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Nathan Cofnas published a paper in the Israeli-based academic journal Philosophia: Philosophical Quarterly of Israel in February of last year titled “The Anti-Jewish Narrative.” Andrew Joyce wrote a masterful reply, “The Cofnas Problem,” while I decided to try to publish a response in Philosophia. My paper went through two rounds of peer review and was finally accepted. It is the lead article in the January issue of Philosophia, and is available as an open-access paper on Springer Nature.

This is the first time I have attempted to publish an article on Jewish influence in the mainstream academic literature since The Culture of Critique was published in 1998 by Praeger, so it is something of a milestone. I have updated quite a bit of the material, particularly the scholarly writing on Jewish involvement in influencing U.S. immigration policy—Chapter 7 of The Culture of Critique. I have always felt that Chapter 7 was the most important chapter in the book. Intellectual movements can decline drastically in influence. This was the fate of psychoanalysis—but not Boasian anthropology, and the intellectual descendants of the Frankfurt School remain influential throughout postmodern academia. Moreover, at least in Western democracies, even political movements, as embodied in the Jewish subculture of radical leftism, can be reversed at the ballot box—unless the people against whom the 1965 immigration law was directed are replaced by a new electorate with no attachment to the people and culture of the West. As argued in the paper, this is exactly what the 1965 immigration law was intended to accomplish in the minds of the Jewish activist community that was by far the most influential force in enacting the law.

Besides updating some critical aspects of The Culture of Critique, the paper emphasizes the point that the enactment of the 1965 immigration law did not occur in a vacuum and cannot be understood apart from the wider context of the rise of a new Jewish elite with influence in a wide range of areas. As I note in the abstract below, “The post-World War II era saw the emergence of a new, substantially Jewish elite in America. This new elite exerted influence on a wide range of issues that formed a virtual consensus among Jewish activists and the organized Jewish community, including immigration, civil rights, and the secularization of American culture.” The 1950s saw the decline of the old WASP elite, recounted in Eric Kaufmann’s The Rise and Fall of Anglos-America. By the 1960s this new elite was flexing its muscle, resulting in a cultural and demographic revolution which is ongoing and indeed accelerating. This new, substantially Jewish elite was (and remains) centered in academia and the media, and, because of Jewish wealth, this new elite has been able to have decisive influence in the political process via donations to political causes.

The abstract:

The role of Jewish activism in the transformative changes that have occurred in the West in recent decades continues to be controversial. Here I respond to several issues putatively related to Jewish influence, particularly the “default hypothesis” that Jewish IQ and urban residency explain Jewish influence and the role of the Jewish community in enacting the 1965 immigration law in the United States; other issues include Jewish ethnocentrism and intermarriage and whether diaspora Jews are hypocritical in their attitudes on immigration to Israel versus the United States. The post-World War II era saw the emergence of a new, substantially Jewish elite in America that exerted influence on a wide range of issues that formed a virtual consensus among Jewish activists and the organized Jewish community, including immigration, civil rights, and the secularization of American culture. Jewish activism in the pro-immigration movement involved: intellectual movements denying the importance of race in human affairs; establishing, staffing, and funding anti-restrictionist organizations; recruiting prominent non-Jews to anti-restrictionist organizations; rejecting the ethnic status quo as a goal because of fear of a relatively homogeneous white majority; leadership in Congress and the executive branch.

(Republished from The Occidental Observer by permission of author or representative)
• Category: History, Ideology • Tags: Anti-Semitism, Jews, Kevin MacDonald 
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  1. Unz’s thesis that Jewish achievement has fallen – plummeted, really – in the last couple of decades sounds plausible to me. When I was at university (I exited a few years ago), I did not have trouble finding Jewish professors but Jewish students were rarer and those I encountered were largely unimpressive.

    Yet elites are made up of old people, and American elites will reflect the situation of 20-year olds many decades ago. So it is quite likely that Jewish overrepresentation in US elite is partly due to cognitive advantages as these advantages were rooted in fact at the time. However, this is clearly not sustainable due to falling achievement, hence the ever-more increasing affirmative action.

    The dirty little secret of US academia is that affirmative action isn’t just for underrepresented minorities, it also includes for offspring of rich Gentiles (often donors or legacies) as well as for Jews. The victims are Asians and poor but bright Whites.

    I suspect we will see more attacks ramping up not only on Whites but increasingly on Asians in the US media, as the established elites will defend their increasingly indefensible privileges.

    P.S. I must commend the Israeli publication for publishing what can only be said to be a unflattering thesis to them, though my praise must be tempered with the fact that the publication is based in Israel and likely has mostly Jewish readers, so the risks are quite limited in that sense. It would be more impressive if a mainstream publication in the West published MacDonald, because the stakes are much higher and the potential downside much greater. For those reasons, I suspect that it will never happen. D.S.

  2. Realist says:

    This new, substantially Jewish elite was (and remains) centered in academia and the media, and, because of Jewish wealth, this new elite has been able to have decisive influence in the political process via donations to political causes.

    And the reason for that decisive influence was due to decisions made by White gentiles on the SCOTUS forty-five years ago.

    The SCOTUS has passed down egregious decisions that abridge the First Amendment and show contempt for the concept of representative democracy. Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1976 and exacerbated by continuing stupid SCOTUS decisions First National Bank of Boston v. Bellotti, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.
    These decisions have codified that money is free speech thereby giving entities of wealth and power total influence in elections.

    • Agree: Bro43rd, R.C.
    • Replies: @Mustapha Mond
  3. barnabus says:

    did not have trouble finding Jewish professors but Jewish students were rarer and those I encountered were largely unimpressive

    if you read the nathan cofnas paper, this could be due to the onset of miscegenation after WW2

  4. lastdance says:

    Most of today’s worldview in the developed world is the direct result of Jewish influence. Not only that, we are basically owned by them. All important means of production, retail, banking, media, healthcare and education are firmly in the hand of Jews. The goyim lost the decisive battles about hundred years ago. The people are busy fighting each other, all polarized to the breaking point, their thinking is so muddled that no one sees the forest for the trees. For what it’s worth, the Jews deserve to be ruling the world, since we the goyim clearly aren’t capable of that.

    • Replies: @Levtraro
  5. “Jewish IQ and urban residency explain Jewish influence.”

    Huh? Look at Jewish hatred of anyone who is not a Jew.

    More importantly, I think, read Exodus and understand that Jewish businesses, startups and others, are supported by interest-free loans, while Gentile start-ups have to cope with hate-driven usury.

    • Agree: BuelahMan
    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  6. Levtraro says:

    You sound a bit like the self gloating jew pretending to be a defeatist White. There are a few jews that think of themselves so smart that they can pull off this act.

  7. Levtraro says:

    Cofnas “default hypothesis” is merely that jews have higher mean IQs. This is the default hypothesis as described by Cofnas: “Jews are overrepresented in all intellectual movements and activities that are not overtly anti-Semitic primarily because they have high mean IQs.”.

    This hypothesis is negated by a simple fact: the mean IQ in Israel is below 100.

    and the proportion of Arabs in Israel is not sufficient to make pure Jewish Israel reach the 1oo level.

    Israel’s mean IQ is below the mean IQ of most European countries and of course it is below the mean IQ of Asian countries.

    It is possible though that jews produce more extreme IQ values. Clearly, Cofnas hypothesis based on the mean is not supported by the data. but a regurgitated hypothesis based on extreme values could have some support. Anecdotically, I’ve known a few jews who are extremely stupid and a few who are extremely smart, so there is that.

    • Replies: @Ann Nonny Mouse
  8. anonymous[267] • Disclaimer says:

    Key missing theme here is that, even at rarefied oligarch levels, Jewish elites were and remain a minority versus gentile elites

    So it is ultimately clear that whatever influence elite Jews have, is a power granted to them by non-Jewish elites, who have come to see those elite Jews as their top preferred influence group or mafia

    The 40% of billionaire Jews can be crushed by the 60% of billionaires who are gentile, who choose not to do so

    The nature of elites is to de-racinate and hire some sort of out-group to be the mafia against their own normies … historically this has been sometimes:
    (a) a caste of priests or religious leaders
    (b) gays, often under cover of ‘celibate’ priests or monks as in (a)
    (c) various classes or tribes of foreigners / outsiders who become a praetorian guard
    (d) Jews being a prominent special case of (c)
    (e) academic professor types and media figures, who with modern technology increasingly replace the roles of (a), now including a great deal of (d) and also some of (b)

    Seems billionaires and elites, gentile or whatever, are always ripe for the sales pitch of ‘You need services and agents against the commoners … we can do that for you’

    • Replies: @Bro43rd
  9. Organized jewry rules over gentiles because jews are willing to do anything to grab power (including lies, bribery, intimidation, and murder)

    In addition, organized jewry is motivated by an atavistic hatred and fear of gentiles, while whites generally have no idea what the jews are up to.

    Macdonald’s work is bulletproof solid…..organized jewry has conquered the white race…..the only question now is how bad is it going to get.

  10. Bro43rd says:

    Please cite your 40/60% stat. I find it hard to believe. Maybe on a global scale it’s true but if the same analysis is done just using “western” billionaires I’d bet we’d find it to be more like 70/30. And if we considered only the richest 1000 worldwide, surely it’d be at least 50/50. Another metric would be to total all wealth according to subgroup, my guess would be jews leave every other group in the dust, especially considering their % of total population.

    Your comment reeks of hasbara trolling.

  11. Money is the key to jewish control.

    Wealthy gentiles won’t fight the jews for obvious reasons as they would be shredded by the media and their bank accounts would be closed and their lives ruined. This is why Trump is such a pussy.

    jewish power is a satanic octopus with tentacles everywhere you look…..they can buy off most goyim….or blackmail them……or murder them….and cover their tracks while doing so.

    The nose can easily play whack a mole with rich whites that would dare to get out of line, but jews cannot whack 100 million gun owners…..that’s why they want centralized control…..that why we have covid communism and climate change communism and the Great Reset….that’s why they want digital currency and vaccine passports, etc.

  12. Chap.7 of the CofC was already bulletproof, but now KMAC’s response
    leaves Cofnas in the dust.
    There is no way to deny that Jews deliberately changed the demographics of western nations
    to satisfy their own interests at the expense of innocent white people who now face
    being a hated minority in their own countries. This hateful agenda does not reflect well on organized Jewry.

  13. jewrot says:

    I hope someone will write a dissertation some day on shlomo’s role in the covid scamdemic. This is monstrously evil stuff that will end up killing thousands more Americans than 9/11. The slaughter won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.

    The ((termites)) must be stopped. But that takes guts, and the Donald Trumps of the world are feckless pussies. It will be up to America’s white gun owners.

    • Replies: @Robert Dolan
  14. The GET-IN phenom, or blacks getting into white skins.

    Jews push it, and white cucks delight in it as they believe the whole redemptive purpose of whiteness is to flatter, serve, and praise blackness(and Jewishness and globo-homo).

    Not only tear down Robert E. Lee monuments to displace historical memory itself until it will be the New Normal to see blacks as white historical figures… until white people will find it ‘abnormal’ for a movie or TV show to show white historical figures as all white. It’s like Jewish media control has give us the ‘new normal’ whereby there’s almost no family without someone involved in interracism or some family member being ‘gay’.

  15. @Thulean Friend

    A few years ago there was a minor kerfuffle at Princeton, I believe. Having noted that Princeton’s student body was only 14% Jewish, not the c.20% at other Ivy League institutions, some Jewish people began muttering darkly of ‘antisemitism’. It’s a funny old world, to be sure.

  16. Bookish1 says:
    @Thulean Friend

    You saw less Jewish students because Jews see the way the wind is blowing and it is not with a college degree. The future is in the trades like electricians etc. The tradesmen will be the ones with the best security and guaranteed income. Don’t waste your money on college.

    • Replies: @Robert Dolan
  17. @Ann Nonny Mouse

    Nepotism and a xenophobic modus operandi are more powerful factors, in my opinion.

    • Troll: BuelahMan
  18. @Levtraro

    That Jews, actually East-European Ashkenazim only, have higher avg IQ than most is proof that they have no ancestral connection with the Semitic lands.

  19. Sanjay says:

    Thank you, I will read the full paper (a privilege, of course). It does indeed seem factual to me that the Ashkenazim provided the material and intellectual support for Cultural Marxism; but I find it interesting that the majority of European elites happily agreed to accept the lucrative positions in this system offered to them by the Ashkenazim, instead of experiencing an innate extreme moral disgust and anger after becoming cognizant of the intentional Ashkenazi attempt to undermine European genetic fitness – a disgust and anger of sufficient strength to engender these European elites to fight to their last breath in opposing it. They didn’t even, at the least, just decide that they would not use their high intelligence to harm their own people and would thus either take simple “Amish-like” jobs where they can just earn enough money for basic needs without contributing to the Ashkenazim, or just leave the country. They could have even come to a Spiritual decision that Lucifer was now in charge of America and the time has come for them to just leave Earth for the Next Life. To me, this seems to be a very strong lack of innate Group Selectiveness among the European Elites following the Enlightenment, a genetic weakness that the Ashkenazim took skillful and forceful advantage of.

    It seems to me that the Ashkenazim may be replacing white-collar European workers with Individually Selected relatively high ‘g’ Asians who are not loyal to their own respective ethnicities and seek personal wealth acquisition in the West. I don’t think the Ashkenazim believe they can afford to eliminate Europeans without finding suitable high ‘g’ replacements who can maintain and further the Western economic and technological status quo. And, as I understand it, the Ashkenazim still seek to conquer Russia and China, their only remaining ethnic competitors, so they still require a strong West.

  20. JimDandy says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Ah, I missed that it’s an Israeli publication. I was totally baffled when I heard that MacDonald was publishing a paper in a mainstream academic journal. But, of course, some degree of actual intellectual inquiry into Jewish issues is still allowed in Israel, even if it’s questioning certain details of the Holocaust narrative or gauging Jewish influence in America.

  21. If you want to see Jewish Influence and how quickly it can destroy look no further than Britain.

    Oh how the mighty have fallen, what is unique about the people?

    Who even cares about what they say anymore, they have nothing to offer.

    This all happened when the arrogant….stupid boomer generation allowed Jewish intellectuals to fill their heads in the university….now the boomers are coming to a end… they have spent their inheritance on their indulgent lives.

    What is left? A heap of manure where a once vibrant, proud, unique people once lived!

    • Disagree: Robert Dolan
    • Replies: @Robert Dolan
  22. @Realist

    Agree completely with your fine comment, except for one small, critical detail: it was not “White gentiles” on the USSC that made those decisions. It was “White gentile elites”. A different animal entirely.


    • Replies: @Realist
  23. Realist says:
    @Mustapha Mond

    It was “White gentile elites”. A different animal entirely.

    Be that as it may…the point is it was not Jews.

    • Agree: Mustapha Mond
  24. @Cookie Boy

    It’s not the “boomers,” dumbass.
    It’s not our women.
    It’s not the negroes.
    It’s not the Masons or the Jesuits.
    It’s not the Chicoms.

    It’s the JEWS.

  25. KenH says:

    The old WASP elite allowed themselves to get swept aside by highly organized, highly ethnocentric and new monied Jewish upstarts. American whites saved European Jewry in WWII and they thank us by crafting an immigration policy designed to make whites a minority and set the stage for complete genocide. They use their cultural might to encourage interracial dating and relationships which is yet another strategy to limit white births and hasten white minority status. They craft “civil rights” legislation that legally prohibits whites from forming race based communities and puts us at the mercy of black savages.

    This exemplifies the Jewish racial character and who they are as a people. No matter how philo-semitic we are they will always hate us and work to destroy us. Donald Trump was a Jew loving basket case and did whatever Israel demanded yet American Jewry still used their power and influence to destroy him.

    • Agree: Robert Dolan
    • Replies: @Robert Dolan
  26. @KenH

    That’s what makes me so FURIOUS…..that all of the men in my family fought in WWII to save a crew of deceitful ungrateful assholes who pay us back by destroying us.

  27. E_Perez says:

    American whites saved European Jewry in WWII and they thank us by crafting an immigration policy designed to make whites a minority and set the stage for complete genocide

    Sorry, but this is complete nonsense, you didn’t save Jewry, you deliberately empowered them.

    You (and Robert Dolan’s family (:-)) fought against the only white tribe who saw it coming, the only tribe who had the brains, guts and power to stop the Jewish takeover and white genocide.
    And warned you.
    And reached out for peace with you.

    But you were already owned by the tribe, so don’t be furious, you only reap what your grandfathers sow.

  28. Sanjay says:

    Well, I’ve completed reading the 32 page paper (and I’m of course grateful, since I consumed this product without offering compensation). I think the paper has provided ample evidence supporting the theory that the Ashkenazim have been highly Group Selected, Ethnocentric, and high in mental traits such as ‘g,’ Industriousness, In-Group Altruism,’ and Spirituality/Monumentalism. And I believe the paper has provided ample evidence supporting the theory that the Ashkenazim have engaged in an aggressive attempt to undermine European genetic fitness via the promotion of Cultural Marxism. I especially valued how Prof. MacDonald provided the quantitative measurements of the absolute numbers of Europeans at each IQ range above average versus that of the Ashkenazim, demonstrating that at each above-average IQ range, European-Americans greatly exceeded the Ashkenazim with respect to absolute population count. By controlling for this variable, other behavioral traits of the Ashkenazim can be scrutinized and correlated with observed attempts to undermine European ethnic interests. What stood out to me was that given the fact that high IQ Europeans far outnumbered high IQ Ashkenazi individuals, how can it be argued that the Ashkenazim were the actual cause of European decline. As I understand it, in evolutionary terms, it was most adaptive for races to evolve a normal distribution for intelligence, where only a small percent of the races were selected to be the leaders for the purpose of guiding the races (or at least the more ‘k’/slow life history races) towards adaptive cultural practices. The rest of the races’ members were not designed to comprehensively understand the more complex issues and were selected to carry out duties that proportionally required more “muscles to brains.” Thus, it was the duty of the high IQ Europeans, who far outnumbered the high IQ Ashkenazi individuals, to instruct the European masses that the Ashkenazim were hostile ethnic competitors and should be kindly/gently/comfortably relocated outside of the country. Instead, this European elite chose to disregard their race’s genetic fitness and instead follow an Individually Selected path, serving their own individual evolutionary advancement by prostituting themselves to the Ashkenazim in exchange for resources. In other words, as I understand it, there is no way the Ashkenazim could have been a problem if the European elites actually did their jobs.

    One more point – the paper suggests that European elites, after listening to the scientific “evidence” from Boas, the students of Boas, and Boas enthusiasts, were deceived into accepting the claim of racial genetic equality, and that political elites, after being deceived, promoted more egalitarian laws. My speculation though is that these Gentiles elites were not deceived; I hypothesize that these elites possessed sufficient ‘g’ to, simply by cursory observation, deduce that races were innately different in behavior and intelligence, especially those races of the largest magnitudes of average genetic differences from Europeans, e.g., the Sub-Saharan Africans and Aborigines. I conjecture that these elites, not possessing adequate Group Selectedness, simply decided that it was best for their careers that they go along with the Ashkenazim. In fact, I speculate that every ethnic European with at least average levels of ‘g’ surreptitiously believe that races are innately different and believe that the presence of some races in their communities are detrimental to their well being. However, now no longer being Group Selected, they have an aversion to Eurocentrism due to an accurate perception that such a society would place restrictions on behaviors that don’t serve the collective interests of Europeans. You see, now being Individually Selected, contemporary Europeans instead favor political models such as quasi-Libertarianism, or in the case of individuals with relatively high ‘g,’ Liberalism since they know they are in a position to successfully prostitute themselves to the Ashkenazim and live in wealthy communities that are isolated from the genetic diversity.

  29. Sean says:
    @Thulean Friend

    Once, you could not build a Leggo set in NYC without paying off Italian thugs. John Gotti had an IQ of 140. Not all children of Italians are so smart but Gotti was one of 13 children and families that size were less unusual when he was born. There was also block busting that targeted the ethnic (Catholic) neighbourhoods so in addition to Italians marrying German Irish or Polish women the communities became totally fragmented. As a result the mafia began accepting as sworn members (“made”) those with an Italian father but not mother. So, lower birthrate, less geographical concentration, and more intermarriage resulted in people with Italian names having less of the genetic wherewithal and cultural mindset for a shared fate group waging a sort of war on the wider society. That is what happened with Jewry too. The Mafia still exist of course …

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