G Edward Griffin doesn't fully understand Carroll Quigley(and neither do you).Submitted by Sancho23 on Mon, 03/29/2010 - 15:16
NOTE: This article will require a time commitment of around 30-45min and has the potential to drastically alter the way in which you view, and approach, the works of both Carroll Quigley and G Edward Griffin.
I'm going to keep this brief because I intend to write a short essay on the relevance of the work of the late Dr. Carroll Quigley to the people in general.
In no way am I interested in discussing Quigley's connections to the "open conspiracy." Yes, I am fully aware that he studied the CFR records for two years and admitted to agreeing with the goals(although not the tactics exactly) of the Anglo Establishment.
I'm asking the reader to approach this material as reading Dr. Carroll Quigley the Historian, not the Conspiracy Cheerleader. It is possible to do this without any cognitive dissonance if you are TRULY practicing critical thinking.
To summarize, I'm going to introduce what G. Edward Griffin considers the solution for us all. Then, I will give you some light reading material and a few clues about what more valuable solutions can be gleaned from some of the writings of Quigley. Whether or not he was truly a conspirator is not of any importance here, please keep that in mind. Quigley wrote very little about the Anglos and had he survived longer would certainly have produced numerous books on historical trends. It is in that light only in which solutions to the problems of "freedom and liberty vs. tyranny" can be found.
First, the Griffin video. You may skip ahead to the 7/8 segment, as there he begins to introduce his solution.
The Quigley Formula by G Edward Griffin
This solution is not unfamiliar to myself or most of the readers at the Daily Paul. There are numerous plans in place following this precise notion, as is evidenced by the many "Vote For!" banner on this site encouraging one to support the many "freedom candidates."
This method is slow. It requires a very long game of waiting. First we must find the good people who emerge, picking up anyone who seems to have a good demeanor and proper speaking habits(and supports the right causes, of course). Then we must hope to get them noticed in the community in some way that will then help them to get elected in upcoming campaigns. Then, assuming some make it to offices of any prominence what so ever, we must wait(and HOPE) that they can get "our kind of legislation" introduced, passed, and made actual reality.
This is a slow process for sure, and not one to be abandoned at face value. Political affairs are a great part of overall human society, and we cannot deny that. People need to learn how to make general agreements peacefully.
The main issue here that I am raising relates to something Quigley brings up and that is the fact that our culture is so future-oriented, so much so as to mortgage their entire life and family to "the future", that we, as a people, completely lose touch with the present. Technology will save us. We'll get the right people into office eventually. Some day. . .
But what if we had more present-oriented solutions?
Quigley Lecture, "The State of Individuals", A.D. 1776-1976.
For the discerning reader, you will see some obvious gems that can be applied to our way of thinking, right now, that will alter and change the way in which we seek for solutions. He mentions the idea of inner- and outer- imposed controls in a society. When inner-imposed controls are prevalent, then government is at its weaker end. The dissolution of society's ability to create space for our very needs then leads inevitably to the overgrowth and proliferation of outer-imposed controls upon the individual!
Quigley: "A third idea we were brainwashed into believing was that the ONLY important thing was individualism. They called it freedom. There is no such thing as freedom. There is something called liberty; it's quite different. I'll not spend much time on this. If you're interested, read Ruggiero's "History of European Liberalism", Oxford University Press, 1927, particularly the first couple of chapters. That's the English translation of an Italian book. Freedom is freedom from restraints. We're always under restraints. The difference between a stable society and an unstable one is that the restraints in an unstable one are external. In a stable society, GOVERNMENT ULTIMATELY BECOMES UNNECESSARY; the restraints on people's actions are internal, there're self-disciplined. They are the restraints you have accepted because they make it possible for you to satisfy all your needs to the degree that is good for you."
Had Griffin done some more homework on Quigley, he would have arrived at this lecture and if he's really worth his salt then he will come to similar ideas.
To give you some more leads to follow, look into the Transition Town movement as they are leading the way in regards to creating real communities with solid self-controls. Their main guiding issues aren't what I'm pointing you towards, much as Quigley's connection with secret societies is not needed to glean any semblance of wisdom from his work. The Transition people are really small and very open to the same corrupting influences that erode every single political and social organization(the Ron Paul crowd included), but what they are working towards is the ability to not rely on modern, "fossil fuel" society which can just as easily be read as working towards the ability to not rely on modern political or economic structures in society. They invite participation with local and state government, as well as helping to establish things like local currencies which may allow localities to rough out economic downturns and depressions(and also to help bring local people together more in common purposes and mores).
Quigley: "The fundamental, all pervasive cause of world instability today is the destruction of communities by the commercialization of all human relationships and the resulting neuroses and psychoses."
The beginnings of a true revolution are at hand, right now. The TRUE Quigley Formula is waiting to be discovered and enacted by the people capable of uncovering it. Revolution isn't even the right term, neither is evolution. Utopia is one used by the intellectual elite at the top, but for the people we must seek to engage all of society in the PROCESS of "Utopiation."
Education and Relations are two main components of this, as far as my work is concerned, so I'll leave you with two more little rabbits to follow:
(follow that with the episode on The Trivium)
Quigley: "Now I want to say good night. Do not be pessimistic. Life goes on; life is fun. And if a civilization crashes, it deserves to. When Rome fell, the Christian answer was, 'Create our own communities.'"