Ever think maybe
it's a left-wing conspiracy
of Rhodes scholars?
|By Charley Reese
You remember, of course, Hillary Clinton going on national television and asserting that there was a right-wing conspiracy out to get her poor, innocent husband. Well, suppose there is a left-wing conspiracy of Rhodes scholars out to "get" Americans?
Oh, pshaw, you say. What kind of nonsense is that? Well, recall again that Bill Clinton, at about the time of his first inauguration, mentioned that a man who had great influence on him was Carroll Quigley, professor of history at the Foreign Service School of Georgetown University. Quigley, who died some years ago, was a certified liberal elitist, but he said something quite intriguing in his excellent book Tragedy and Hope, a 1,348-page history of modern times. [published in 1966 – TYSK]
On page 950, after mocking conservative theories of international influence, Quigley wrote:
The italics in the above quotes are mine. Poor Dr. Quigley didn't know, when his book was published in 1965, just how much "it" wished to remain unknown. The publisher, not long afterward, took the unusual step of taking the book out of print and destroying the plates without consulting Quigley. I verified this myself in a telephone interview with his widow. She said he had been extremely upset when he learned of it. He died not long afterward.
Betcha a beer you've never heard much about Round Table Groups operating secretly in the United States to influence public policy.
All of this started, according to Quigley, with John Ruskin, professor at Oxford, who developed this strange and frankly racist notion that the English upper classes were possessors of a magnificent tradition but, in order to save themselves, must uplift the downtrodden masses -- both in England and around the world. Cecil Rhodes became one of Ruskin's ardent disciples.
Rhodes was also, of course, a dirty, rotten imperialist who, with financial support from Lord Rothschild and Alfred Beit, monopolized South Africa's diamond mines as DeBeers Consolidated Mines and built up Consolidated Gold Fields. Let Quigley take it from here:
Thus was born country-club liberalism and from these Round Table Groups came the Council on Foreign Relations and what is called in America "the Eastern Establishment." Shucks, folks, I think that this tony, high-class conspiracy is a lot more interesting than those blue-collar, right-wing conspiracies. I wonder if anybody has ever been called a racist for speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Published in The Orlando Sentinel, Jan 26 1999
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