The More We Learn, The More We Don't Know
Part-I: Though we could not agree more with the axiom "knowledge is power," there are times within ones cognitive development that the more one learns, the more one realizes how much they actually do not know.
Further to this point, the more one allows their cognitive abilities to extend beyond their developmental comfort zones; it forces one to adopt a set of principles from which to form impartial conclusions to the extent this is possible, in order to arrive at a perception of reality that most closely aligns with empirical facts and known truths.
Relative to making sense of the current world order and global economic environment, this author began his journey as an entrepreneur throughout the 80's and 90's of the 20th Century. The dramatic stock market crash of 1987 provided the catalyst and a focal point from which an ongoing education continues to this very day.
Today, just as it was 30-years ago and 30-years before that, asking the right questions in developing ones worldviews is as essential as cognitively assessing the answers one finds with the greatest level of prudence and impartiality one can muster.
We began our particular journey in this matter endeavoring to understand and master the workings of the financial markets. Naturally, and in due course, once we had moved beyond charts, cycles, and various technical theories that framed financial markets, understanding various economic and political philosophies proved invaluable. Given that the study of political and economic philosophy link inextricably to the workings of the financial markets, it became essential for us to understand the full history of each in order to contextualize the last hundred years leading up to the present.
Over the years, and with a growing stream of accessible information, this exercise continues to be a daunting task of great magnitude, often bringing with it a great deal more questions than concrete answers. Nonetheless, we press on in our quest to make sense of the realities to which we are all so familiar with, but very few seem to understand.
In addition to providing services to assist people in successfully navigating their interests across the financial sphere, we find it our further duty to make every effort possible in providing a plausible answer to the numerous outstanding questions that so many ask relative to how and why we have arrived at this very point in history.
In so doing, it is our hope that all of those who gain a principled level of knowledge will share such with all who seek a better understanding of these rather challenging circumstances.
Though many might find some of the current answers to be rather disturbing, we nonetheless endeavor to share such plausible answers with those who wish to assess them on their merits.
Some of the most basic questions of the uninitiated are:
- Why are numerous countries of the world continually embattled in never-ending wars?
- Why is the economy so bad and why can't I find a good paying job - if I could find a job at all?
- How am I going to pay back the loan for my college education?
- How can I afford to move out on my own, buy a house, or start a family?
- What is going on with the stock market, bank failures, worldwide debt crisis, and the civil disorder and fiscal insolvencies taking place in Europe?
- How am I to plan for a future with so much uncertainty and confusion?
- Why do a select few become rich beyond comprehension, while most everybody else is more or less just scraping the bottom of the barrel just to get by?
- Will I ever be able to save enough money to retire?
- Why do all politicians always seem to lie, and why does it seem like the mainstream media doesn't quite tell the whole truth either?
- Is everyone in power corrupt? Is there some kind of conspiracy at work here? What is going on?
- What happened to the America that I learned about in high school?
- Why is there perpetual growing divisions and tensions amongst different political groups and social classes of people?
One can begin to form reasonable answers to some of these questions by listening to the 30-minute interview below and asking, who is really pulling the strings in our politicized global economy?
We trust the 30-minute interview is a good start in getting you up to speed, but as we said, the more you know, the more you don't know. Granted, the technical explanations and answers provided are sound, but one cannot come away from exposure to such information without asking how in the world could things have gotten so utterly far out of control over such an expansive time horizon?
From there, as one continues their journey by continually forming an endless battery of questions following each new discovery of similarly suitable explanations, typically, as so many have before them, one inevitably finds oneself arriving at what most would characterize as off-the-wall conspiracy theories.
Not so fast:
Although we highly recommend following one's own individual pathways of research in the process of discovery, to save you the time and trouble in reaching the specific inevitable destination known as "secret societies" or "conspiracy theories," we thought it appropriate to cut to the chase and point you directly to the root from which such beliefs manifest.
It all centers on Carroll Quigley (November 9, 1910 - January 3, 1977) an American historian and theorist of the evolution of civilizations. Noted for his teaching work as a professor at Georgetown University, for his academic publications, and for his research on secret societies, it is Quigley's firsthand experience and account of such societies, which renders the concept an empirically viable truth.
One distinctive feature of Quigley's historical writings was his assertion that secret societies have played a significant role in recent world history. His writing on this topic has made Quigley famous among many who investigate conspiracy theories. Quigley's views are particularly notable because the majority of reputable academic historians profess skepticism about conspiracy theories.
Quigley's claims about the Secret Society or Milner Group
In his book The Anglo-American Establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden, written in 1949 but published posthumously in 1981, Quigley purports to trace the history of a secret society founded in 1891 by Cecil Rhodes and Alfred Milner. The society consisted of an inner circle ("The Society of the Elect") and an outer circle ("The Association of Helpers"). The society as a whole does not have a fixed name:
This society has been known at various times as Milner's Kindergarten, as the Round Table Group, as the Rhodes crowd, as The Times crowd, as the All Souls group, and as the Cliveden set. ... At the time, Quigley referred to it as the Milner Group stating, those persons who have used other names, or heard them used, have not generally been aware that all these various terms referred to the same Group.
Within his writings, Quigley stated, "It is not easy for an outsider to write the history of a secret group of this kind, but, since no insider is going to do it, an outsider must attempt it. It should be done, for this Group is, as I shall show, one of the most important historical facts of the twentieth century."
"Quigley also stated, "I know of the operation of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960's, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies... but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known."
In addition, other secret societies discussed briefly in Quigley's Tragedy and Hope, included a consortium of the leaders of the central banks of several countries, who formed the Bank for International Settlements.
If you have trouble believing Quigley, perhaps a few words from the late John F. Kennedy will suffice to convince you further that the realm of conspiracy is by no means limited to that of theory.
We suspect that what we have provided thus far is more than enough to ignite the fire of inquiry and quest toward knowledge for the majority of readers. We shall end this introduction with an array of graphics, notables, and quotes we suspect might raise the flame a bit higher.
"Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world."
"Inflation, especially a slow steady rise in prices, encourages producers, because it means that they can commit themselves to costs of production on one price level and then, later, offer the finished product for sale at a somewhat higher price level. This situation encourages production because it gives confidence of an almost certain profit margin." - Carroll Quigley
"For the first time in its history, Western Civilization is in danger of being destroyed internally by a corrupt, criminal ruling cabal, which is centered around the Rockefeller interests, which include elements from the Morgan, Brown, Rothschild, Du Pont, Harriman, Kuhn-Loeb, and other groupings as well. This junta took control of the political, financial, and cultural life of America in the first two decades of the twentieth century." - Carroll Quigley
In June 1979, an unknown person or persons under the pseudonym R. C. Christian hired Elberton Granite Finishing Company to build the structure illustrated below known as the Georgia Guidestones. In 2008, the stones were defaced with polyurethane paint and graffiti with slogans such as "Death to the new world order."
More Quigley quotes: "One of their less obvious characteristics was that central banks remained as private unincorporated firms, usually partnerships, until relatively recently, offering no shares, no reports, and usually no advertising to the public. This risky status, which deprived them of limited liability, was retained, in most cases, until modern inheritance taxes made it essential to surround such family wealth with the immortality of corporate status for tax-avoidance purposes.
"This persistence of central banks as private firms continued because it ensured the maximum of anonymity and secrecy to persons of tremendous public power who dreaded public knowledge of their activities."
"The influence of financial capitalism and of the international bankers who created it was exercised both on business and on governments, but could have done neither if it had not been able to persuade both these to accept two "axioms" of its own ideology. Both of these were based on the assumption that politicians were too weak and too subject to temporary popular pressures to be trusted with control of the money system; accordingly, the sanctity of all values and the soundness of money must be protected in two ways: by basing the value of money on gold and by allowing bankers to control the supply of money. To do this it was necessary to conceal, or even to mislead, both governments and people about the nature of money and its methods of operation."
Authors note: At present and for the last several decades, central banks around the world have abandoned Gold entirely as a value backing of the money, for which they have an exclusive monopoly to produce.
"In most countries, the central bank was surrounded closely by the almost invisible private investment banking firms. These, like the planet Mercury, could hardly be seen in the dazzle emitted by the central bank, which they, in fact, often dominated. Yet a close observer could hardly fail to notice the close private associations between these private, international bankers and the central bank itself."
"The powers of governments over the quantity of money are of various kinds, and include (a) control over a central bank, (b) control over public taxation, and (c) control over public spending. The control of governments over central banks varies greatly from one country to another, but on the whole has been increasing. Since most central banks have been (technically) private institutions, this control is frequently based on custom rather than on law."
"Naturally, the influence of bankers over governments during the age of financial capitalism (roughly 1850-1931) was not something about which anyone talked freely, but it has been admitted frequently enough by those on the inside."
"The Council on Foreign Relations is the American branch of a society which originated in England [and] believes national boundaries should e obliterated and one-world rule established." - Carroll Quigley, Key excerpts from Carroll Quigley
The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy. - Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope
If indeed such powers exist, is there an "endgame" to such madness? If so, we must find out what such an endgame might be and pass on the torch of truth to all who such an endgame might adversely affect.
Open part-II of this article for more in-depth study on this topic. In honor of the 2012 Olympics, let us pass on the torch of truth and let the real games begin.