Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) was a German-born Jewish physicist, today in mass media often depicted as the world's greatest scientific genius and a leftist, pacifistic, humanistic saint.

Criticisms and controversies

Criticisms and controversies have included aspects such as

  • Argued extensive plagiarism and refusal to give credit to other scientists, such as Hendrik A. Lorentz, Henri Poincare, Olin to de Pretto, and his own first wife, Marie Maric. One example of criticisms is that "Because of what Schlafly sees as deft plagiarism, he asserts that “Einstein’s 1905 paper is the most overrated paper ever written. No other paper has been so thoroughly praised, and yet be so dishonestly unoriginal”. Einstein does definitely deserve scientific credit, he says, but it’s mostly for refining the scientific ideas of others."[1]
  • Crank denial of probabilistic quantum mechanics, spending much of his later life in failed attempts to disprove it.
  • "Socialist" views, stated to not have been a Communist, but investigated by the FBI for associations with many Communist organizations and fronts.
  • Expressed support for Lenin's and Stalin's Soviet Union.
  • Support for nuclear weapons due to the threat of Nationalist Socialist Germany during WWII, but opposition after the war despite the threat from the Communist states.
  • Opposition to "McCarthyism" and support for (Jewish) Communist spies, such as Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
  • Claimed to be an anti-racist, but in recently revealed private travel writings he expressed "racist" views on the peoples he met, such as the Chinese.[2]
  • Claimed to be an anti-nationalist, but was a Zionist, despite criticizing Judaism, implying that he supported Jewish nationalism because of support for Jewish race based nationalism.

Einstein on Stalin and the Communist show trials during the Great Purge: "By the way, there are increasing signs that the Russian trials are not faked, but that there is a plot among those who look upon Stalin as a stupid reactionary who has betrayed the ideas of the revolution. Though we find it difficult to imagine this kind of internal thing, those who know Russia best are all more or less of the same opinion. I was firmly convinced to begin with that it was a case of a dictator's despotic acts, based on lies and deception, but this was a delusion."[3]

Other criticisms have concerned issues such as "the overwhelmingly Jewish sources behind modern Einstein worship [...] Einstein’s popular status as the world’s greatest intellect however should be viewed as something of a curiosity, since no other scientist in all of human history gets remotely comparable treatment. Are we to believe that Einstein’s contributions to science surpass even Newton’s? Or that “relativity” has altered humanity’s view of the world (and religion) as much as Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection? This is not credible. Indeed, the various advances in modern physics authored by Einstein and others remain incomprehensible to 99% of the world. Why should people be enjoined to worship individuals whose achievements they don’t even understand? After all, even though Einstein’s discoveries (to whatever extent they were his) have benefited science and humanity, they have not been tangibly transformative in the lives of average people. [...] his personal life was far from saintly. In fact, according to two biographers (Roger Highfield and Paul Carter) Einstein was a serial philanderer who abandoned at least one of his children "[1]

Einstein critic Christopher Jon Bjerknes has argued that "Portrayed in the popular press as if a congenial and compassionate man, Albert Einstein was in fact a vicious racist and an ardent segregationist. He hated Europeans and sought their extermination. Though he himself had married a Gentile, Mileva Maric, he later divorced her for what his friends thought were racist reasons. Einstein denounced all mixed marriages and believed that Jews should remain separate from Gentiles and not participate in Gentile governments. Though Einstein was a staunch Zionist who championed the Jewish nationalist cause, he wanted all Gentile nations abolished in favor of global government for Gentiles and a Zionist state for Jews. His beliefs mirrored Jewish messianic prophecy."[4]

Kevin Macdonald in his book The culture of critique[5] addressed on page vii Einstein's strong Jewish ethnicism, namely that:

  • Einstein was a strongly motivated Zionist[5],
  • Einstein opposed assimilation as a contemptible form of “mimicry”[5],
  • Einstein preferred to mix with other Jews whom he referred to as his “tribal companions”[5],
  • Einstein embraced the uncritical support for the Bolshevik regime in Russia[5],
  • Einstein switched from a high-minded pacifism during World War I, when Jewish interests were not at stake, to advocating the building of atomic bombs to defeat Hitler[5],
  • From his teenage years Einstein disliked the Germans and in later life criticized Jewish colleagues for converting to Christianity and acting like Prussians[5],
  • Einstein especially disliked Prussians, who were the elite ethnic group in Germany[5],
  • Reviewing his life at age 73, Einstein declared his ethnic affiliation in no uncertain terms: “My relationship with Jewry had become my strongest human tie once I achieved complete clarity about our precarious position among the nations”.[5].

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Review of Roger Schlafly’s “How Einstein Ruined Physics”
  2. Einstein's travel diaries reveal 'shocking' xenophobia
  3. Letter to Max Born (no date, 1937 or 1938); The Born-Einstein Letters (translated by Irene Born) (Walker and Company, New York, 1971) ISBN 0-8027-0326-7.
  4. Jon Bjerknes. ALBERT EINSTEIN The Incorrigible RACIST
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Kevin Macdonald (1998, 2002) The Culture of Critique, 540 pages. ISBN: 0-7596-7221-0