The Ruling Elite

For as long as I’ve been alive, the image of the ruling class has been the WASP. The caricature was of a horse faced, toothy guy named “Prescott” that liked to wear a tennis sweater draped over his shoulders and used the word “swell” a lot. Alternatively, it was the old guy sitting in a leather chair at his club, reading the Financial Times while smoking a pipe and drinking brandy with the other aristocrats. The point of these caricatures was to highlight the ethnic and cultural divide between the people in charge and the rest of us, not just the financial differences.

Like all stereotypes, the origins of this are rooted in fact. For a long time, the ruling elite of America was very WASPy and somewhat inbred. A relatively small number of ruling clans out of New England ran government, finance, big business and foreign affairs. The Brahmins were folks who traced their roots to the founding, often claiming to have had ancestors on the Mayflower. They went to the best schools, knew the best people and accepted their duty as the caretakers of the nation. They were of course, almost always Episcopalian.

Even back when I was a little kid, this was no longer reality in America. It remained a popular stereotype because it is comforting to people. The people in charge are not there because they are smarter or better. They were born into it or they had connections that allowed them to gain access to the halls of power. The Irish and Italians still carry on like the world is run by guys named Pemberton and Forbes. Jews, of course, love this motif and are endlessly reminding us that they were kept out of golf courses by the WASP elite.

Despite the mythologizing, the fact is we no longer have a WASP ruling class. The real ethnic nature of the ruling class in America is Jewish. As I pointed out in my Mokita post, Jews are smart and we live in an age when being smart counts for everything. The stereotype of the Jewish banker or Jewish lawyer is obviously true. The titans of global finance are all Jewish guys. The US Supreme Court is 30% Jewish and Obama has a Jewish guy warming in the bullpen to replace Scalia.

The argument has always been that Jews dominated banking because of historic discrimination and that’s not entirely false. Catholic prohibitions against usury allowed Jews to dominate the lending business, but that does not explain why Hollywood has always been dominated by Jews. It does no explain why 30% of the Fortune 1000 are people of Jewish descent. Jews are one percent of the population, but represent 47% of major American sports team owners.

Sport #Owners Jews Blacks Asian Whites Other
NBA 51 34 3 1 12 1
MLB 30 10 0 0 17 3
NHL 32 15 0 1 14 2
NFL 32 10 0 1 20 1
Total 145 69 3 3 63 7
47.59% 2.07% 2.07% 43.45% 4.83%

Ownership of sports teams is a great metric because it requires more than just money to own a team. You have to have connections in finance, politics and, of course, the sport. These sports leagues are clubs and they don’t just let anyone join. These are clubs for members of the American elite to show they are at the top. It’s the ultimate trophy for the most connected. The fact that close to half the people in sports ownership are Jewish is a reflection of the new American ruling class. It’s guys named Herb, not Prescott.

Despite this amazing dominance, Jews still act as if they are a put upon minority, scrambling to make a go of it in the teeth of ethnic hostility. The show Mad Men, from what I understand, is based on the myth that the Jews were kept out of advertising until last week. The guy that invented the ad business in America was a Jewish guy from Chicago back in the 1920’s. Then there is the whole golf club business that Steve Sailer writes about a lot.

It’s a powerful bit of mythology that probably works as motivation for young Jewish kids setting out in the world. Every ethnic group in America, except Germans and the English, has a similar sort of mythology. The Irish swear that their uncle Seamus was denied jobs because he was Irish. Italians claim they have been forever slandered by the whole Mafia thing. Poles work the Catholic angle. East Asians are quick to remind everyone about Fu Manchu and coolies.

Someone has to be the ruling elite in every society and having Jews in charge is probably not the worst choice. The Irish would be the worst choice. But, a ruling elite that nurses a grudge against the society over which it rules, because of past discrimination, sounds a lot like Syria where the Alawites angrily rule over Sunni majority. America is a not Syria, so there will not be a violent uprising against the ruler sect, but it does mean Jews will have to stop whining and accept their role as the ruling elite.

It also means that Americans will have rework their idea of the aristocrat. The Talmud is a best seller in South Korea because Koreans want to be successful so they are setting out to emulate the most successful ethnic group. Eventually, Americans will do the same thing. Instead of a striver changing his name to “Blake Ashcroft” and claiming Mayflower ancestry, the ambitious will change their name to Murray Goldblatt and claim Holocaust ancestry.

This is already happening at the fringes. Guys like John Podhoretz are constantly demanding to see Bar Mitzvah photos because they believe people are faking their Jewishness in order to gain access to the club. Whether or not people are “trying to pass” is tough to tell. Podhoretz is an evil little slug of a man. He could just be trying to damage his betters in the scribbling community. Still, it is not far-fetched. There used to be a time when you had to prove you went to Choate before gaining access to the elite.

On the other hand, Jewish fertility rates in American are around 1.9, with the highest being among ultra-orthodox sects at 4.1. The Jews in charge are not breeding and it only takes a generation or two of these sorts of TFR’s before Jews in America begin to look like the Amish. Then there is the inevitable out-breeding and falling away from the faith that challenges all religious minorities. It is entirely possible that Jews in America are at their peak and are about to experience a slide into oblivion.

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Severian
4 years ago

That’s half the appeal of communism — you have to prove your proletarian class origins to get anywhere (in theory, of course; in reality, the Politburo is what revolutionaries always are — middle-class intellectuals and their sons, who had the kind of elite upbringing that would put Prescott to shame). But Prescott always used to put on a show about how much he loved America. He went into the service (if only as a REMF) and watched baseball (even if he played polo at home) — cf. JFK, PT-109. and their “touch football” games. The problem with the Jews is… Read more »

Severian
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

A *little* more complicated, true, but didn’t Jewish intellectuals basically invent the “proposition nation” part of American culture? And marrying the Italian girl would be a death sentence — socially, but he’d at least catch a beating — for an Irish guy well into the 20th century. There’s no real difference between Jews and, say, East Asians, who currently have out-breeding rules that would make a rabbi faint… and who, in a technological society, will be the new elite soon enough (Suresh Chadhury always wins the junior math competition, narrowly beating out Jin-Yu Chang). I totally agree with the lack… Read more »

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Reply to  Severian
4 years ago

Israel has basically become another secular outlet for religion among most assimilated Jews. Thats not to say that Jews overall wouldn’t be interested and supportive of Israel otherwise but it would probably be more low-key. The problem though is that you can create a sort of secular religion out of anything but it won’t stand the test of time unless it has God in it. You can see that now with Jewish support of Israel – its still strong but 20 years ago you would never have seen groups like JStreet or Jewish Voice for Palestine outside of the far-far-far… Read more »

Marina
Marina
Reply to  Brooklyn
4 years ago

Zionism is a way to express Jewish Feeling that is less taxing than, say, actually practicing Judaism. In America, Jews become Reform or Zionist so they can feel Jewish and hang around other Jews without actually keeping the Sabbath or kosher or other difficult things. Reform Judaism is basically a dead letter in Israel itself because Israelis live their whole lives as conscious Jews and around other Jews, so it serves no purpose.

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Reply to  Marina
4 years ago

Reform Judaism served a purpose in a more religious oriented age; it was a way to have a sort of Protestant Christianity without Jesus and probably kept more people from converting outright which was a big issue at the time. These days its basically hollowed out like any other mainstream religious group and is pretty much just another political action group.

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

Looking at it from the other direction, its not so much a problem of lack of antisemitism as it is that the assimilating majority don’t really know how to articulate a reason for the non-Jewish partner to convert since they don’t believe in the actual religion anymore. Woody Allen, the Democratic Party and Israel aren’t enough to keep two people from marrying or to have one of them convert to a religion the other doesn’t take seriously.

Drake
Drake
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

Look at Comrade Sanders. A secular Jew who would be completely shocked at the Tenth Commandment.

UKer
UKer
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

I knew a Jewish guy who once — because he was on a foreign airline and didn’t understand the menu — ate pork and later hated himself for it. No, not because he had broken a golden rule, but because he enjoyed it so much and knew he could never eat it again (well, not officially)

Drake
Drake
Reply to  UKer
4 years ago

I’ve know several who have reclassified bacon and sausage out of the forbidden zone.

Lorenzo
Lorenzo
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

“Oddly, what works against Jews in America is the lack of antisemitism.”

Well, yes. Subject a group of people to a hundred generations of harassment and outright attempted extermination and, if the group survives, you will have a population selected for intelligence, adaptability and cohesiveness. Remove that pressure and those traits regress to the mean of the population as a whole. However, Islam is starting to remind Jews of pogroms and holocausts, so the pressure is being applied again.

Lorenzo
Lorenzo
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

I think you’re right about that.

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

Europe isn’t exactly swimming in Jews today; the total for the continent is something like 2 million. I think that most of the major Jewish communities will disappear either to Israel or North America but that there will still be something here and there. Most likely the largest community that would remain would be in Russia.

Buckaroo Banzai
Buckaroo Banzai
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

New York City is the largest Jewish state in the world.

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

World Jewish population is mostly US and Israel plus the countries you mentioned; as for Israel’s survival, I think that they should be more worried about their own left than about the American Left. Latest news is that the head of their leftist camp basically signed the country away on the eve of the last election right before he lost.

Buckaroo Banzai
Buckaroo Banzai
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

America has no tolerance for Jew hating? Hmmm. Maybe that’s true for the recent past, but America seems to be warming up to the idea. Jews aren’t helping themselves much, as everything they seem to be associated with (banking, Hollywood, neoconservatism, homosexuality, trangenderism, unlimited immigration of third worlders, the media, etc) seems to be coming under increased scrutiny as being decidedly anti-American.

guest
guest
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

But just because the ADL defines what hate is.

You don’t like smelly gefiltefisch, that’s hate by default! Debate over.

Bill DeWahl
Bill DeWahl
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

“Americans have no tolerance for Jew hating…,” I would have agreed with this, 15 yrs ago, without a second of hesitation. However, in 2016, I think if you could hear the innermost thoughts of a good number of folks around this land, you’d find that if not outright “hate,” there’s developed a curiously suspicious spotlight suddenly turned on the Jewish elites, and what previously had only been innermost thoughts, has become a low grumble. With the GOP Beltway,( elites in the party, think tanks, publications, money changing classes), violently recoiling from anything to do with Trump, using diaphanously ridiculous excuses,… Read more »

Ben H
Member
4 years ago

The fertility rate among actual leading-society Jews is ever lower. I think its down to a couple a gay guys adopting a black kid.

Hub
Hub
4 years ago

I agree that the Irish are a problematic elite, but better James Michael Curley or Richard Daley running your city than David Dinkins or Kwame Kilpatrick.

OrcFromMork
OrcFromMork
Reply to  Hub
4 years ago

Better Rudy Giuliani than any Kennedy who ever lived.

dentshop
Member
Reply to  OrcFromMork
4 years ago

Or Faqir Al-Imam

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
4 years ago

Besides fertility you left out assimilation; public numbers sit around 60% or so and the reality is probably closer to 70%. So the future of Jews in America is probably largely a split between becoming the urban Amish and the new Cherokees (i.e. everyone in the elite claiming to have a Jewish grandparent or being 1/32 Jewish). That doesn’t mean oblivion but probably a retrenchment – the elite will use the 1/64th or whatever drop rule as an updated way of being exotic and probably to coast of the memory of high Jewish IQ (i.e. my great-great-grandfather was Jewish so… Read more »

Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

Part of it is probably that we are talking about two different groups within a larger group. The large part of the liberal/reform section of American Jews comes from people who settled here at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. While there was some Orthodox settlement in that era, the majority of the Orthodox Jews who are booming population-wise today came after World War Two. (There is also some turnover from one group to the other – some Orthodox boil off and become secular but there is also movement in the opposite direction. In some… Read more »

Severian
Reply to  Brooklyn
4 years ago

That’s the other thing. I grew up in the New South, where everyone is anonymous and interchangeable, so the kind of secular Jews who end up in the Elite just seem like stereotypical East Coasters to me — pushy hustlers who talk too much, too loud, and too damn fast, and won’t get out of your personal space (to me, Woody Allen sounds like a NYC cab driver who thinks too much). There are major differences between groups, I realize, just as there are major differences between the “Irish” guy who likes Notre Dame and the professional Irish guy in… Read more »

Bill DeWahl
Bill DeWahl
Reply to  Brooklyn
4 years ago

Don’t really know if you or anyone else that might be able to give me any info, but I honestly don’t know much about Jews hiding their lineage, or completely shucking off all Jewish roots, or if that has ever been a common occurrence. I grew up in the Deep South, without any notion of whatever European ancestry made up my family tree. My immediate family was not religious, but our larger surrounding relatives were all Southern Baptist & I never thought much about it. Once the ability to search records online became available, my cousin started the tree and… Read more »

james wilson
james wilson
Reply to  thezman
4 years ago

That is a fascinating take, Z. For what it’s worth, I have much personal experience with Jews for family and professional reasons. If, as seems certain, the Jews who are breeding replace the Jews who are not, I still do not see things changing at the top of the world. Just as the Amish have their Wilding and bleed off especially rambunctious DNA, the Lubavitcher community will in some way supply the Jewish ruling class with new talent. Perhaps they will improve it. The world needs only so many NBA owners and trillionaire’s in any event.

SgtBob
4 years ago

“The Jews” are rich and successful and run things. (1) So who do you want in charge?, and (2) I’ve never known a rich Jew. Successful, hard-working, yes. But not rich. Not that there are no “rich Jews”; obviously there are, or there would not be anti-Jewish animosity. The main problem is, most of the world continues its Canaanite, Moabite and Philistine society and ignores the real message.

Terry Baker
Reply to  SgtBob
4 years ago

Amen, Sgt. Bob. It’s the deeply ingrained work ethic and applied cultural attributes that ensure Jewish success. I married into the tribe and the in-laws are all WASPS on steroids.

Please remember that so called WASPS applied the same same Judaic cultural traits to create their success historically long before connections and inherited wealth became factors.

SgtBob
Reply to  SgtBob
4 years ago

The “you” is generic and not indicated toward the author of the column.

John
4 years ago

Until I went to a Jewish commuter college on Long Island I had never met a Jew. My grandmother used to cuss and say defaming things about ‘The Jews’ which made it interesting when my father found out her maiden name was a common European Jewish surname. At school I discovered Jewish girls. I liked Jewish girls, really, really liked Jewish girls. Heartbreaking when I realized they were having a fling before they married a nice Jewish boy. Working part and full time in retail I’ve worked with and for Jews. I admired some, a few made me understand Hitler.… Read more »

Buckaroo Banzai
Buckaroo Banzai
Reply to  John
4 years ago

He had yet another crippling identity crisis (the third or fourth at least, I lost count), and in the last scene, we are left with the distinct impression that he reacquired his composure and returned to the ad agency and proceeded to create one of the most iconic ad campaigns of all time. I thought the show did a good job chronicling the creeping degeneracy of the 1960s, and that Don Draper was an interesting character lens through which the audience could watch that degeneracy unfold. But yes, the show writers clearly hated America, as they were obviously of the… Read more »

Member
4 years ago

I used to subscribe to Commentary. I was slightly shocked at the number of articles and letters expressing concern over the demography of American Jewry.

Marina
Marina
4 years ago

My in-laws and husband are Chinese and my FIL was deeply disappointed to learn I wasn’t Jewish. He thinks Jews run the whole world and he was very excited by the prospect of his son marrying into such a distinguished group. It was this weirdly enthusiastic statement of what is considered an anti-Semitic trope. Jews run the world! And that’s great! And I’d like to join their club and subscribe to their newsletter!

Member
4 years ago

Amen and Amen. The Jews have been riding this gravy train for the last 50 years especially in the era of meritocracy. They have used this victimization meme to hide the fact that they are truly the elite of this country because they are fearful, due to their history, that if it is acknowledged that they are the ruling class there would be resentment and hatred against them among lower income groups. They are especially fearful of evangelical Christians. In fact due to their Holocaust phobia they politically are liberal always pushing in our culture the Utopian and anti- authoritarianism… Read more »

Buckaroo Banzai
Buckaroo Banzai
Reply to  amoose1959
4 years ago

Fearful of evangelical Christians? Um, no, modern evangelicals are quite pro-Jew and pro-Israel. As far as Jews being fearful, they have quite a long history of annoying the natives of whatever lands they settle in, to the point that they almost inevitably get kicked out– or worse. After a few thousand years of this, its become a chicken-or-the-egg thing; do they get kicked out because they are obnoxious and fail to assimilate, or do they become obnoxious because they are so distrustful of the natives that they deliberately choose not to assimilate?

Anon
Anon
4 years ago

I think that political correctness favors hard line Muslims above all others, including above blacks (though you seem to think being black trumps being muslim) and above gays and ultimately, even above women. Given that Muslims have a particular animosity towards Jews and share the left’s animosity towards Christians, this will hurt Jews in particular. That, rather than low birth-rates. Jewish support is drifting to the right. Apparently, in France and in Britain, most Jews vote for the right (by a small margin). In America, there’s still a large majority for the left, but the trend is clear. This will… Read more »

Jeff147
Jeff147
4 years ago

I am an Anglo-Saxon American (how’s that for a mouthful?) that doesn’t quite understand the Jewish mentality on how they think about things. The Jewish truck driver neighbor of mine doesn’t really give a damn about Kosher food, but he kinda-sorta supports Israel as long as it doesn’t cost him anything. He’s wishy-washy at best about such things. He isn’t aware of how much of his tax dollars goes to Israel and most likely wouldn’t care. He does very much care about his life and his family. On the other hand, the Jewish people who are loud mouthed about “cultural… Read more »

Bah
Bah
Reply to  Jeff147
4 years ago

“Is it insanity or some form of cultural suicide by them?”

Either way, their cousins in Israel don’t seem to share it, which should tell you something.

Bah
Bah
4 years ago

“Everything about American society reveals that it is half Judaized, and the other half negrified.” — Adolf Hitler, January 1942. If it wasn’t true then, it is certainly true now. How he must be laughing in Hell – “see, I told you, but you wouldn’t listen!”

The next sentence in the quote is also significant: “How can one expect a state like that to hold together?”

dentshop
Member
4 years ago

Jewish women (like the Shiksa) have abandoned their faith and are marrying gentiles. The men, who, without the women are basically non-practicing, are marrying said shiskas – even black ones, wowee! Judaism, like Islam is in big trouble and wont experience a renaissance. Their kids eat sausage, Hawaiian pizza and shrimp sushi.

When you mentioned Podhoretz, I was worried but then you mentioned what a piece of filth he his, I relaxed.

dentshop
Member
4 years ago

All this talk of Jews and the comment code is, “gaSmE”. No lie.

cali
cali
4 years ago

Great post with many great observations! The Jews in America – the K Street types – are most leftists people who do not even support their own Jewish people who do not follow the Talmud and rather the Torah. They couldn’t be more opposite. I agree with your opinion about Podhoretz – a deceptive guy always on the prowl for money to support his outfit while opining. Having said that I think the most evil, dominating and controlling Jews period are the Rothchild’s and their spawn. They own and control 65% of the wealth owned of the world combined although… Read more »

SgtBob
Reply to  cali
4 years ago

Illuminati! Knights Templar! Masons! Mormons! Knights of Columbus! Skull and Bones! And, of course, “the Rothchild’s (sic) and their spawn.”

cali
cali
Reply to  SgtBob
4 years ago

Exactly right! I would add the British Queen, the catholic pope and the Vatican, the Rockefeller’s – the corporate media that serves as propaganda arm of these demonic entities while keeping many americans uninformed while conditioning them and nudging them forwards – towards the one-world-government and its hell it will unleash against all of us!

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Chu
Chu
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Thanks for the stat charts on professional sports and Jewish ownership. What was not mentioned was that having a sports team is a great opportunity to launder money, and there are hoards of people paying cash at stadiums for tickets and food/drinks. All the inter-tribal scheming that goes within the US, they can funnel some of that money through a Jewish sports owner – a great way to launder money.

Even Pablo Escobar figured this out in Colombia’s Atlético Nacional soccer team in the 70’s.

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