You sometimes hear people say that Jews control the world and when you consider that they make up only a very small percentage of the world population, Jews really are over-represented in all kinds of prestigious places.
Why is this? Are other races less willing to put themselves forward? I don’t believe so. I think it is the case that some people are good at certain things and others less so and Ashkenazi Jews are, on average, unusually good at things valued in the modern world. They may not be that good at high jump or the visual arts but they are terrific at solving intellectual problems. This probably has a lot to do with their innate intelligence, which shows up on IQ tests (they score highest of any group), but it is also due to their culture of hard work.
So the reason Ashkenazi Jews hold so much power in relation to their numbers is simply because their intelligence and work ethic are valuable in the modern world in a way that more traditional skills, like being able to throw a spear hard and accurately, aren’t. It isn’t that other ethnic groups are being unfairly ignored but that the most capable people are getting the best and most important jobs. If there is any unfairness it is simply that mother nature doesn’t distribute her attributes evenly.
Next time you hear someone enviously complaining that Jews are over-represented in powerful positions, ask them if they also think that black men are over-represented in the NBA and at the Olympic games. Ask them if they think it is unfair that East Africans win all the long distance races while people of West African origin win all the sprints.
The truth is that if other people could do intellectually demanding jobs as well as Jews then they would, but they can’t, so they don’t.