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Mattwall1 March 21st, 2015 4:15pm

Could rising levels of wealth and income inequality lead to higher levels of anti Semitism in the United States?

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Yoko318 Utah
03/22/15 12:44 pm

I suppose it could, but it isn't likely.

MisterE Conservistan
03/21/15 7:08 pm

The number of idiots who believe in the conspiracy theories about the Rothchilds is astounding.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
03/21/15 12:10 pm

Technically it could, but I can't think of a reason why it would. Income inequality isn't a thing typically associated with Assyrians, Arabs, Hebrews, or other Semitic peoples.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
03/21/15 1:58 pm

I did, and posted a link there highlighting poverty in some of the Jewish communities in New York. The 90/10 split is as close to unanimous as we get here on SOH, leading me to believe the dissenters are our cadre of the deliberately obtuse.

GrandmaALiCE Rocky Mtns aerial view
03/21/15 2:18 pm

Oh, yes, now I remember seeing your link there. Thanks!

I just wanted to put Matt's poll here in context.

Maj Worth Economist
03/21/15 11:30 am

When resources are scarce, living things get conservative. When it's people getting conservative, bogeymen and tribalism happen. Jews are an easy target. So is pretty much anyone who disagrees that traditional conservation is the best thing to do.

Arananthi Literal Ninja
03/21/15 10:44 am

Of course. Jews are classically the money-grubbers. Thus the term 'Shylock.' When people lose money, they look for someone to blame. This is why it's so easy for the wealthy to convince idiots that the poor people are magically taking their monies.

03/21/15 12:00 pm

Correction: Jews were *portrayed* as "money grubbers."

03/21/15 5:43 pm

Aran, I'm hoping that was supposed to mean that jews are often and have often been accused of being such, not that we were or are...

Arananthi Literal Ninja
03/21/15 9:37 pm

Well, in Christian Europe when everyone except the Jews was forbidden by Biblical law from loaning money at interest ('usury'), the Jews were the bankers, end of story. So there is historical validity to the archetype, however untrue it is today.

03/21/15 10:14 pm

Yes, we all know the history.
SOME jews were bankers, but not all.
And the ones who were, were, by and large, ethical bankers.

But your phrasing seems to indicate you accept that negative portrayal as true.

Ebola1 Florida
03/21/15 9:40 am

I can't see how unless you're referring to the fact that many Jews in Germany, for instance, were the ones of higher income and wealth before Hitler.

03/21/15 10:28 am

Anti Semitism in general tends to go up enduring economic downturns. An economic situation where extreme disparities exist in relation to wealth (and arguably income too) could easily exacerbate that tendency.

Ebola1 Florida
03/21/15 10:31 am

Well we're on the verge of one now.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
03/21/15 9:26 am

Matt honey, I have been really sick but I don't see the connection could be fog brain.

rons Thanks America
03/21/15 9:37 am

He taking lessons from Rota

03/21/15 10:56 am

No ron, I'm not

rbrown Kansas
03/21/15 11:41 am

He's taking lessons from history.

03/21/15 12:02 pm

TQ, historically, jewish people have been the scapegoat for poor wealth distribution in struggling economies. Even the struggling European countries have seen growing antisemitism as their economies fail.

03/21/15 12:05 pm

Greece is arguably in the most financial trouble right now, and the number of people harboring antisemetic beliefs has grown to 69%.

GrandmaALiCE Rocky Mtns aerial view
03/21/15 1:36 pm

Yes to Milk and rbrown.

Did you see MrWolfe's poll? I'm fairly sure that's what inspired Matt's poll.

03/21/15 5:02 pm

To clarify one thing, I've been worried about this phenomenon for a while, and had this question written down a long time ago (I have a prepared list of SOH questions) so it wasn't directly inspired by MrWolfe's poll, but the fact it had to be asked

03/21/15 5:02 pm

Did play a role in asking it when I did

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
03/21/15 5:30 pm

Ok thanks. I have heard of Luther's writings. His blaming the Jews for whatever misdeeds are going on. I sure should hope people are more educated now days but I doubt it.