mind is that there has never been a Jewish art and accordingly there is none today either; that above all the two queens of all the arts, architecture and music, owe nothing original to the Jews. What they do accomplish in the field of art is either patchwork or intellectual theft. Thus, the Jew lacks those qualities which distinguish the races that are creative and hence culturally blessed.
To what an extent the Jew takes over foreign culture, imitating or rather ruining it, can be seen from the fact that he is mostly found in the art which seems to require least original invention, the art of acting. Even here he is only a 'juggler, or rather an ape'; for even here he lacks the last touch that is required for real greatness; even here he is not the creative genius, but a superficial imitator, and all the twists and tricks that he uses are powerless to conceal the inner lifelessness of his creative gift.
Here the Jewish press most lovingly helps him along by raising such a roar of hosannas about even the most mediocre bungler, just so long as he is a Jew that the rest of the world actually ends up by thinking that they have an artist before them, while in truth it is only a pitiful comedian.
No, the Jew possesses no culture-creating force of any sort, since the idealism, without which there is no true higher development of man, is not present in him and never was present. Hence his intellect will never have a constructive effect, but will be destructive, and in very rare cases perhaps will at most be stimulating, but then as the prototype of the 'force which always wants evil and nevertheless creates good.' Not through him does any progress of mankind occur, but in spite of him.
Since the Jew never possessed a state with definite territorial limits and therefore never called a culture his own the conception arose that this was a people which should be reckoned among the ranks of the nomads.
NEOCONSERVATIVE SLAVES BEATING AFRICAN AMERICAN SLAVES
The master text, Mein Kampf, states that “since the Jew—for reasons which will at once become apparent-- was never in possession of a culture of his own, the foundations of his intellectual work were always provided by others. His intellect at all times developed through the cultural world surrounding him. The reverse process never took place.”
Rewriting Hitler's memoir of his struggle keep “think tank” AEI in the meritocratic scholarly business, while the Neoconservatives/Zionists use its rewrites to wreak revenge on upstarts Blacks who “don't know their place” as they are presently doing to Marc Lamont Hill.
African Americans, NEE: Negroes, had always they thought shared a common relationship with Jews, in that their histories of oppression mirrored each other. Negroes saw the rise of the Jews post-WWII, and told their children that if these oppressed peoples could rise up financially and socially in racists and anti-Semitic bigoted America, they could too. This was naive on the part of the Negro because he/she had no Rothschild hidden in background and although some were passing, few had white skins.
The Ku Klux Klan had always been the visible enemy of Blacks, but by the 1970, a new enemy of the African American appeared--more powerful than the Klan because they were literate and intellectual, owned publications, had Marxist training in persuasion; were well funded with dark money, and had influence within the federal government via “think tanks.” It new enemy was founded by “the Negro's best friend”--headed by Irving Kristol himself calling themselves Neoconservatives whose publications reasoned the destruction of LBJ's Great Society; thus condemning the urban Negro and other peoples of color to underclass status even in the 21st century. Irving Kristol bragged about his destructive accomplishments in 40 Good Years. Now these American-Zionists/Neocons NEE: Neoconservatives, in their Good for Israel political policy are interested (as usual) in silencing all criticism of Israel.
The majority of African Americans do not hate Jews. From their own suffering, they understand desperation. As Baldwin states and Rabbi Lerner has intimated, it is not the Negro Jews should fear, but the Right-wing White Christians. Furthermore, in the history of the United States, no Black person has killed a White person because he or she is a Jew. This is a history that White Americans cannot claim. And as James Baldwin states in Notes Of A Native Son:
In order really to hate white people [Jew or Gentile], one has to blot so much out of the mind—and the heart—that this hatred itself becomes an exhausting and self-destructive pose. But this does not mean, on the other hand, that love comes easily: the white world is too powerful, too complacent, too ready with gratuitous humiliation, and, above all, too ignorant and too innocent for that.
One is absolutely forced to make perpetual qualifications and one's own reactions are always canceling each other out. It is this, really, which has driven so many people mad, both white and black. One is always in the position of having to decide between amputation and gangrene. Amputation is swift but time may prove that the amputation was not necessary—or one may delay the amputation too long.
Gangrene is slow, but it is impossible to be sure that one is reading one's symptoms right. The idea of going through life as a cripple is more than one can bear, and equally unbearable is the risk of swelling up slowly in agony, with poison. And the trouble, finally, is that the risks are real even if the choices do not exist.
EVEN THE DEVIL SPEAKS THE TRUTH SOMETIME
Since reading Mein Kampf, like Reading Lolita, I have laid my burden down. The only thing to do now is wait for the implosion caused by the union of Donald J. Trump's presidential power and Sheldon Adelson's wealth. Because if the a warnings from the Isaiahs, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos, and even Jesus himself, (and all the modern Jewish prophets: Noam Chomsky, Avraham Burg, Howard Zinn, and all the other Jews cautioning--labeled as “self-hating-Jews”) could and cannot stay the hands of a “Stiff-Necked People” determined to make the same overreach within the American Empire they did within the Roman Empire, what more can I say.
Both the American-Zionists/Neocons and the Israeli Netanyahu government have put their trust in an American clone of Hitler calling himself President Donald J. Trump promising them Lebensraum in the Middle East. And this will end badly for both the Israelis and the American people who have put prejudice above the American ideal.
The only word that Trump never mentions or Tweets: PEACE! A functional illiterate, it is not in his limited vocabulary.
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