- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (July 26, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0766178293
- ISBN-13: 978-0766178298
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 11 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,194,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The International Jew: The World's Foremost Problem
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A Message from the Anti-Defamation League
The International Jew, authored by Henry Ford, is blatant anti-Semitism. It portrays Jews as monolithic, malicious schemers plotting to control the planet. "If there is one quality that attracts Jews, it is power," the book states. "Wherever the seat of power may be, thither they swarm obsequious." It does not portray Jews as individuals but as a single-minded, calculating cabal. Conflict among Jews, no matter how real, is painted as a sly trick, part of the Jewish plot. The book blames nearly all the troubles it saw in American society of the time on Jews. "Whichever way you turn to trace the harmful streams of influence that flow through society, you come upon a group of Jews," it claims. Even problems with the "national pastime" are attributed to Jewish influence: "If ... fans ... wish to know the trouble with American baseball, they have it in three words ... too much Jew."
The best lesson one can draw from this book is that being a great industrialist does not necessarily convey expertise in other subjects. The International Jew began as a four-volume set of pamphlets, published by Henry Ford in the 1920s, in which he attempted to justify his anti-Semitic views by couching his beliefs not as racism but as "fact."
What follows is an unwieldy and meandering set of essays in which Ford uses pseudo-science and third-rate sociology (as well as talk of conspiracy and "ancient prophecy") in an attempt to scientifically prove that "the Jew" is the biggest problem holding the world back.
If something nice can be said about this book, it’s that Ford is absolutely thorough in his accusations--perhaps an illustration of the kind of attention to detail that made him rise to such heights as a businessman. In his essays, he accuses the Jewish people of just about everything under the sun: fomenting Communism, gambling on baseball, making "Jewish Jazz" our national music, even conspiring with Benedict Arnold. Ford may have done as much as anyone in history to propel American industry into the future, but his anti-Semitic ramblings would have us stepping back into the Dark Ages.
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He saw the Jews as a separate group, having maintained their identity over millenia by means of a strong racial awareness, intermarriage laws, religion and tradition. There isn't much to doubt about this, but he moves on to consider how this Jewish group has interacted with the remaining 97% of Gentile society (in 1920 Jews were about 3% of the US population and are a similar proportion today).
He concludes that there are positive and negative effects. On the positive side he shows traditional Jewish commercial activities such as banking becoming centred in the most tolerant countries (in his day and at present the US) providing plentiful Gentile employment which in the modern context would include the media and entertainment industries.
On the negative side is the manipulation of their host legislatures, foreign policy, economy and media channels for their own rather than the national benefit.
Although he doesn't express it in these terms, he is really asking whether Jews and Gentiles have a symbiotic relationship (both sides benefit) or a parasitic relationship (one side benefits) in the countries in which they coexist.
He comes down mostly on the side of a parasitic relationship which he supports by the considerable efforts that Jewish organizations go to to hide their power and shut down any references to it in the media. They label it as anti-Semitic, which it often is, but Ford makes it clear that the Jews themselves have been operating a solid racist policy since at least Roman times so it isn't a surprise that Gentiles sometimes react in the same way.
The book identifies Gentile nationalism and racial identity as a principal Jewish fear, hence their strong support for multiculturalism (for Gentiles) and liberalism (for Gentiles) of the kind promoted in the collapsing late Austro-Hungarian empire and German Weimar republic, both of which they powerfully influenced.
He shows that the the murderous Bolshevik revolutionaries were almost entirely Jewish and the catastrophic result that their revolution had for the Russian and Ukrainian populations, and, should he have written his articles post WW2, he would have added the equally catastrophic German nationalistic reaction against the early 20th century Jewish domination of German society (e.g. in 1912, one out of three high school students in Vienna was a religious Jew, 40% of medical students were Jewish etc. displacing the traditionally German middle class - See Brigitte Hamann )
Also consider the fact that he, Edison, Einstein, and Firestone were all life-long friends and shared the same exact view. How could these geniuses be so very wrong as well?
People who dismiss opinions and factual points because they wish to be politically correct are the narrow ones.
My suggestion: Read a bit of the book. Consider the points. Apply them to you own life experiences and happenings in today’s world. If they hold meaning and value for you, continue. If not, move on to something else.
I found tremendous value in the book and have passed it along to other who found the same.
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