Evolutionary Psychological Science

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 136–142 | Cite as

Jewish Group Evolutionary Strategy Is the Most Plausible Hypothesis: a Response to Nathan Cofnas’ Critical Analysis of Kevin MacDonald’s Theory of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth Century Ideological Movements

  • Edward DuttonEmail author
Theoretical Article


Kevin MacDonald (1998) has argued that a series of twentieth century ideologies which have challenged European traditions should be understood as part of a Jewish evolutionary strategy to promote Jewish interests in the West, as evidenced by Jewish leadership of and disproportionate involvement in these movements. Cofnas Human Nature 29, 134–156 (Cofnas 2018a) has critiqued this model and countered that the evidence can be more parsimoniously explained by the high average intelligence and urban location of Jews in Western countries. This, he avers, should be the ‘default hypothesis.’ In this response, I argue that it is MacDonald’s model that is the more plausible hypothesis due to evidence that people tend to act in their ethnic group interest and that group selectedness among Jews is particularly strong, meaning that they are particularly likely to do so.


MacDonald Cofnas Jewish Evolution Multi-level selection 



I would like to acknowledge the useful feedback given to me by Mr. Nathan Cofnas on earlier drafts of this article.


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  1. 1.Ulster Institute for Social ResearchLondonUK

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