The Mishnah and Jewish Dirigisme
The International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 23, No. 2, 1996
10 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 27, 2011
It is a commonplace that Jews are for the most part to be found on the left side of the political economic spectrum. According to the old saw, “Jews have income of Episcopalians, but vote like Puerto Ricans”. This group of people, comprising only some 2 per cent of the US population, and far less than that over the entire globe, nevertheless has given us Freud and Marx, and a host of other denizens of coercive socialism. True, some of the most able advocates of free enterprise also spring from this sector of the population, but compared to the sheer numbers on the other side, the latter must be considered relatively few and far between.
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