Goldwin Smith On The Jewish Question

Goldwin Smith was a 19th Century professor of English as such places as Cornell. In 1892, he published an essay on The Jewish Question:

Jewish ascendancy and the anti-Semitic movement provoked by it form an important feature of the European situation, and are beginning to excite attention in America. Mr. Arnold White, Baron Hirsch’s commissioner, says, in a plea for the Russian Jews (“The Truth about the Russian Jew,” Contemporary Review, May 1892), that “almost without exception the press throughout Europe is in Jewish hands, and is largely produced by Jewish brains;” that “international finance is captive to Jewish energy and skill;” that in England the fall of the Barings has left the house of Rothschild alone in its supremacy; and that in every line the Jews are fast becoming our masters. Wind and tide, in a money-loving age, are in favor of the financial race….

A community has a right to defend its territory and its national integrity against an invader, whether his weapon be the sword or foreclosure. In the territories of the Italian Republics the Jews might, so far as we see, have bought land and taken to farming had they pleased. But before this they had thoroughly taken to trade. Under the filling Empire they were the great slave traders, buying captives from barbarian invaders and probably acting as general brokers of spoils at the same time. They entered England in the train of the Norman conqueror. There was, no doubt, a perpetual struggle between their craft and the brute force of the feudal populations. But what moral prerogative has craft over force?

Mr. Arnold White tells the Russians that, if they would let Jewish intelligence have free course, Jews would soon fill all high employments and places of power to the exclusion of the natives, who now hold them. Russians are bidden to acquiesce and rather to rejoice in this by philosophers, who would perhaps not relish the cup if it were commended to their own lips. The law of evolution, it is said, prescribes the survival of the fittest. To which the Russian boor may reply, that if his force beats the fine intelligence of the Jew the fittest will survive and the law of evolution will be fulfilled. It was force rather than fine intelligence which decided on the field of Zama that the Latin, not the Semite, should rule the ancient and mold the modern world.

Goldwin Smith has no illusions about Jewish inferiority. He notes instead that Jews dominate the press in Europe and the world of finance and that without discrimination, Jews will rise to the top of every society and rule the world. This potential for dominance provokes the less intelligent goyim of creation who wish to preserve the distinctive nature of their countries to fight back with brute force.

My rejoinder to Goldwin Smith and to The Jewish Question is that free countries such as America, England and Australia have allowed the Jews to attain their natural level and this has not destroyed their host countries. Rather, these countries rule the world (though the WASP has gone into decline).

Which countries have prospered? Those who tried to decimate the Jews such as Germany during WWII and Russia in the late 19th Century or those who took the Jews in and let them rise to the level of their abilities (the US, England, Australia, Canada)?

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