BEHIND THE NEWS
Or else, how can one enter into a strong man’s house and spoil his
Goods, except he first bind the strong man and then he will spoil his house. – Matthew 12:29
Prof. Carroll Quigley, in his monumental “history of the world in our time, TRAGEDY AND HOPE, has traced all the way back to Cecil Rhodes the origin pf a “network” (some call it “conspiracy”) whose secret aim is to set up a one-world state on the ruins of nations.
The big question is whether the “network” we know (or think we know) today is in every aspect the same as conceived by Rhodes and his disciples in the first years of this century.
In his latest book UNDECLARED WAR, we published in Australia and now available, Ivor Benson seeks to answer this question, at the same time filling in some facts about Rhodes and his circle not to be found in the Quigley book.
In a few words, his answer is that there has occurred a convergence of the Rhodes one-world ambition with another which broke surface in Europe shortly before the French Revolution and whose origin fades into the obscurity of the dim and distant past.
Much of the information explaining how this took place will be found in TRAGEDY AND HOPE, although Quigley himself seems to have remained blissfully unaware of the existence of that second “network” or “conspiracy”. Indeed, the two conspiracies had so much in common – although diametrically opposed! – that it was quite a simple matter for the older, and more experienced, to swallow up the new, together with all its charismatic appeal and more substantial assets (like the Rhodes fortune). The right hand glove of a chauvinist British imperialism was nearly pulled inside out to become a left hand glove of anonymous leftist imperialism! And the passionate proponents of the “English idea” were none the wiser!
“A network set up for the purpose of building a new world order upon the foundations of the British Empire has, since the end of the last war been the main cause of the dissolution of that empire and is, at this moment, actively engaged in trying to wipe off the map of Africa a tiny state which was to have been a monument to the network’s founder – Cecil Rhodes.”
The author draws attention to what he considers one of the biggest gaps in modern study and learning – in our universities, he says, we can learn about power in many different forms, electric, hydraulic, mechanical and even nuclear, but there is, as yet, no science which concerns itself with the exercise of power in human terms – the occult technology of power.
Prof. Northcote Parkinson barely touched the fringe of this vast subject when he explained how the will of a couple of people can be made to command the will of a committee of half a dozen and more. Knowledge in this area, Benson points out, will not be found in political science textbooks but is a sort of wizardry passed on from father to son or to a favorite, like the secrets of African witchdoctors.
Historians have tended to steer clear of this kind of knowledge as pedestrians instinctively avoid walking alone in dark alleys; they prefer to confine their studies to the origin and implementation of “ideas”, instinctively aware of the perils which are “motives”. Therefore much of written history wins praise for its “objectivity” while at the same time qualifying for Henry Ford’s description of all history as “bunkum”; and trying to understand history is, quite often, like trying to understand Shakespeare’s Hamlet from which the ghost has been expurgated – when it is the ghost which is the whole source of Hamlet’s motivation!
Changes of cataclysmic historic importance pass unnoticed except by a tiny coterie of “insiders” (Quigley’s word), giving rise to baffling displays of surface phenomenon which them form the stock-and-trade of establishment historians and journalists – to the infinite confusion of the rest of mankind!
Benson shows. With quotations from Quigley and from Prof. Anthony Sutton’s WALL STREET AND THE RISE OF HITLER, that at a certain point in time there must have been a shift in the center of gravity of power and control in America’s so-called Eastern Establishment, better known as Wall Street.
The Money Power
Benson goes on:
Unnoticed by historians like Dr. Quigley, was a “happening” of enormous importance: the overthrow of a moneyed power elite which Dr. Quigley describes as “High Episcopalian” and which other have described as WAP (White Anglo Saxon Protestant). When the WASP’s lost their top-dog position in Wall Street they naturally also lost the power to decide who should head the leading educational institutions like Columbia University, Yale and Harvard.
Thus one “Money and Intellect” alliance was replaced by another. And the fact that an alliance of Money and Intellect behaves the same regardless of who controls it at the top, made the change even more difficult to detect. “Ruthless cynicism” as to methods was as much a characteristic of the network before the change of ownership and control as afterwards; Rhodes and Milner, no less that the faceless ones who have controlled the network ever since, recognized in Marxist socialism a means of concentrating in their hands control of financial and political power aimed at the setting up of a new world order which they could also control.
In the short term, there is evidently not much difference between one set of totalitarian power-seekers and another, but, with the passage of time the results can be strikingly different.
The New Masters
The facts are all there, but no Establishment historian, it seems, has been tempted to put them together. As was only to be expected, there could be no shift in the center of gravity in the American power structure without some corresponding shift on the other side of the Atlantic.
The Rhodes-Milner set, later to be disparagingly labelled “The Cliveden Set” (after the name of Lord and Lady Astor) fought at the barricades and was decisively defeated, and the voice of Geoffrey Dawson (London Times editor) was silenced forever……
With the overthrow of this much eroded group, there would be no English Establishment willing or able to prevent the liquidation of the British Empire, that empire which was to have been the foundation for the dreamed-of Heaven upon Earth.
At this point in history the Rhodes Scholarship Trust and those other organizations set up by Rhodes and his disciples, like the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the United Kingdom Carnegie Trust, might have been expected to go into voluntary liquidation since it was obviously no longer possible to give effect to the purposes for which they had been founded and funded. But as we know, they were not liquidated: they were taken over, lock stock and barrel, along with all their accumulated “goodwill”, their image of establishmentarian respectability, their history, their idealism and mystique. And, of course, their funds.
The Role of Gold
The above is only a brief summary of the first of the book’s five chapters which have been ingeniously contrived to contribute from wholly different angles a sort of multi-dimensional, stereoscopic insight into the reality of the present “undeclared war” in Southern Africa. Thus Chapter 2, talking up the central theme in Dr. Sutton’s WAR ON GOLD, discusses the great haste which characterizes the onslaught on Southern Africa, all aimed finally the overthrow of local self-determination in South Africa.
Chapter 3 provides a concise account of what has been happening in Africa since 1960, with the creation of “a form of autonomy and independence which ensures the destruction of the old forms of sovereignty and permits the setting up of new forms of sovereignty so precarious and so artificial that it is an easy matter of dominate them” (the words of Dr. Franco Nogueira, former Foreign Minister of Portugal).
The main battle however, as the author tells us in his brief preface, takes place of the battleground of the public mind “as the motives of a tiny minority of power-wielders are translated by the magic of the media into some semblance of the will of mankind”. How that battle is fought (rather, perhaps, how it is lost without a fight) is explained in Chapter 4 which consists of two papers presented at conferences of the World Anti-Communist League, at Seoul, Korea in 1976 and at Taipei, Taiwan, in 1977.
IT’S BEEN SAID BEFORE
There is no proletarian movement, not even a communist one, which does not operate in the interest of money and for the period permitted by money, all this without the idealist in its ranks having the faintest suspicion of the fact – Oswald Spengler THE DECLINE OF THE WEST.
The money-power and the revolutionary-power have been set up and given sham but symbolic shapes (‘Capitalism’ and ‘Communism’) and sharply defied citadels (‘America’ and Russia’). Suitably to alarm the mass mind, the picture offered is that of bleak and hopeless enmity and confrontation….But what if similar men, with a common aim, secretly rule in both camps and propose to achieve their ambition through the clash between the masses? I believe that any diligent student of our times will discover that this is the case. Douglas Reed, FAR AND WIDE.
THE GRAND DESIGN
Great events portend for Africa, but I do not think they will take the shape of the spontaneous, localized ‘Native war’ feared by so many who have examined the future with misgivings. Africa is now a king piece in the game and a great hand hovers over it; the hand which built Johannesburg on feet of gold and buried the gold at Fort Knox, which reaches down for mining labor into the loneliest kraal, which spread the Communist area, by arms and not by conviction, from the center of Europe to the Pacific, which set up the Political Zionists in Arabia. The future, for Africa, will be absorbing to watch. In the final throws of the great twentieth-century game, it has been added to the stakes – Douglas Reed, SOMEWHERE SOUTH OF SUEZ.