Thursday, August 6, 2009

Jews As Overseas Chinese …

… and Kikuyu, Yoruba, Parsis, Lebanese, and Indian Gujaratis as well. That’s what George Gilder writes in The American (Monday, July 27) here .

Gilder mentions Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institution who reports that in Indonesia the Chinese were 5 percent of the population, but they controlled 70 percent of private domestic capital and ran three-quarters of the nation’s top 200 businesses. These “middlemen minorities”, "their wealth inexplicable, their superiority intolerable”, typically arouse hatred from competing intellectuals. Yes, you correctly read it: intellectuals, not low brow, ordinary blue collar people, and social rivals, feeling threatened.

A great, enjoyably politically incorrect article, and a must read.

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