• 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 LewRockwell.com, 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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