Gilad Atzmon: Milton Friedman’s ‘Capitalism and the Jews’ Revisited
Given the severity and uncertainty of the economic crisis we are all experiencing, I suggest we look once more at the work of Milton Friedman, the leading economist and a staunch advocate of hard capitalism.
During the 1960s -80s Friedman was regarded by many academics, politicians and world leaders as the most important post- World War Two economist. Friedman was chief economic advisor to Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Menachem Begin. He also went on record advising the Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet.
It is far from surprising to note that more and more commentators have realised in recent years that it was Friedman’s ideology and advocacy of free enterprise, zero governmental intervention and privatisation that has led to the current financial turmoil. It was Milton Friedman’s philosophy that also contributed to the transformation of the West into a service economy.
But Friedman wasn’t just an economist: he was also a devout Zionist and a very proud Jew. Friedman was interested in the role of the Jews in world finance and politics. He also attempted to analyse and understand the attitude of Jews towards wealth. In 1972 Friedman spoke to The Mont Pelerin Society about “Capitalism and the Jews”. In 1978 he repeated the same talk, addressing Jewish students at the Chicago University’s Hillel institute.
I'd suggest that Friedman deserves our immediate attention, since he contributed to the rise of an ideology and school of thought that bears some [Ron: Arguably Friedman was a key propagandist in this dismantling process.] responsibility for the rearrangement (some might say dismantling ) of the West's economy.
The Jewish Paradox
Friedman was, no doubt, a sharp intellect, and could offer sharp and succinct criticism. Yet, Friedman was not entirely 'a cosmopolitan' in every sense of that word, since he was deeply involved in Jewish concerns and Zionist affairs, and he was deliberately open and transparent about being so.
In the talks he gave in 1972 and 1978, Friedman examined a unique Jewish paradox : “Here are two propositions,” he said. “Each of them are validated by evidence yet they are both incompatible one with the other.”
The first proposition is that “there are few peoples if any in the world who owe so great a debt to free enterprise and competitive capitalism as the Jews.“
The second proposition is that “there are few peoples or any in the world who have done so much to undermine the intellectual foundation of capitalism as the Jews.”
How do we reconcile these two contradictory propositions? [Ron: How the Jews must laugh at us!? Talk about hiding the truth in plain sight! Jews have always sought to covertly monopolise and destroy competion. The Rothschilds have dominated the so-called free-enterprise British and global economy since Waterloo and John D. Rockerfellers said competition was a SIN and destroyed all competition by every means available. Jews OWE a great debt to the lipservice their propaganda organs have paid to 'free enterprise and competitive capitalism' BUT have always secretly used those doctrines to destroy competition by gentiles (goyim) everywhere. Jews secretly work together to undermine ALL goyim in every aspect of society whether it be business, politics, academia or anything else. To suggest that they have EVER sought, as a group, to foster genuine free enterprise and competitive capitalism is totally laughable.
The contrary proposition namely that Jews 'have done so much to undermine the intellectual foundation of capitalism' is of course true. But it is not only true as regards the undermining of the "intellectual" foundation of capitalism so typical of Karl Marx and those who followed his work; but also Jews, in the guise of the Khazar Jew Bolsheviks who fomented and created the October Revolution in Russia and established the Soviet Union (USSR), absolutely and literally annihilated free enterprise and capitalism in the USSR and other places between 1917 and the early 1970s. To do that they murdered some 100 million Christians in and around the USSR, Germany and eastern Europe.
But the real joke for Milton Friedman has to be that his own extensive work would also have guaranteed the death of free enterprise and capitalism if the Rockefeller Cartel and the Rothschild Cabal hadn't already arranged it. In truth, Friedman was merely a propaganda tool of the Jew banksters and corporatists who needed a propaganda Pied Piper to mislead public opinion. Friedman's role was to spawn propaganda that fooled USans and the global population generally, into believing that the formal finishing touches to the annihilation of the very idea of free enterprise and capitalism, was its opposite. Freidman thus successfully led public opinion to acquiesce in the rampant fraud carried out by the global bankster and corporatist cabals operating through the US Federal Reserve System and the global Central Bank system it controlled. The result is now obvious. The global financial and economic system has collapsed and only appears to be still standing because 'bought and paid' for politicians, media and other opinion leaders are part of the charade.
As one may gather by now, Friedman, the free enterprise advocate, was clearly convinced that monopoly and government intervention were bad news in general; but, more crucially for him, they were also very bad for the Jews.
“Wherever there is a monopoly, whether it be private or governmental, there is room for the application of arbitrary criteria in the selection of the beneficiaries of the monopoly—whether these criteria be color of skin, religion, national origin or what not. Where there is free competition, only performance counts.”
Friedman, clearly prefers competition. [Ron: No! Friedman SAYS he prefers competition. There is an enormous difference between what he says and the reality that he pretended his words represented.] According to him “the market is color blind. No one who goes to the market to buy bread knows or cares whether the wheat was grown by a Jew, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, or atheist; by whites or blacks.” [Ron: this is just a variation of the old "hidden hand" bullshit which pretends that "the market" is not controlled by secret (almost exclusively Jewish or Zionist) manipulators, but is rather some esoteric conglomeration of independent decisions made by sovereign consumers. Yeah Righttt!
Friedman is right about one thing though; because of the dumbing down of the global population and the total distortion created by the Matrix, very few people 'know or care' about who grows their wheat and other food. But they should, because not only are Jew dominated corporations and governments adulterating and poisioning food and water but they are also arranging global affairs in such a way that tens of thousands of people die each day from starvation, malnutrition, dirty water created diseases and such. Moreover, the same Jewish corporate and government controllers are planning to starve hundreds of millions of people in the near future.]
Friedman’s elaborates further: “Any miller who wishes to express his personal prejudices by buying only from preferred groups is at a competitive disadvantage, since he is keeping himself from buying from the cheapest source. He can express his prejudice, but he will have to do so at his own expense, accepting a lower monetary income than he could otherwise earn.”[Ron: This bloke would have been funny if he wasn't so bloody dangerous! The centralisation of the global wheat and grain trade means that only a couple of corporations control it with a three or four smaller corporations following their lead. Sooo, miller's buy from monopolists at whatever price those monopolists dictate. The same situation pertains with all globally traded food and drink. Friedman's rhetoric is meant to decieve and it does.]
“Jews” Friedman continues, “have flourished most in those countries in which competitive capitalism had the greatest scope: Holland in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and Britain and the U.S. in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Germany in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.” [Ron: I give up! I would have to write a book to debunk this tergiversatious crap.]
According to Friedman, it is also no accident that Jews suffered the most in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, for these countries clearly defied free market ideology. [Ron: At this point even the terminally stupid must begin to sense that Friedman is a consumate Jewish FRAUD! Any serious researcher will quickly discover that the Holocaust did NOT occur and that the Jews were in fact protected by the German government's placement of them in work camps away from the German cities where civilians were bombed unmercifully (and genocided by the millions through starvation after WWII) by the Jews (Churchill, Eisenhower and Roosevelt) controlling the UK and US. Similarly, The Bolsheviks who carried out the "Red Terror" in Russia; the Ukrainian Holodomor; and myriad other genocidal atrocities in the Soviet Union and eastern Europe last century were predominantly JEWS and were led and controlled by Khazar Jews.
One may suggest at this point, that though it is undoubtedly true that Jews suffered in Soviet Russia and in Nazi Germany, and though it is also true that these countries defied free market ideology -- Friedman fails to establish a causal or even rational relationship between the opposition to the free market, and anti Jewish policies. [Ron: Everything is relative. Some Jews suffered in Soviet Russia and in Germany, especially during WWII, BUT such suffering was largely incidental and caused by WWII which was orchestrated by Jews. Moreover, in both relative and absolute terms the number of Jews who suffered in those countries during the 20th Century was trivial in comparison to the tens of millions of deaths, and the misery and suffering meted out to Christian gentiles in those countries AT THE HANDS OF JEWS, in the same period.]
However, the message Friedman conveys is clear -- Jews do benefit from hard capitalism and competitive markets. [Ron: Bullshit propaganda!]
Yet, Friedman is also genuinely intrigued by Jewish intellectuals' affinity with anti-Capitalism : “Jews have been a stronghold of anti-capitalist sentiment. From Karl Marx through Leon Trotsky to Herbert Marcuse, a sizable fraction of the revolutionary anti-capitalist literature has been authored by Jews.”
How could that be, Friedman wonders? Why is it that, despite the historical record of the benefits of competitive capitalism to the Jews; despite the intellectual explanation of this phenomenon that is implicit or explicit in much liberal literature from at least Adam Smith onwards, the Jews have been disproportionately anti-capitalist? [Ron: It's simple really. Jews are consumate and constant liars. Everything they do, as a group, is designed to exploit, despoil and destroy goyim. Moreover, they always use Hegelian dialectical techniques, that is they always play both sides against the middle. They create problems, wait for the stupid goyim to demand a solution and then: Voila, they produce the solution they wanted to introduce in the first place, So naturally they invariably champion both sides of this debate. BUT the truth is not in what Jews say, but in what they DO. And if this author genuinely doesn't understand that fact then he is wasting our time.]
Friedman considers some answers --
Rather often we hear from Jews on the left [Ron: 'On the left'?! Is this author out of the Arc? The old "Left/Right dichotomy is meaningless once you understand that Jews "own" both (all) sides of every debate.] that their affinity to humanitarian issues is driven by their ‘Jewish humanist heritage’. [Ron: Spare me!!] More than once I myself have commented that this is an utter lie. There is no such a Jewish heritage. Driven by tribal precepts, both Judaism and 'Jewish ideology' are devoid of universal ethics. [Ron: YES!!!] If there are some remote patches of humanism in Jewish culture, these are certainly far from being universal.[Ron: Not only are they not universal, they are a contradiction in terms! Read the Talmud or even the Torah folks!]
Friedman, however, offered a further take on the subject: In direct reference to Lawrence Fuchs who argues that the anti-capitalism of the Jews is a “direct reflection of values derived from the Jewish religion and culture,” Friedman wonders -- if Jewish culture is, indeed, inherently anti capitalist (as Fuchs suggests) how is it then, that Jews failed to successfully combat Capitalism and free markets throughout their history? Friedman analyses that whilst “Jewish religion and culture date back over two millennia; the Jewish opposition to capitalism and attachment to socialism, is at the most, less than two centuries.”[Ron: Why does anyone take Friedman seriously? Jews aren't anti-capitalist, they are ANTI-GOYIM! And the reason that (some) Jews started opposing capitalism and espousing socialism is because the Rothschilds took over the financial systems and economies of the UK and then France and much of Europe after the battle of Waterloo. Presumably it was then that they decided to organise the socialism/communism phase of their cmpaign to rule the world.]
Being a sharp intellect then, Friedman managed to dismantle Fuchs’s argument. He managed to counter the argument that Jewish culture is inherently socialist or humanist. If Judaism is, indeed, inherently and innately bound to such ethics, how is it that this humanism failed to become dominant throughout Jewish history?[Ron: Ya hafta be a "sharp intellect" to dismantle that argument?! Really? What a pack of wan-ers.]
Friedman also reflects in a surprisingly respectful manner, on the writing of alleged anti Semite Werner Sombart’s The Jews and Modern Capitalism. Sombart identifies Jewish ideology at the heart of capitalism. “Throughout the centuries, the Jews championed the cause of individual liberty in economic activity against the dominating view of the time. The individual was not to be hampered by regulations of any sort. I think that the Jewish religion has the same leading ideas as capitalism . . . “(1)
Though Jewish intellectuals at the time were largely unhappy with Sombart’s book, Milton Friedman is brave enough to admit that there is nothing in Sombart’s book itself to justify any charge of anti-Semitism (though, he argues, there certainly is in Sombart’s later work). Friedman, a proud capitalist, tends actually to interpret Sombart’s book as “philo-Semitic”. [Ron: Jews are NOT Semites.]
“If, like me”, says Friedman, “you regard competitive capitalism as the economic system that is most favorable to individual freedom, to creative accomplishments in technology and the arts, and to the widest possible opportunities for the ordinary man, then you will regard Sombart’s assignment to the Jews of a key role in the development of capitalism as high praise. You will, as I do, regard his book as philo-Semitic. “
Milton Friedman may even agree with early Marx, that Capitalism is Jewish 'by nature'. Yet, while Marx believed that in order for the world to liberate itself from Capitalism it had better emancipate itself from the Jews (3), for Friedman capitalism is of profound value and to be respected, and Jews should be praised for their inherent bond with this philosophy and its diverse ramifications. As far as Friedman is concerned, for Capitalism to prevail, Jews should continue to do what they are good at: and that is to trade freely in an open and competitive market.[Ron: You Betcha! Jews are sooo good at trading "freely in an open and competitive market.", just ask the Rothschilds and Rockefellers et al.]
Friedman seems to dismiss the presumed 'intellectual honesty' behind Jewish affiliation with the left and anti capitalism: He tends to argue that the Jewish intellectual inclination towards the left is a direct outcome of some political and historical circumstances, rather than ethical or ideological choice. He explains that, in his view, Jewish affiliation with the left is the product of a particular occurrence in Europe in the nineteenth century.
“Beginning with the era of the French revolution, the European political spectrum became divided into a “Left” and a “Right” along an axis that involved the issue of secularism. The Right (conservative, Monarchical, “clerical”) maintained that there must be a place for the church in the public order; the left (democratic, liberal, radical) held that there can be no Church at all . . . .”
It was only natural, then, for the Jews to join the left -- in fact Jews could only join the left.[Ron: The Jews were funded and controlled by the Rothschilds who organised the establishment of the Illuminati and the French Revolution so of course the Jews, so organised, were anti-monachial and anti-Catholic, and self described as "leftists"].
“The axis separating left from right also formed a natural boundary for the pale of Jewish political participation. It was the left, with its new secular concept of citizenship,[Ron: ie ANTI-CHRISTIAN] that had accomplished the Emancipation, and it was only the left that could see a place for the Jews in public life.”
Such a reasoning, then, views Jewish affiliation with the left as a politically opportunistic move instead of a form of ‘moral awakening’.[Ron: NO! It was an organised Jewish initiative by the Rothschilds and consistent with the Jews' hatred of Christians and gentiles.].
Such a reading of the 'Jewish left' reaffirms my own critical assessment. It also explains why some Jews join the left -- they support cosmopolitanism, solidarity, an international working class; and yet, they themselves often seem to prefer to operate within ‘Jews only’ racially orientated cells such as the Bund, Jewish Socialists or even Jews For Boycott of Israeli Goods. Friedman’s reasoning might also explain why so many Jews who had their roots in the so- called ‘left’, ended up preaching moral interventionism and Neo Conservatism.(4)
Friedman argues also, that Jewish affiliation with the left might be better understood as an attempt to disown some anti Semitic stereotypes of the Jew as being “a merchant or moneylender who put commercial interests ahead of human values.” [Ron: Bullshit. Some Jews foment dissent on the "Left" as part of the overall Jewish game plan in which Jews must control ALL sides of every major issue so that they can control the outcome and/or direct the winners.].
According to Friedman, the Jewish anti capitalist is there to prove that, far from being money-grabbing, selfish and heartless, Jews are really public spirited, generous, and concerned with ideals rather than material goods. “How better to do so than to attack the market with its reliance on monetary values and impersonal transactions and to glorify the political process, to take as an ideal a state run by well-meaning people for the benefit of their fellow men?”[Ron: Oh Pleasee! No more... enough already.].
And yet, in Friedman's logic then, it is not a ‘moral awakening’ that moves the Jew to the left; it is neither humanism, nor solidarity and nor is it kindness, but, instead, it seems to be a desperate attempt to replace or amend the Jewish image.[Ron: Bullshit. It's just part of the overall Rothschild plan to take down the rest of the world in a shower of shit, confusion and acrimonious debate and conflict.].
Surprisingly enough, I find myself in total agreement with Friedman, though I would phrase it differently. I do differentiate between ‘the leftist who happen to be Jewish’- an innocent category inspired by humanism, and ‘the Jewish leftist- which seems to me to be a contradiction in terms, for the left aims to universally transcends itself beyond ethnicity, religion or race. Clearly ‘Jewish left’ is there to maintain a Jewish tribal ethno-centric identity at the heart of working class philosophy. 'Jewish left' is there to primarily serve Jewish interests [Ron: EXACTLY!].
I noticed that Richard Kuper, the European Jewish activist behind the recent Jewish Boat to Gaza, was quoted as saying that their goal was to show that “not all Jews support Israeli policies toward Palestinians.”
It seems to me that the message Kuper conveyed was pretty clear: Rather than being driven entirely by a genuine care for the Palestinians in Gaza, the Jewish boat was also engaged in a symbolic exchange. It was also there to save the image of the Jews rather than solely providing humanitarian support. This fact alone may explain why the Jewish boat hardly carried any humanitarian aid for the Gazans. Rather than a ‘humanitarian aid mission for the Palestinians,’ it was probably also an ‘image rescue for the Jews’. [Ron: Yes! Even on this issue the Jews hafta try to be on both sides in order to confuse the issue.].
Seemingly then, Friedman managed to resolve the paradox between his two initial propositions (Jews being the benefactors capitalism vs. Jews being profoundly anti-capitalist) by offering an historical and political explanation: Jews or Jewish intellectuals are not really against capitalism; it was just the “special circumstances of nineteenth-century that drove Jews to the left, [Ron: Let's be specific- The Rothschilds funded and organised the Jews to create the French and Bolshevik Revolutions.] and the subconscious attempts by Jews to demonstrate to themselves and the world the fallacy of the anti-Semitic stereotype.” It was neither ideology nor ethics.[Ron: Well for the Rothschilds it was just "business" but for a lot of the ordinary Jews acting as their agents, their anti-Christian, anti-goyim ideology almost certainly constituted motivating factors - along with the monetary rewards no doubt on offer from their controllers.]
This interpretation explains why left Zionism was doomed to disappear. During his talks, Friedman reviewed the right/left political division in Israel. He noticed that two opposing traditions were at work in the Jewish State: “an ancient one--going back nearly two thousand years-- of finding ways around governmental restrictions (and) a modern one-- going back a century-- of belief in “democratic socialism” and “central planning.” Friedman was clever enough to gather already in 1972 that it is the “Jewish tradition”, rather than ‘socialism’, that would prevail. Friedman noticed already in the 1970’s that Israel was capitalist to the bone. He predicted that the short phase of Zionist ‘pseudo socialism’ was foreign to Jewish culture.
Yet. It isn’t just Israeli left that was doomed to die. Friedman's reading of Jewish culture also explains why the Bund (5) died; it didn’t really spread to the West; it also explains why the legendary Mazpen and other Jewish tribal anti Zionist revolutionary groups have never attracted the Jewish masses.
Friedman is not free of fault. In spite of his succinct reading of the Jewish left/right divide there are a few crucial points that have to be made about Friedman’s reading of Jewish culture, and his reading of capitalism.
Friedman argues that the free market and competition is good for the Jews. Yet he is also adamant that Government intervention is a disaster that leads to anti Semitism and other forms of institutional bigotry. If Friedman’s model is valid, then Jews in the West had better brace themselves, for Western Governments are currently intervening in the markets in a desperate attempt to slowdown the inevitable collapse of what is left of our economy and relative wealth.
If Friedman’s model is correct, and intervention is indeed bad for the Jews, then anti Jewish bigotry could be immanent, especially considering the gigantic bailout intervention schemes put up by states in an attempt to save what remains of the Western economy. [Ron: too little, too late.]
But it goes further -- it is also plainly clear that the bailout schemes are there to amend a colossal disaster caused by the endorsement of Friedman’s own ideology. [Ron: No it isn't! The bailouts are just more of the same. They represent the final nail in the coffin of US and global society. They are all part of the plan, and designed to totally loot the pseudo Christian, gentile US nation and most other gentile economies.]. We are all paying a very heavy price for free enterprise, hard capitalism, or, in general, the ideologies Friedman was so enthusiastic about.[Ron: Is this author for real? The US and global economy is NOT capitalist. It is a totally fascist, corporatist, secretly controlled and manipulated, conspiratorial criminal enterprise as is the US government ie Corporate US itself. How could it be anything else when private corporations have the exclusive license to create money out of thin air and charge interest (usury) on it?].
There is something Friedman didn’t tell his listeners in the 1970s -- He himself probably did not realise the full meaning of his economic model. He himself did not realise that the adoption of his philosophy by Roland Reagan and Margaret Thatcher would eventually bring the West to its knees. [Ron: I wouldn't bet on it.] He himself did not realise that it was his own advocacy of hard capitalism that would lead Western continents to poverty and deprivation. He perhaps did not realise back in the 1970s that it was his model that would eventually eliminate productivity, and every positive aspect of the welfare state. Milton Friedman did not realise at the time that service economy that suited some ethnic minorities for two millennia wouldn’t necessarily be a successful model once adopted into a macro model. As Friedman had gathered, throughout their history Jews and other ethnic minorities were very effective operating as service economy within competitive and productive markets. However, Jews and other ethnic or religious minorities did well because others were there to work around them. The transforming of the West into a service economy driven by relentless greed, a process that followed Friedman’s economic precepts, is now proving to be a disaster. It means poverty and global depression. It is translated into alienation from labour and productivity.[Ron: Why does this author presume that Friedman and his Jewish brethren did not understand these things?]
Friedman may have been correct when he predicted that governmental intervention may lead to anti Semitism [Ron: What?!? It isn't government intervention that breeds anger at what Jews do and have done to our world; it is the deeds themselves.]-- yet, he probably failed to realise that it was largely his own intellectual heritage that would be responsible for the current financial disaster. It is in fact his own economic model and prophecy that could also introduce Jews to far more suffering.[Ron: Spare me! Talk about having a victim mentality! These Jews are beyond comprehension.]
(3)“What is the secular basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest. What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money. Very well then! Emancipation from huckstering and money, consequently from practical, real Judaism, would be the self-emancipation of our time.” Karl Marx On The Jewish Question, 1844
(4)David Miliband, David Aaronovitch and Nick Cohen are all good examples of the above.
(5) East European Jewish Socialist Party was formed in 1897 as the tthe General Jewish Labour Bund of Lithuania, Poland and Russia.
Jan. 3, 2010