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Carroll Quigley
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Born 1910-11-09
Died 1977-01-03
Historian, and writer of Tragedy and Hope.
Quotes
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The destructive impact of Western Civilization upon so many other societies rests on its ability to demoralize their ideological and spiritual culture as much as its ability to destroy them in a material sense with firearms.
- 1966
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This period [monopoly capitalism] began to appear about 1890, took control of the economic system from the bankers about 1932, and its distinguished as a period of managerial dominance in contrast with the owner management and the financial management of the two periods immediately preceding it. Many of its characteristics continue, even today...
- 1966
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The commercial capitalist sought profits from the exchange of goods; the industrial capitalist sought profits from the manufacture of goods; the financial capitalist sought profits from the manipulation of claims on money; and the monopoly capitalist sought profits from manipulation of the market to make the market price and the amount sold such that his profits would be maximized.
- 1966
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...production, transfer, and consumption of goods, were concrete and clearly visible so that almost anyone could grasp them simply by examining them, while the operations of banking and finance were concealed, scattered, and abstract so that they appeared to many to be difficult. To add to this, bankers themselves did everything they could to make their activities more secret and more esoteric. Their activities were reflected in mysterious marks in ledgers which were never opened to the curious outsider.
- 1966
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In time they [merchant bankers of London] brought into their financial network the provincial banking centers, organized as commercial banks and savings banks, as well as insurance companies, to form all of these into a single financial system on an international scale which manipulated the quantity and flow of money so that they were able to influence, if not control, governments on one side, and industries on the other.
- 1966
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[Talking about international bankers] looking backward toward the period of dynastic monarchy in which they had their own roots, aspired to establish dynasties of international bankers and were at least as successful at this as were many of the dynastic political rulers. The greatest of these dynasties, of course, were the descendants of Meyer Amschel Rothschild of Frankfort, whose male descendants, for at least two generations, generally married first cousins or even nieces.
- 1966
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When the business interests, lead by William C. Whitney, pushed through the first instalment of civil service reform in 1883, they expected that they would be able to control both political parties equally. Indeed, some of them intended to contribute to both and allow an alternation of the two parties in public office in order to conceal their own influence, inhibit any exhibition of independence by politicians, and allow the electorate to believe that they were exercising their own free choice.
- 1966
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on two occasions, in 1904 and in 1924, J.P. Morgan was able to sit back with a feeling of satisfaction to watch a presidential election in which the candidates of both parties where in his sphere of influence. In 1924 the Democratic candidate was one of his chief lawyers, while the Republican candidate was the class mate and handpicked choice of his partner, Dwight Morrow.
- 1966
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This fantastic philosophy [Russian Nihilism] is of great significance because it prepared the ground for Bolshevism.
- 1966
Cited Sources
Tragedy and Hope : A History of the World In Our Time