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Top: Jewish References &Documents: Gentiles SpeakingAbout Jews: Henry Ford: THEINTERNATIONAL JEW IN ITS ENTIREITY: Chapter 13 - "The World's Foremost Problem"

"The World's Foremost Problem"

From Henry Ford's Book, TheInternational Jew

Anyone who essays to discuss the Jewish Question in the United Statesor anywhere else must be fully prepared to be regarded as "anti-Semite,"a "Jew-baiter." Nor need encouragement be looked for from politicians,people or Press. The people who are awake to the subject at all prefer towait and see how it all turns out. There is a vague feeling that to usethe word "Jew" openly, or to expose it nakedly in print, is somehowimproper. Polite evasions like "Hebrew" and "Semite"(both of which are subject to the criticism of inaccuracy) are timidly assayed,and people pick their way gingerly as if the whole subject were forbidden,until some courageous thinker comes along with the word "Jew,"and then the constraint is relieved and the air cleared.

The word "Jew" is not an epithet; it is a name, ancient anddescriptive, with a significance for every period of human history, past,present and to come.

The chief difficulty in writing about the Jewish Question is the super-sensitivenessof Jews and non-Jews concerning the whole matter. There is probably nota newspaper in America, and certainly none of the advertising mediums whichare called magazines, which would have the temerity even to breathe seriouslythe fact that such a Question exists. The Press in general is open to fulsomeeditorials in favor of everything Jewish, while the Jewish Press, whichis numerous in the United States, takes care of the vituperative end.

The idea seems to be fixed in the Jew by inheritance that any publicdiscussion of the Jewish Question is organized and inspired by a Jew-hater.That idea is sought to be fixed in the Gentile by propaganda; that any writingwhich does not simply cloy and drip sirrupy sweetness towards things Jewishis born of prejudice and hatred. It is, therefore, 'full of lies, insult,insinuation, and constitutes an instigation to massacre." These termscan be found in current Jewish editorials.

What Is "Anti-Semitism"?

Anti-Semitism is a term which is bandied about too loosely. If it continuesto be used indiscriminately and vituperatively about all who attempt todiscuss Jewish characteristics and Jewish world-power, it will, in time,arrive at the estate of respectability and honor. It may be a useful clearingof the ground to define what anti-Semitism is not.

1. It is not a recognition of the Jewish Question. If it were, then itcould be set down that the bulk of the American people are destined to becomeanti-Semites, for they are beginning to recognize the existence of a JewishQuestion and will steadily do so in increasing numbers as the Question isforced on them from the various practical angles of their lives. The Questionis here. We may be honestly blind to it. We may be timidly silent aboutit. We may even make dishonest denial of it. But it is here and in timeall will have to recognize it. In time the polite "hush, hush,"of over-sensitive or intimidated circles will not be powerful enough tosuppress it.

But to recognize that Question will not mean that we have gone over toa national campaign of hatred and enmity against the Jews. It will onlymean that a stream of tendency which has been flowing through our civilizationhas at last accumulated bulk and power enough to challenge attention, tocall for some decision with regard to it, to call for the adoption of apolicy which will not repeat the mistakes of the past and yet forestallany possible menace of the future.

2. The public discussion of the Jewish Question is not "anti-Semitism."Publicity is sanitary. But the kind of publicity given to certain aspectsof the Jewish Question in this country has been very misleading. It hasbeen discussed more fully in the Jewish Press than elsewhere, but not withcandor or breadth of vision. The two dominant notes - sounded over and overagain with monotonous regularity - are Gentile unfairness and Christianprejudice. It is fortunate for the Jews generally that the Jewish Pressdoes not circulate very widely among Gentiles, for it is probably the oneestablished agency in the United States which, without altering its programin the least, could stir up anti-Jewish sentiment by the very simple expedientof a general reading among non-Jews. Jewish writers writing for Jewish readerspresent unusual material for the study of race consciousness and its accompanimentof contempt for other races.

On the side of the daily Press, there has been no serious discussionat all. When it mentions the Jews, it has stock complimentary phrases forthe purpose. The publicity given to the Question in this country consistsin misrepresentative criticism of the Gentiles by the Jewish Press, andmisrepresentative praise of the Jews by the non-Jewish Press. An independenteffort to give constructive publicity cannot, therefore, be laid to anti-Semitism,even when some of the statements which are made in the course of it arouseresentment of Jewish readers.

3. Nor is it anti-Semitism to say that the suspicion is abroad in everycapital of civilization, and the certainty is firmly held by a number ofimportant men, that there is active in the world a plan to control the world,not by territorial acquisition, not by military aggression, not by governmentalsubjection, not even by economic control in the scientific sense, but bycontrol of the machinery of commerce and exchange. It is not anti-Semitismto say that, nor to present the evidence which supports that, nor to bringthe proof of that. Those who could best disprove it, if it were not true,are the International Jews themselves, but they have not disproved it.

Why Discuss The Jewish Question?

Because it is here, and because its emergence into public thought shouldcontribute to its solution, and not to a continuance of those bad conditionswhich surround the Question in almost every country. The Jewish Questionhas existed in the United States for a very long time. Jews themselves haveknown it, even if Gentiles have not. There have been periods in our owncountry when it has broken forth with a sullen sort of strength which presageddark things to come. Many signs portend that it is approaching an acutestage.

Not only does the Jewish Question touch those matters that are commonknowledge, such as finance and commercial control, usurpation of politicalpower, monopoly of necessities, and autocratic direction of the very newsthat the American people read; but it reaches into cultural regions andso touches the very heart of American life. The Question reaches down toSouth America and threatens to become an important factor in Pan-Americanrelations. It is interwoven with much of the menace of organized and calculateddisorder which troubles the nations today. It is not of recent growth, butits roots go deep, and the long Past of the Problem is counterbalanced byprophetic hopes and programs which involve a very deliberate and creativeview of the future.

The Answer - Too Much Power! !

Their heritage of tolerance has something to do with the extreme nervousnessabout public discussion of the Jewish Question on the part of many Gentiles,but perhaps their instinctive sense of the difficulty involved has moreto do with it. The Gentile attitude is best expressed by the desire forsilence - "Why discuss it at all?" Such an attitude is itselfproof that here is a Problem we would evade if we could. Why discuss itat all? - the keen thinker clearly sees in the implications of such a question,the existence of a Problem whose discussion or suppression will not alwaysbe within the choice of easy-going minds.

Wherever you read of the Jewish Question being resolutely approachedin the history of countries which have ever tackled it, wherever you goin the world today, in any country where the Jewish Question has come tothe forefront as a vital issue, you will discover that the principal causeis the outworking of the Jewish genius to achieve the power of control.Here in the United States is the fact of this remarkable minority attainingin 50 years a degree of control that would be impossible to a ten timeslarger group of any other race. That creates the Jewish Question here.

No similar minority of any people would occasion comment, because wewould not meet with a representative of them wherever we went in high places- in the innermost secrecy of the councils of the Big Four at Versailles;in the United States Supreme Court; in the councils of the White House;in the vast dispositions of world finance - wherever there is power to getor use. We meet the Jew everywhere in the upper circles, literally everywherewhere there is power. And that is where the Jewish question begins - invery simple terms - How does the Jew so habitually and so resistlessly gravitateto the highest places? Who puts him there? Why is he put there? What doeshe do there? What does the fact of his being there mean to the worlds thatis the Jewish Question in its origin. From these points it goes on to others,and whether the trend becomes pro-Jewish or anti-Semitic depends on theamount of prejudice brought to the inquiry, and whether it becomes pro-Humanitydepends on the amount of insight and intelligence.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The original was published in June, 1920. The commentis even more applicable to the present United Nations setup; a more formidableorganization because of its greater power through American membership.

The use of the word Humanity in connection with the word "Jew"usually throws a side meaning which may not be intended. In this connectionit is usually understood that humanity ought to be shown toward the Jew.There is just as great an obligation upon the Jew to show hum humanity towardthe whole human race.

The Jew has been too long accustomed to think himself as exclusivelythe claimant on the humanitarianism of society; society has a large claimagainst him that he cease his exclusiveness, that he cease exploiting theworld, that he cease making Jewish groups the end and all of his gains,and that he begins to fulfill, in a sense his exclusiveness has never yetenabled him to fulfill, the ancient prophecy he boasts that through himall the nations of the earth should be blessed.

The Jew cannot go on forever fulfilling the role of suppliant for theworld's humanitarianism, he must himself show that quality to a societywhich seriously suspects his higher and more powerful groups of exploitingit with a pitiless rapacity, which in its wide-flung and long-drawn-outdistress may be described as an economic pogrom against a rather helplesshumanity.

Why the "International Jew" ?

There has been used in this series the term "International Jew."It is susceptible of two interpretations; one, the Jew wherever he may be;the other, the Jew who exercises international control.

The real contention of the world is with the latter and his satellites,whether Jew or Gentile. This International type of Jew, this grasper afterworld-control, this actual possessor and wielder of world-control is a veryunfortunate connection for his race to have. And the significance of thisis that this type does not grow anywhere else than on a Jewish stem. Thereis no other racial or national type which puts forth this kind of person.

It is not merely that there are a few Jews among international financialcontrollers; it is that these world-controllers are exclusively Jews. Sinceworld-control is an ambition which has only been achieved by Jews, and notby any of the methods usually adopted by would-be world-conquerors, it becomesinevitable that the question should center in that race.

It is not the point to insist that in any list of rich men there areoften more Gentiles than Jews; we are not talking about merely rich menwho have, many of them, gained their riches by serving a System, we aretalking about those who control - and it is perfectly apparent that merelyto be rich is not to control. The world-controlling Jew has riches, buthe also has something much more powerful than that.

The International Jew rules not because he is rich, but because in amost marked degree he possesses the commercial and masterful genius of hisrace, and avails himself of a racial loyalty and solidarity the like ofwhich exists in no other human group. He rules, at the top of affairs inevery country worth while, by virtue of certain qualities which are inherentin the Jewish nature. Every Jew has these qualities even if not in the supremesense, just as every Englishman has Shakespeare's tongue but not in Shakespeare'sdegree. And thus it is impracticable, if not impossible, to consider theInternational Jew without laying the foundations broadly upon Jewish characterand psychology.

We may discount at once the too common accusation that this greater formof Jewish success is built upon dishonesty. It is impossible to indict thewhole Jewish people or any other on a wholesale charge. No one knows betterthan the Jew how widespread is the belief that Jewish methods of businessare all unscrupulous. There is no doubt a possibility of a great deal ofunscrupulousness existing without actual legal dishonesty, but it is altogetherpossible that the reputation the Jewish people have long borne in this respectmay have had other sources than actual and persistent dishonesty. To indicateone of these possible sources: The Jew at trade is naturally quicker thanmost other men. It is said that there are other races which are as nimbleat a trade as is the Jew, but the Jew does not live much among them. Now,it is human nature for the man with slower, easy-going traditions to believethat the quicker man is too deft by far, and to become suspicious of hisdeftness. The slower mind is likely to conceive that the man who sees somany legitimate twists and turns to a trade, may also see and use a convenientnumber of illegitimate twists and turns. The Jews, as the records show forcenturies, were a keen people in trade. The nimble eagerness of the Jewfor trade bustled into the midst of trade traditions, he broke them allwherever he went. He went after trade, the old leisurely tradition was tomake trade come to the trader. Everyone suspects the "sharp" felloweven though his sharpness may be entirely honest. A man who would breaktrade traditions would stop at nothing ! The Jew was anxious to sell. Ifhe could not sell one article to a customer, he had another on hand to offerhim. The old tradition was that it was strictly unethical and unbusiness-liketo handle more than one line of goods, or to deal in more than one "trade";that it was contemptible and underhand to go out and get a brother tradesman'scustomers away from him. It is as easy as child's play to connect this energywith dishonesty. The Jew went after trade, pursued it, persuaded it. Hewas the originator of "quick turnover and quick profit." He originatedthe installment plan. The Jew's shops became bazaars, forerunners of ourmodern department stores, and the old custom of one shop for one line ofgoods was broken up .... the Jew was not playing the game, the staid old-fashionedmerchant thought. As a matter of fact he was playing the game, the gameto get it all into his own hands - which he has practically done.

The Jew has shown that same ability ever since his entry into trade inthe various countries he has established himself down the centuries. Hispower of analyzing the money currents amounts to an instinct. His establishmentin one country represented another base from which the members of his racecould operate. Whether by the natural outworkings of innate gifts or thedeliberate plan of race unity and loyalty, all the Jewish trading communitiesand relations, and as these trading communities increased in wealth, prestigeand power, as they formed relations with governments and great interestin the countries where they operated, they simply put more power into thecentral community wherever it might be located, now in Spain, now in Holland,now in England.

Whether by intention or not, they became more closely allied than thebranches of one business could be, because of the cement of racial unity;the bond of racial brotherhood cannot in the very nature of things existamong the s Gentiles as it exists among the Jews.

Gentiles never think of themselves as Gentiles, and never feel that theyowe anything to another Gentile gas such; wherein lies their vulnerability.Thus they have been convenient agents of Jewish schemes at times and inplaces when it was not expedient that the Jewish controllers should be publiclyknown; but they have never been successful competitors of the Jew in thefield of world-control.

From these separated Jewish communities went power to the central communitywhere the master bankers and the master analysts of conditions lived. Andback from the central community flowed information of an invaluable characterand assistance wherever needed. It is not difficult to understand how, insuch conditions, the nation that did not deal kindly with the Jews was madeto suffer, and the nation that yielded to them their fullest desire wasfavored by them. They have made many nations feel the power of their displeasureand this system exists in greater power today. The coordination of Jewishactivity has been a harmful thing for the world. This is the element whichis bringing the Jewish Question to the bar of public opinion. May the InternationalJew go on as he has gone, or does his duty to the world require anotheruse of his success?

Power Follows The International Jew

It is an important fact to be noted in connection with the "persecution"and consequent wanderings of the Jews about Europe that wherever they wanderedthe center of business seemed to go with them!

When the Jews were free in Spain, there was the world's gold center.When Spain drove out the Jews, Spain lost her financial leadership and hasnever regained it.

Students of the economic history of Europe have always been puzzled todiscover why the center of trade should have shifted from Spain, Portugaland Italy, up to the northern countries of Holland, Germany and EnglandThey have sought for the cause in many things, but none seemed to be completelyexplanatory. When it is shown that the change was coincident with the expulsionof the Jews from the South and their flight to the North, when it is knownthat upon the Jews' arrival the northern countries began a commercial lifewhich has flourished to our day, the explanation does not seem difficult.Time and again it has been proved to be the fact that when the Jews wereforced to move, the center of the world's precious metals moved with them.

It is also to be noted that the era of greatest national spiritual cultureis shown during the period when the Jews were expelled from England andSpain. These two great countries have given much to the world, the bestof it they gave during their freedom from contact with Jewish ideas.

"When America Awakes!"

It is clearly proved that in the world today there is a central forcewhich is playing a vast and closely organized game, with the world as itstable and universal control for its stakes. Civilized people have long agolost confidence in the argument that "economic conditions" areresponsible for all the changes that occur. Under the camouflage of "economiclaw" a great many phenomena have been accounted for which were notdue to any "law" whatever, except the law of the selfish humanwill as operated by the men who have the purpose and the power to use thenation as their vassals.

"Economic" reason no longer explains the condition in whichthe world finds itself today. Neither does the ordinary explanation of "theheartlessness of Capital." "Capital" has endeavored as neverbefore to meet the demands of "Labor," and labor has gone to extremesin leading capital to new concessions - but what has it advantaged eitherof them?" Labor" has heretofore thought that "Capital"was the sky over it, and it made the sky yield. But behold, there was yetanother higher sky which neither capital nor labor had seen in their struggleswith one another. That sky is so far unyielding.

There is a super-capitalism which is supported wholly by the fictionthat gold is wealth. There is a super-government which is allied to no government,which is free from them all, and yet which has its hands in them all. Thereis a race, a part of humanity, which has never yet been received as a welcomepart, and which has succeeded in raising itself to a power that the proudestGentile race has never claimed.

The "labor question," the wage question, the land question,cannot be settled, no question that confronts the peoples of the world canbe settled, until first of all this matter of an international super-capitalisticgovernment is settled.

"To the victor belongs the spoils" is an old saying. In a senseit is true that if all this power of control has been gained and held bya few men of a long-despised race, then either they are super-men whom itis powerless to resist or they are ordinary men whom the rest of the worldhas permitted to obtain an undue and unsafe degree of power Unless the Jewsare super-men, the Gentiles will have themselves to blame for what has transpired,and they can look for rectification in a new scrutiny of the situation anda candid examination of the experiences of other countries When tracingall the anti-social and colossally harmful methods of world-control to theirsource, it is found that the responsible parties all have a common characteristic.Is it any wonder that the warning which comes across, the sea - "Waituntil America becomes awoke to the Jew!" has a new meaning?


"In this divergence between the Gentiles and ourselves in abilityto think and reason is to be seen clearly the seal of our election as thechosen people, as higher human beings, in contrast with the Gentiles whohave merely instinctive and animal minds. They observe, but they do notforesee, and they invent nothing (except perhaps material things). It isclear from this that nature herself predestined us to rule and guide theworld."

- The Fourteenth Protocol.

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