Friday, April 8, 2016

The Rise of the Jewish Policy Elite: Meritocracy, Myth and Power

James Petras run a good story recently on the meritocracy. He doesn’t mince his words, the elite and powerful positions at the top of American society is dominated by American Jews, and is highly unrepresentative of American society. They say they got to these elite positions because of merit and that that they are highly qualified. Many have PhD’s and some are university professors, but their record is abysmal; they crashed the US economy and then helped their mega rich buddies to loot the American people; they started wars all over the Middle East leaving millions dead and millions more homeless; and when Russia embraced western capitalism under Yeltsin, they looted the Russian people.

You think university professors are all academics, erudite, thoughtful, you don’t think that they could be gangsters, part of organised crime, but they went on the rampage helping Russian oligarchs and criminals to seize control of whole state industries and then shift $billions into offshore bank accounts.

Many of these elite at the top did not make their wealth through merit, instead they have wrecked everything they have touched while lining their pockets in the process. Rather than get even more top posts, they should be put on trial for treason, as Paul Craig Roberts says.

http://www.unz.com/jpetras/the-rise-of-the-jewish-policy-elite-meritocracy-myth-and-power/

Extract:

Self-promoted, academic spokesman for the American worker, Robert Reich received his JD at Yale Law School and taught at Harvard. He served as Labor Secretary under Clinton (1993-97). During Reich’s tenure, labor union membership steeply declined, laws prohibiting worker organizing were tightened and the minimum wage became a minimum survival wage. Reich hung on to his Cabinet position even after the North American Free Trade for the Americas (NAFTA} was approved destroying over two million once secure American manufacturing jobs. He hung on as President Clinton carpet bombed the renowned worker self-managed factories of Yugoslavia. He kept his luxurious office in Washington after Clinton bombed Sudan’s principle factory for the production of vaccines and antibiotics leaving million of children and adults without basic vaccines and medicines. Reich kept ‘mum’ even as Haiti was invaded and a harsh neo-liberal anti-worker agenda was imposed to permit the democratically elected President Aristide to return to office.

While domestic inequalities deepened and economic deregulation extended, Reich remained in office. Reich ignored Israeli violence against Palestinian labor unions and workers, backing Clinton’s “carnal relation” with Tel Aviv.

After years of devastation against workers at home and abroad, Reich left Washington for a cushy $243,000-a-year appointment at UC Berkeley where he ‘teaches’ two hours a week assigning his own op-ed columns in the mass media as ‘reading material’. When not engaged in such strenuous scholarship, Reich has managed to churn out books ‘critical of neo-liberalism, inequality and social justice’. ‘Crying all the way to the bank’, this intellectual for the oppressed worker has to manage the $40,000 he is paid for each 45 minute speech on the lecture circuit. On an hourly basis, Reich earns 6 times more than the average US corporate CEOs he denounces.

6 comments:

Ben Johannson said...

Attacking Reich is silly. History is full of hypocrites who still worked in the interests of justice and ethics even when they couldn't live up to the ideals themselves.

Footsoldier said...

Your favourite economist is in the Guardian today Mike.

An anti-trade America is a recipe for disaster - Kenneth Rogoff

To me it's a disgrace he gets to write for the guardian but MMT'ers seem to be banned.

Matt Franko said...

Kevin there are many involved who are not Jews... so you cant "blame this on the Jews"...

Clinton? Bush? Cheney? Romney? Chuck Prince? the Bank of America people? Mozillo? Mankiw? etc...

However, a common denominator may be improper application of OT (aka Hebrew Scriptures) teachings... which includes both Jews and pretty much all of current Christendom...

Look at this guy he is some sort of Christian sect supporting Cruz and is advocating stoning homosexuals:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9J0DRvXGF0

Who needs ISIS when you have this guy right here!... this stuff comes right out of the OT...

nivekvb said...

I actually quite like Reich. I think he is a genuine guy.

Some people on the Right love to criticise the champagne socialists, or say that people like Micheal Moore are millionaires, but I say that the more rich people who are socialists the better. Lots of wealthy people want a better world.

I hope more people become wealthy making leftist films and books, spreading the message around.

nivekvb said...

I was concerned that I might come across as anti Semitic in that post, which I'm not. It was James Petras' title, not mine, and I couldn't change that. Stephen Lendman would approve of my post, and he's a Jew.

Liberal Jews are some of the most leading progressives. Greg Palast, Norman Finklestein, Noam Chomsky, Miko Peled, and Eran Efrati come to mind. Fabulous people.

I'm English, but that doesn't mean that I support the fascist English ruling class, or the Royal Family. They might be English too, but they are not my people. We're completely different.

Andrew Anderson said...

Well, at least the Bible ALLOWS Hebrews to collect interest from non-Hebrews.

But what excuse do Christians have if they support a government-subsidized/enabled/enforced usury cartel, ie our banking system, which drives fellow Christians into debt?