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“The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching (plan), nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole.”
Read that quote of Carroll Quigley twice. He means it and he knows whereof he speaks. To many this man needs no introduction and for those who don't know who he is, it will be easy to establish his credentials. Here is a brief sketch of his accomplishments.
He was a professor of history at Harvard, Princeton and the Foreign Service School of Georgetown University. He was an editor of Current History monthly, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Anthropological Association and the American Economic Association. He has been a lecturer on Russian history at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, a lecturer on Africa at the Brookings Institution, a lecturer at the U.S. Naval Weapons Laboratory, a lecturer at the Foreign Service Institute of the State Department and a lecturer at the Naval College at Norfolk, Virginia. He was a consultant to the Congressional Select Committee when they were setting up the present day space agency in 1958. He was a collaborator in history to the Smithsonian Institution after that year, when it established its Museum of History and Technology. In 1964 he went to the Navy post-Graduate School in Monterey, California as a consultant on Project Seabed. This project was to visualize what American weapons systems would be like twelve years into the future.
To you who are still reading this review, there are three very important books Mr. Quigley wrote that I heartily recommend you to read. The books are: The Evolution of Civilizations, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time and The Anglo-American Establishment.
It must be borne in mind that Mr. Q. was a willing member of the powers to which he refers to in the quote above. This review is thus, not written to shine a light on the professor. Anyone who bothers to read his books will stand in awe of his intellect, ability and thorough knowledge. He worked for the powers that be and was one of their own. He believed in their mission and educated their offspring with a much higher quality curriculum than most students have access to. The monied men who run the show have sought out, groomed and funded the very best and brightest minds that they can find and get on board since the beginning. Carroll was exceptional at history.
Being part of the ruling class himself, he was given access and funding to pore over the private records of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Council of Foreign Relations. To simplify, he got to see the minutes of meetings that few eyes are privy to. In fact, the only wrinkle that I am aware of between Quigley and his bow-tie chiefs, was that Carroll was a forthright individual and truly believed that the world these men are attempting to create would be a better one and out of pride and enthusiasm, he thought it was time to let everyone in on the big plan.
His vehicle was Tragedy and Hope. Ironically, he was asked to write the book so the progeny of the elite would have a written record of their forebears exploits and in the process, in the opinion of his peers, he told to much. There was some trouble. After choosing a path of stealth, subterfuge and Fabianism, it just didn't feel right to the big shots to come clean. They live off of the masses of people that they fear and will not take their masks off until they believe that they have achieved total control and are at no risk themselves. At least, Carrroll had a pair. I recommend reading the books in the order listed here. The second book is over 1200 pages and the other two are more standard in length.
To those that are still reading now, I will tell you to also bear in mind that these books were not written for the average person. I do not mean that as regards intellect. We all possess that. Get a dictionary if need be and take your time reading it. Rather, I mean it was intended to educate those who would become the next crop of politicians and such to carry the ball and in order to do this, the truth must be told, as long as it is not told to the average person. This is exactly why the book is a valuable resource for the average person.
After reading these books, you will no longer be a history virgin but I can tell you that you will respect yourself in the morning. You will be amazed and probably angry by turns but if you chill and let the learning sink in of its own accord, I believe you will come to find a new kind of peace of mind in realizing that the world you see as you go through your day, regardless of your race, creed or color, makes perfect and logical sense. There is a plan, you were just not told about it. Neither were your parents or grandparents.
I disagree with Professor Quigley's estimation of civilization as outlined in the first book mentioned in this review. I do not disagree with his explanation of the mechanics of the evolution of civilization and I believe that without this broad view, one cannot hope to understand much of our world. I feel this difference in our outlooks betrays his own indoctrination and that time will prove him wrong. Simply put, he thinks that a hunter-gatherer lifestyle is parasitic, as do his peers and places it at the bottom of his time-line of “progress". I argue that his progressed civilization is parasitic and represents a decline in our civilization. I would take his time-line and bend it into a circle and then moving the start marker to now and show that natural humans would progress forwards toward what he calls primitive if left unmolested. Further, I would say that a mighty long time went by before the beginning of his time-line and it can easily be argued without easily being disproved that the hunter-gatherer lifestyle prior to Sumer was the pinnacle of civilization and we have, with the help of bow-ties, been in decline ever since. What do you think?
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Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.