Laurence Gronlund (1846 - 1899) was born, raised and educated in Denmark, moving to America in 1867, where he first taught German, but soon became a lawyer. He was also a socialist who wrote many books and newspaper articles pushing the theory. He wasn't a Jew.The extract below is taken from his 1884 book The Co-operative Commonwealth in its Outlines, An Exposition of Modern Socialism. Gronlund is clearly referring to Karl Marx's article On the Jewish Question here, in which Marx postulates that Jewish business practices, Jewish self-exclusion and antisemitism were all indelibly linked.Our era maybe called the Jewish Age, The Jews have, indeed, had a remarkable influence on our civilization. Long ago they infused in our race the idea of one God, and now they have made our whole race worship a new true God : The Golden Calf; but, again, it is Jews—such noble Jews as Karl Marx and Lassalle— who have sounded the alarm for the most determined battle against this very Jewism. "Jewism," to our mind, best expresses that special curse of our age. Speculation the transfer of wealth from others to themselves by chicanery without giving an equivalent.If there is one species of gambling more despicable than another, it is gambling in grain. The sales of grain on our Produce-Exchanges are merely gambling transactions Cliques of the wealthiest men in Chicago, Milwaukee and New York, having behind them banks and other moneyed corporations, make enormous combinations of capital to "corner" the market, locking up millions of bushels of wheat, and maintain famine-prices in the midst of plenty. Their profits are enormous.
Saturday, 9 June 2012
1884: "Jewism" aka unscrupulous business practices
Gronlund, Laurence. The Co-operative Commonwealth in its Outlines, An Exposition of Modern Socialism. New York: Boston, Lee & Shepard. 1884. p.50
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