Mark Twain On The Jews

A great article. The anti-Semites love this stuff, but I don’t consider this to be anti-Semitism. Truth ought to be a defense against anti-Semitism. I also doubt if Twain was an anti-Semite. He doesn’t come across as one here. He’s just telling it like it is. This article doesn’t even seem hateful. It has a strange, disembodied, scientist-like objective distance about it, as if he were an alien writing a report on a new planet’s culture to his superiors. From The Rebel, an anti-Semitic site which like many such sites also often has a lot of good stuff, including much material that is not anti-Semitic at all. Mark Twain’s true opinion of the Jews is probably the best kept secret in American literary history. Immediately after his death, his eccentric daughter Clara married a Jewish piano player, Otto Gabrilowitsch. Twain’s publishers were given speedy instructions to delete Concerning the Jews from the collected works, where it had appeared in the book The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories. The following is taken from Harper’s Monthly Magazine, September 1899, as quoted in William Grimstad’s Anti-Zion.

Concerning The Jews

by Mark Twain

Can fanaticism alone account for the persecution of the Jews? It is now my conviction that it is responsible for hardly any of it. In this connection I call to mind Genesis, Chapter 47. We have all read the story of the years of plenty and the years of famine in Egypt, and how Joseph with that opportunity made a corner in broken hearts and the crusts of the poor and human liberty—a corner whereby he took away the nation’s money to the last penny; took a nation’s livestock all away to the last hoof; took a nation’s land all away to the last acre. Then he took the nation itself, buying it for bread, man by man, woman by woman, child by child, till all were slaves; a corner which took everything, leaving nothing, a corner so stupendous that by comparison with it, the most gigantic corners in subsequent history are but baby things; for it dealt in hundreds of millions of bushels, and its profits were reckoned by the hundreds of millions of dollars. It was a disaster so crushing that its effects have not wholly disappeared from Egypt even today, more than 3,000 years after the event. Was Joseph establishing a character for his race which survived long in Egypt, and in time would his name be familiarly used to express that character – like Shylock’s? It was hardly to be doubted. Let us remember that this was centuries before the Crucifixion. In the U. S. cotton states, after the war, the Jew came down in force, set up shop on the plantation, supplied all the Negroes’ wants on credit, and at the end of the season was the proprietor of the Negro’s share of the present crop and part of the next one. Before long the Whites detested the Jew. The Jew is being legislated out of Russia. The reason is not concealed. The movement was instituted because the Christian peasant stood no chance against his commercial abilities. The Jew was always ready to lend on a crop. When settlement day came, he owned the crop, and the next year he owned the farm, like Joseph. In the England of John’s time everybody got into debt to the Jew. He gathered all lucrative enterprises into his hands. He was the King of Commerce. He had to be banished from the realm. For like reasons, Spain had to banish him 400 years ago and Austria a couple of centuries later. In all ages, Christian Europe has been obliged to curtail his activities. If he entered upon a trade, the Christian had to retire from it. If he set up as a doctor, he took the business. If he exploited agriculture, the other farmers had to get at something else. The law had to step in to save the Christian from the poorhouse. Still, almost bereft of employments, he found ways to make money. Even to get rich. This history has a most sordid and practical look. Religious prejudices may account for one part of it but not for the other nine. Protestants have persecuted Catholics – but they did not take their livelihoods from them. Catholics have persecuted Protestants – but they never closed agriculture and the handicrafts against them. I feel convinced that the Crucifixion has not much to do with the world’s attitude toward the Jew; the reasons for it are much older than that event… I am convinced that the persecution of the Jew is not in any large degree due to religious prejudice. No, the Jew is a money-getter. He has made it the end and aim of his life. He was at it in Rome. He has been at it ever since. His success has made the whole human race his enemy. You will say that the Jew is everywhere numerically feeble. When I read in the Encyclopedia Britannica that the Jewish population of the United States was 250,000, I wrote to the editor and explained to him that his figures were without doubt a misprint for 25,000,000. People told me that they had reason to suspect that for business reasons, many Jews did not report themselves as Jews. It looks plausible. I am strongly of the opinion that we have an immense Jewish population in America. I am assured by men competent to speak that the Jews are exceedingly active in politics…

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42 thoughts on “Mark Twain On The Jews”

  1. hateful? Yes, good old jews – everybody’s pal, light unto the nations with their message of kindness to strangers. Yet everywhere they’ve gone throughout history, EVERYONE has described them as a cult whose trade and religion is cheating others out of their hard-earneds. The only way to stamp this out is to exterminate or enslave the rest of the human race.

  2. The astonishment and dismay that people exhibit over the behavior of Jews continues to mystify me.
    People seem to believe that there might have been a world in which no group of people acted the way Jews act.

  3. Twain of course makes some very good observations: but the real question is…could the Jews survive alone in their own nation(s) without latching on to other peoples and nations like a bunch of bloodsucking vamps? History indicates that no, the Jews would not thrive or even survive if they didn’t have non-Jews to leech off of.
    TWAIN:”The Jew is being legislated out of Russia. The reason is not concealed. The movement was instituted because the Christian peasant stood no chance against his commercial abilities.”
    It’s little known that in the former Pale of Settlement in Russia where the Jews were legally restricted from ripping off ‘dumb’ Slavic peasants and farmers, millions of them were horribly poor; many Jews in the Pale were bums, beggars, thieves, gamblers, cheats, criminals, pimps, black marketers, alcohol peddlers/drug dealers, and so on.
    This demonstrates that when Jews are forced to live amongst themselves and are not allowed to interfere with the natural organic economic development of non-Jewish peoples and nations, they fail miserably because without a suitable host all parasites die.

  4. TWAIN:”You will say that the Jew is everywhere numerically feeble. When I read in the Encyclopedia Britannica that the Jewish population of the United States was 250,000, I wrote to the editor and explained to him that his figures were without doubt a misprint for 25,000,000. … I am strongly of the opinion that we have an immense Jewish population in America.”
    Twain was correct back in his time (late 1800s-early 1900s) that the number of Jews living in the USA/Canada was (and still is) a whole lot larger than the ‘official’ numbers report.
    Considering that many (unknown) millions of Jews immigrated to the USA between about 1880-1925, and also between 1933-1948, are we to think that the general Jewish-American population has only doubled since that time when nearly all other groups have at least tripled or quadrupled their numbers? Nonsense!
    Many Americans have at least partial Jewish ancestry (maybe 1-2 Jewish great-grandparents or grandparents), and some don’t even know about it. Also, the number of people in the USA with partial Jewish ancestry can be seen by the fact that the average stature of Whites in the USA has been slowly decreasing in the past few decades (likely because Jews are shorter), and also by the increased incidence of overweight/obese people in America (Jews are fatter and more prone to obesity than average). Many of the Jews who immigrated to North America were eager to assimilate because they found a lot more acceptance here than the Eastern European hovels they had fled. They were also generally seen as fellow “Whites” in the USA (even though Jews aren’t White in the sense that they are Northern/Northwestern Europeans) since the main racial divide was in the USA has always been between Whites and Blacks, and also Asian ‘Yellows’ to some extent. Also, the good mercantile abilities of Jews were generally appreciated and respected in the always money-grubbing and rapidly industrializing USA compared to other White nations where Jews were often resented for those same abilities.
    Jews have actually assimilated quite a lot in an ethnic sense with Anglo-Saxons in the USA/Canada and England, so perhaps there is something to say for the idea that if you want to “get rid of the Jews” you shouldn’t overtly persecute them but rather seek to intermarry with them so that they’ll just eventually blend in with the general population in due time like they have done in many Anglo-Saxon nations…in other words, if you want to get rid of Jews your nation the society should try to “love them to death” and in a few generations they’ll just intermarry and interbreed with everyone else. One hyperethnocentric Jew once called accepting assimilationist America the “strongest solvent” against Jewish ethnocentrism and ethnic separateness in all of Jewish history.
    Speaking of the similarities between Anglo-Saxons (especially the English) and Jews, Otto Weininger wrote in his book SEX AND CHARACTER that:

    It would be easy to understand why the family (in its biological not its legal sense) plays a larger role amongst the Jews than amongst any other people; the English, who in certain ways are akin to the Jews, coming next. … I may now touch upon the likeness of the English to the Jews, a topic discussed at length by Wagner. It cannot be doubted that of the Germanic races the English are in closest relationship with the Jews. Their orthodoxy and their devotion to the Sabbath afford a direct indication. The religion of the Englishman is always tinged with hypocrisy, and his asceticism is largely prudery. The English, like women, have been most unproductive in religion and in music; there may be irreligious poets, although not great artists, but there is no irreligious musician. So, also, the English have produced no great architects or philosophers. Berkely, like Swift and Sterne, were Irish; Carlyle, Hamilton, and Burns were Scotch. Shakespeare and Shelley, the two greatest Englishmen, stand far from the pinnacle of humanity; they do not reach so far as Angelo and Beethoven. If we consider English philosophers we shall see that there has been a great degeneration since the Middle Ages. It began with William of Ockham and Duns Scotus; it proceeded through Roger Bacon and his namesake, the Chancellor; through Hobbes, who, mentally, was so near akin to Spinoza; through the superficial Locke to Hartley, Priestley, Bentham, the two Mills, Lewes, Huxley, and Spencer. These are the greatest names in the history of English philosophy, for Adam Smith and David Hume were Scotchmen. It must always be remembered against England, that from her there came the soulless psychology. The Englishman has impressed himself on the German as a rigorous empiricist and as a practical politician, but these two sides exhaust his importance in philosophy. There has never yet been a true philosopher who made empiricism his basis, and no Englishman has got beyond empiricism without external help.
    None the less, the Englishman must not be confused with the Jew. There is more of the transcendental element in him, and his mind is directed rather from the transcendental to the practical, than from the practical towards the transcendental. Otherwise he would not be so readily disposed to humour, unlike the Jew, who is ready to be witty only at his own expense or on sexual things. . . . –

    1. WP: “They were also generally seen as fellow “Whites” in the USA (even though Jews aren’t White in the sense that they are Northern/Northwestern Europeans”
      There is no such definition of “white”, WP and you know it. White can mean “European” or “Caucasoid” (basically Europeans plus Middle Easterners and North Africans) or “light skinned people” (Euros, light ME’s and light E. Asians)but not “Northern European”. The term is never used that way by rational non-racist people. When ever someone tries to push the idea that “white” means “Northern European” it’s a red flag that the person is either racist, irrational or ignorant.

  5. WP- Your comments make no logical sense. You think the Jew intermarrying is the solution to destroying them, but according to your thesis, the Jews’ actions are purposeful and highly manipulative. Thus, Jews intermarriages are likely a plot to infiltrate further into white, European Christendom in order to convert more innocent caucasian christians into blood sucking vampires Jews.

      No Jew cares if his daughter marries a mega-rich German-American like Donald Trump.
      But Asians and Jewish-Americans know (Though hide) their knowledge that on average they own 10 IQ points-maybe 15-on vanilla whites in the Bible Belt.
      It’s like you wanting your bright Irish daughter to marry a negro with an IQ of 90. He’s going to make bad decisions in his life or perhaps never make a good one. He’s going to probably struggle to remain employed. He’s going to lose his temper and wave his gun at another driver and do some jail time. Your daughter is going to have to seek welfare, Aid To Dependent Children, Section 8….
      But the White Nationalists who want Jews to “assimilate” are a bunch of GED or High School Diploma holding assholes from depressed regions of the country who lack any money, power or great intellectual ability.
      Would you WANT YOUR DAUGHTER to marry some unemployed Bronx Beastie Boy or SON to marry some Amy Winehouse crack whore working “Hunt’s Point” (NYC docks where Jewish street whores work)?
      This is the closest equivalent to the White Nationals in the Flyover States who are marginally employed, own property in some town like Flint on the economic decline and basically offer nothing.

        1. German-American, but out of the United States for 18 years. I grew up near Detroit and lived for a short time in Arizona.
          Jews seem to be better-off than non-Jews for the most part so if I had to be a Jew, a Mexican, Anglo or Black in LA I would want to be a Jew for materialistic reasons.

      1. But the White Nationalists who want Jews to “assimilate” are a bunch of GED or High School Diploma holding assholes from depressed regions of the country who lack any money, power or great intellectual ability.

        So basically you’re saying – WNs are niggers themselves. In other words,, no better off than the people they hate, IQ wise etc..

        1. JASON Y
          I do not know how you use the N word in this context. Whites in the Red States of the Bible Belt are marginalized, poorer, less well-educated, less traveled and just don’t know donkey shit about much of anything.
          Blacks in urban populations, if anything, are more street smart than these “White Nationals”. They have an underground economy, are a true adversary of the police, some become wealthy entrepreneurs.
          White Nationals from the rural dirt roads and two-lane small cities and exurbs are really just “dickless”. Impotent. Uneducated but not street-wise.

        2. The net hasn’t broadened their horizons, though, I can see what you mean?
          I think there is a general hostility to other cultures so they don’t really want to know anything about other cultures. On the other hand, you and me, are willing to travel and see other cultures.

        3. Possibly the hostility to other cultures is cause they think their culture is superior, hence, why would they want to learn from an inferior one? For instance, with all the n word bashing, I’m sure they have no desire to go to Africa, befriend African people or learn about Africa.

        4. When I was in high school, compassion and intelligence were not respected. People only wanted to see brute power or wanted to laugh at something. OK, what kind of society is this?
          Note, at university later, it was much the same with many students, even though the professors were these sensitive types. The sensitive students are often targeted as wusses and mocked etc..

        5. Intelligence might be respected, but only the Mr. Spock kind, unemotional. However, intelligence that leads to empathy for other races or empathy for anything, for that matter, gets you labeled a wuss.

      2. It’s like you wanting your bright Irish daughter to marry a negro with an IQ of 90. He’s going to make bad decisions in his life or perhaps never make a good one. He’s going to probably struggle to remain employed. He’s going to lose his temper and wave his gun at another driver and do some jail time. Your daughter is going to have to seek welfare, Aid To Dependent Children, Section 8….

        So there are plenty of whites in the same boat, and ironically, those whites hate blacks.

      3. East Asians and jews being racial nationalists with a superiority complex is admirable. Whites even hinting at looking out for their own interests are an outrage, unintelligent and totally unacceptable. Anti-White hypocrisy 101.

        1. Nobody is jumping up and down on Irish-Catholics or Italians in Newark flying their flags.
          Nor do Italians care, or for that matter Iranians in LA, if they are portrayed as mobsters or terrorists. Only Anglo-Saxons watch ROOTS and feel remorse or ashamed of being white. Italians smirk at Al Pacino or James Gandolphini’s fiends. They don’t give a shit.
          NAM frontal-lobe cortex functions are so limited that they do not really care if they are held in contempt for smoking crack or being criminals or rapists-they feel no shame and no regard for their self-image.
          Neither does the Korean who sells 40 oz to 12 year old kids in the black LA ghetto. Blacks, Asian-Americans, Italians, Jews, Hispanics understand that it is a dog-eat-dog world.
          It is only the Anglo in his exurb or his small Midwestern city who is so lacking in cynicism or objectivity who has never traveled anywhere and has no perspective that watches ROOTS or 20 YEARS A SLAVE and is overcome with self-hate.
          If Jews pulled this off on Americans and I am not sure for what particular purpose it benefits Amy the Hunt’s Point crack whore in the Bronx, they succeeded.
          Since Jews, Asian-Americans have such little demographic power in Kansas or Missouri or West Virginia I cannot imagine who is preventing whites from looking out for their own interests.

        2. Hotdog,
          I understand what you’re saying. I think the “unfairness” is more about majority populace than anti-whites, because the same thing is happening in China. As a matter of fact, it’s encouraged by the State.
          Minority ethic groups here are quite proud of their heritage, with no supremacy BS of course.
          I think it’s a govt strategy to keep a harmonious racial relations. Minorities are naturally on the weak side of society, so the govt puff them up a bit to void them being discriminated. Just anti-majority, I believe.

        3. YEE
          Africans seem to offend them a bit but they do not care about some white guy with a chubby plain-looking Chinese wife like me and two kids in a supermarket. I live in a rural village half the year and the other half in Bangkok Chinatown and Chinese do not care at all about white minorities.
          Now they did rearrange things in Macau so the Portuguese had to answer to Beijing but this is logical, colonial days are over.
          Have to say China has taken a dim view of Eastern Turkmenistan’s Uighur colony.

        4. A few youths smirked at me because my wife is now 30 pounds overweight since our children were born 10 years ago. Other than that no Chinese person has ever expressed any concern about me on Chinese soil or in Chinatown.
          Apart from hearing some chuckles at a portly white man and his fat Chinese wife and their kids from behind me, nobody has expressed any interest.
          Minorities have always been in China. Portuguese, Jews who got their from who knows where during the Silk Route, Muslims, lately Africans who seem to irritate people a bit more.

        5. “I think it’s a govt strategy to keep a harmonious racial relations. Minorities are naturally on the weak side of society, so the govt puff them up a bit to void them being discriminated. Just anti-majority, I believe.”
          Well it becomes a problem when other groups on the weak side of society are deprived of any identity, which happened here.
          But you are correct. The only response to this argument I’ve ever heard from the alt-right is “ur autistic”

  6. TRASH on JEWS
    White proles from the Great Flyover stretching from West Virginia to Arizona had been disintegrating socially since perhaps the 80’s. Divorce, economic decline, poor educational standards, unable travel. Crack and then meth went around. Out-of-wedlock marriage rose. Etc.
    I remember how stupid these people seemed in Phoenix in the late 90’s in their late teens and early twenties. Untraveled, raised on three square meals but without much family support or discipline, aimless, already then imitating black thugs and fashions, many into crack or meth.
    White Anglo-Saxons in other countries are much more aware and internationally orientated. But White proles just seem dumber than pigshit.
    In this time I only knew one Jew well named Beastie Boy who was dumber than pigshit.
    These people would now be approaching 40 or in the early 40’s. That is scary, the stupid f*ckers of yesterday who listened to M&M and did not know jackshit.
    How can they possibly expect to compete with Chinese. They cannot even compete with other white countries. Australians and English and Canadians are much more articulate and seemingly well-educated across-the-board.
    An alcoholic white Bum of mixed Bohemian white and Old Yankee New England stock named George Bush tanked the consumer and credit-driven economy of the 1990’s though possibly that was just the time and place he was in office. Jews had nothing to do with this.
    Jews were against a War in Iraq because they saw through the cheap PR aimed at Red State white proles in the Bible Belt who would believe anything about the Middle East they saw on their television box.
    Poor and working-class Americans then became bomb-fodder in a war Dubai and the oil-rich countries did not give a shit about.
    Nor did they accept its refugees. These had to try and make it to the Mediterranean backwaters of Italy or Greece into some country with a Germanic language like England or Sweden or Holland.
    The alcoholic bum left office in disgrace.
    Jews have weathered this storm because they happen to live mostly in LA or New York.
    America, like any other second-rate country, is now governed completely by geography and those from the rural interior are screwed. No different than the rural poor of China 80 miles inland from Shanghai.
    I personally have avoided this but I have also observed it.

    No I’m a new breed of American who simply left the United States at the age of 25 when other countries were in need of young college graduates and found a way to live where no NAMS live and no rednecks and actually no Jews.
    Where are the shithead crusties in their pantera t-shirts, sluts, Cholos, Beastie Boys (Jews that act black), wiggers of my youth who would now be in their late 30’s or 40’s? These shitheads must be looking at a bleak middle age in place that is not even as good as it was back when I knew them in the late 90’s.
    If you are from Illinois in some suburb I’d tell you that I would not live there through cold winters and the rising tide of Hispanic crime if somebody paid me. White proles are f8ckwits, to use an Australian expression, paid half the wage they deserve to be paid.
    So your standard of living has fallen but you have not traveled to another First World country so you don’t know this and probably were raised up on tales from some grandfather from Ireland or Poland on how harrowing the ancestral homeland was. In point of fact Dubliners have it way better than a Sean Penn type Mick from Bridgepoint or Pilsner.
    An alcoholic bum was elected after Billy and the country just crashed into the shitter while other Australia and UK and Canada surpassed it in terms of wages and living standard.
    Who the hell wants to live their whole life in a 50 mile radius when it is on a decline anyhow. It is all about geography.
    One thing I can sure everyone is that Arabs will not invade Red States in the Bible Belt because Dubai and even Turkey have a higher standard of living.
    I watched a film called Checkpoint and laughed hysterically that some foreign army would want to invade a shitty North Carolina town full of rednecks and homeless people where the only business was a bar and one flyblowj restaurant run by a Negro.
    Hotdog, if you spent a single day of your life overseas off a base you would know right away that the middle-class of other white countries have it much better and work less for better wages and that American just is not worth living in if you can get to Sydney, Australia or even London, UK or NZ or just about anywhere.
    I last set foot on U.S. soil in LA ten years ago and was glad to leave after a week. Surprising how homeless there are now, how ratty and second-rate things look compared to the prosperous 1990’s. I have not lived in Greater Detroit since 1998.

    One of the biggest shitheads I knew in Proleville was a Beastie Boy in Arizona named Zeke. “Beastie Boy” is street slang for a poor Jew who acts black, a wigger basically. New York City gave Jewish people money to level out Bronx slums and many moved to the Southwest in the 60′ and 70’s.
    Zeke was a disgusting-looking cross between Ron Jeremy and Al Pacino with big bugged-out eyes like Tony Montana on coke and greasy hair who would break out into “Rhymes”. He was one of the worst idiots among the prole crusties, sluts, cholos, hippies, rednecks, mulattos etc who lived in this apartment complex I shared with two bachelor pigs in the late 90’s when I was in my early 20’s.
    When I got to Dubai and a higher standard of living I realized how lousy it was.
    American for proles in the Flyover is so awful I wonder where all these people are now, probably worse off in their forties than they were at 23.
    Once you visit Australia or countries with no NAMS (And not many Jews) you would not want to bother returning to the U.S. for a single day of your life.
    It sucks.
    Only you do not know it because you spent your whole life in a radius of 50 or 100 miles.

    1. I’ve lived in a couple different States, just not Illinois. I’m happy where I’m at but my town is set to grow exponentially, which I don’t look forward to. jews I’ve met haven’t impressed me with their intelligence, the elite ones likely became elite more through their tribalism. Flyovers are rather irrelevant, there’s no group of flyover elites today.

      1. “Flyover elites”
        No such thing. Geography is everything. Most whites have no network even if they graduate from university. If the state is an economic state of decline, nothing can change this. There’s no trickle-down like a Puerto Rico street thug has in Manhattan or Hispanic in Miami. Poor people cannot nibble like rats at the garbage of culture like they can in LA.
        Black ghettos, barrios and Chinatowns have underground economies. Drugs, gambling, fencing, stolen car rings, dog fights, sex industry, arms sales.
        But whites from exurbs or cities have no economy legitimate or not legitimate.

    1. More like ignore than tolerate, because not too many interactions with them.
      About half of the Portuguese or mix-bloods left Macau after handover. Emigrated to other countries mostly, not back to Portugal. Among those who stay, some work for govt, a lot in legal field, this is the only field they still dominate. They’re about 5% of the population. Many other new Whites moved in, however. A lot of Filipinos work in hotels too.
      Macau govt is rich. You might want to consider moving there.

      1. YEE
        Chinese born in other countries are surprisingly attached to that birthplace. Thai-Chinese do not want to return to the Yunnan province for the most part. Chinese-Filipinos do not want to return to the Fuji province. Manchurian Chinese in California and Hawaii are satisfied to remain there.
        Also, I own my apartment and a house up North. So I am long resigned to remaining here the rest of my days as my biological children belong to the Thai-Chinese community. Which, I might add, is not in dire poverty. They’ve about as much prospects in Bangkok as America.

  9. YEE
    Then you would know that the Thai-Chinese are really their own entity after a generation or two.
    Mostly they came down from the Yunnan peninsula. Every country with a Chinese community is derived from some different source. Chinese Filipinos are Fuji Chinese. Chinese in Britain and Canada Cantonese. Chinese in America are Manchurian.

    1. 70-80% of all overseas Chinese are Cantonese and Fuji, especially earlier ones. American and Canadian ones are the same, more Cantonese in San Fransico, more Fuji in New York. I don’t know many Manchus went overseas.

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