YouTube Potpourri: The Legacy of Carroll Quigley

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The Professor
and the President

“As a teenager
I heard John Kennedy’s summons to citizenship. And as a student
at Georgetown, I heard the call clarified by a professor I had named
Carroll Quigley, who said America was the greatest country in the
history of the world because our people have always believed in
two great ideas: first, that tomorrow can be better than today,
and second, that each of us has a personal moral responsibility
to make it so.”

When Bill Clinton
spoke these stirring words to millions of Americans during his 1992
acceptance address before the Democratic National Convention upon
receiving his party’s nomination for President of the United States,
the vast multitude of his television audience paused for a micro-second
to reflect: Who is Carroll Quigley and why did he have such a dramatic
effect on this young man before us who may become our country’s

Carroll Quigley
was a legendary professor of history at the Foreign Service School
of Georgetown University, and a former instructor at Princeton and

He was a lecturer
at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the Brookings Institution,
the U. S. Naval Weapons Laboratory, the Foreign Service Institute
of the State Department, and the Naval College.

Quigley was
a closely connected elite “insider” to the American Establishment,
with impeccable credentials and trappings of respectability.

Carroll Quigley’s most notable achievement was the authorship of
one of the most important books of the 20th Century: Tragedy
and Hope — A History of the World in Our Time

No one can
truly be cognizant of the intricate evolution of networks of power
and influence which have played a crucial role in determining who
and what we are as a civilization without being familiar with the
contents of this 1,348-page tome.

It is the “Ur-text”
of Establishment Studies, earning Quigley the epithet of “the professor
who knew too much” in a Washington Post article published
shortly after his 1977 death.

In Tragedy
and Hope, as well as the posthumous The
Anglo-American Establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden
, Quigley
traces this network, in both its overt and covert manifestations,
back to British racial imperialist and financial magnate Cecil Rhodes
and his secret wills, outlining the clandestine master plan through
seven decades of intrigue, spanning two world wars, to the assassination
of John Kennedy.

Through an
elaborate structure of banks, foundations, trusts, public-policy
research groups, and publishing concerns (in addition to the prestigious
scholarship program at Oxford), the initiates of what are described
as the Round Table groups (and its offshoots such as the Royal Institute
of International Affairs and the Council on Foreign Relations) came
to dominate the political and financial affairs of the world.

For the ambitious
young man from Hope, Arkansas, his mentor’s visionary observations
would provide the blueprint of how the world really worked as he
made his ascendancy via Oxford through the elite corridors of power
to the Oval Office.

The Conservatives
Discover Carroll Quigley

Published in
1966, Tragedy and Hope lay virtually unnoticed by academic
reviewers and the mainstream media establishment. Then Dr. W. Cleon
Skousen, the noted conservative author of the 1961 national best-seller,
Naked Communist
, discovered Quigley, and the serious implications
of what Quigley had revealed. In 1970, Skousen published The
Naked Capitalist: A Review and Commentary on Dr. Carroll Quigley’s
Book Tragedy and Hope

This was soon
followed by None
Dare Call It Conspiracy
. This slim volume by Gary Allen
(and Larry Abraham) provided the massive paradigm shift of grassroots,
populist conservatives from mere anti-Communism to a much larger
anti-elitist world-view.

Millions of
copies of these books came into print, and the conservative movement
changed forever.

Copies of Tragedy
and Hope began disappearing from library shelves. A pirate
edition was printed. Quigley came to believe that his publisher
Macmillan had suppressed his book. Dr. Gary North, the esteemed
writer well known to readers of, has an interesting
discussion of these curious facts in the chapter, “Maverick ‘Insider’
Historians,” in his book, Conspiracy:
A Biblical View
, available on-line.

However some
persons believe Carroll Quigley was simply amplifying earlier research
in conservative authors Emanuel Josephson’s Rockefeller
‘Internationalist': The Man Who Misrules The World
, and
Dan Smoot’s The
Invisible Government
, or that of the radical sociologist
C. Wright Mill’s The
Power Elite
, which had outlined these same elite networks
of power.

I disagree
with that narrow assessment. Although there is much to disagree
with in interpretation in Quigley’s book, the originality and titanic
scope of the work cannot be doubted or disparaged.

In a book much
praised by Murray Rothbard, author Carl Oglesby’s The
Yankee and Cowboy War: Conspiracies From Dallas To Watergate
has a fascinating discussion of Quigley within a wider framework
of American power politics and subterranean intrigue.

And in a volume
hailed by Gore Vidal, Christopher Hitchens, before he morphed from
Trotskyist man of letters to Neocon mouthpiece, had some insightful
musings along the line of Quigley in his Blood,
Class, and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies


I’m becoming
convinced that every piece of film ever produced, no matter how
small or insignificant, eventually ends up on YouTube. That site
is simply amazing.

With this in
mind, here is a YouTube potpourri of items I discovered that introduce
the viewer to the incomparable Carroll Quigley and his book, Tragedy
and Hope. These brief videos focus upon the Federal Reserve,
the Council on Foreign Relations, the United Nations, and the North
American Union.

After viewing
them, I hope you will be prompted to read Quigley’s book and unlock
many mysteries that have puzzled your understandings of the world
about you.

The first two
clips are from an ancient documentary filmstrip, The Capitalist
Conspiracy, by Fed critic and Ron Paul supporter, G. Edward
Griffin, author of The
Creature From Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve

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