There is nothing that enrages Jews more than gentiles who say they run everything. On the other hand, Jews among themselves, or among trusted “righteous” gentiles, will say, “Yeah, Jews run everything. We rule!”
I will incur the wrath of both groups and tell them, to their chagrin and disappointment, no, Jews do not run everything. John Derbyshire wrote that if even if you say something complimentary about Jews, it will quickly be spun as anti-Semitic. You can say they run everything, or they don’t, and either way you’re bad.
I wrote long ago the Jews are theologically more like Catholics, but I have decided in one important aspect that’s not true. In one aspect Jews are like the crypto-Judaic merchants and bankers, the Puritans, who most certainly do run everything.
First, Judaism. Some Jews, at one time, regarded their religion as universal. The Old Testament Book of Isaiah describes the Hebrew God as being for everyone, and is the source of much of the Christian religion. Other Jews did not belive this. At the time of Jesus, the only part of the Jerusalem temple that was open to use for worship by non-Jews, the outer courtyard, had been converted to commercial purposes- this is the area Jesus drove the moneychangers out of.
Jews don’t like to accept converts, and people usually only become Jews when they marry a religious Jew. Christianity however is a universal religion- the common Christian belief is that Jesus sacrificed himself for all people, and that all people can be saved.
Calvinism- the theology of the Puritans who formed the most powerful cultural group in the US, and ruled Britain for a time as a religious dictatorship- believes something different. Calvinists hold the concept of limited atonement, that Jesus sacrificed himself only for those predestined to be saved- the “elect”. For the others, the “preterite”, salvation is not possible under any circumstances, no matter what they do.
Jews will deny this, but in general they believe God is only for the Jews. At least some Orthodox Jews believe gentiles are reincarnated as animals.
So both the Puritans and Jews- wealthy merchants and bankers- believe God cares about only a small number of people, and the rest are chaff. This, along with their cultural similarities, allows them to cooperate in running things. The Jews are the more visible part of this alliance, but they are most definitely junior partners. The Puritan/Quaker alliance has its “good cops”- the Quakers, their allied pacifist denominations, and the Methodists- but the Puritans are at the top and the unquestioned rulers.