Thursday, January 06, 2022

"Keeping an army in Nicarauga": The trope of Jews, the stock market, and American intervention abroad in "The Sound and the Fury"

In "April Sixth, 1928", the third section of William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury", Jason Compson's fury about losing money in investments triggers a rant about New York, "the market", and "these dam jews ... with all their inside dope" that also mentions "them up there in Washington spending fifty thousand dollars a day keeping an army in Nicarauga or some place." In January 1927, the United States intervened in a civil war and occupied Nicaragua for six years. The connection between Jews, the New York stock market, and American intervention abroad gives an American isolationist spin to the trope of an international Jewish financial conspiracy that dominates the world. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 6 January 2022)

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