For centuries, anti-Semitic propaganda has
demonized the Jew as a conspiratorial, manipulative outsider, often with powers and
designs of world domination. From the Middle Ages through the Holocaust, fabricated
accusations against Jews as poisoners and corrupters have led to horrendous suffering for
the Jewish people.
In more recent years, the anti-Semitic notion that
"the Jews" dominate and command the U.S. Federal Reserve System and in effect
control the worlds money has surfaced across the extremist spectrum. Contemporary
economic anxieties and distrust of government have given new life to this timeworn myth.
The world of finance is an area of complexity, if not
mystery, to most Americans, and confusions can easily be manipulated and suspicions
aroused. The bigots rationale is often conveyed in inflated images of intricate,
stealthy "conspiracies." For example, under the headline "The jews [sic]
have a Plan," the Idaho-based Nazi-like group Aryan Nations has reported finding
significance in the fact that the Federal Reserve System and the Anti-Defamation League
were founded in the same year 1913. Another "specialist" in anti-Semitic
conspiracy fantasies, Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam, recently expounded
and embellished the same "historical" point.
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