False Carroll Quigley Quote

“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

No source found. Supposedly from 'Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time' (1966)

Ratings and Comments

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

I think we need some quotes from the rest of her book. Here we are only getting the Tragedy Part, where is the Hope Part. She says this junta took control not later than 1920, she wrote this 46 years later in 1966, it is now 2008 42 years since her prophesy. A total of 88 years have elapsed since the junta took control. When or when is this internal destruction to occur? The resilience of the American economy and people are not so easily destroyed. I am sure folks like Billy Yank will be confused and dazzled by my response here because it is not the music he wants to hear. Rather then destroying us internally some of these guys gave us Rockefeller Center in New York, The Winterthur Museum in Delaware (Du Pont) and were the preservators of Colonial Williamsburg.

jim k, austin

And their willing henchmen are Pelosi, Reed, Feinstein, Boxer, Biden, both the Bushes and most of the rest of the bunch inside the beltway. A good housecleaning is in order.

Billy Yank, Boston

Waffer. The reason that you get such negative feedback here is that you don't listen to anyone, and you don't respect anyone's right to differ with you. Then when someone points out something out to you that you said, you deny that you said it. Even though your words are in print and can be verified. Then you get mad and start calling names like a school child. Note: I am an uneducated, ignorant, scum. This from a good christian man. Sad, so sad.

E Archer, NYC

Quigley is right on, and Waffler, as usual, is right off -- the only dazzle is in his brain which wouldn't know a fact if it hit him in the face. BTW, Carroll is a MAN, and quite well known. Billy, just ignore Waffler, he is here to 'save' us from ourselves and no one needs to point out his attempted misdirection in order to cover up his lack of intelligence -- it is all too obvious to everyone except himself. One minute he will admit that the country is ladened with an unpayable debt, the next he cries for a bail out for the very folks that benefit from the debt monopoly -- who got bailed out? The "junta' Quigley mentions in this quote -- some are even the original shareholders of the Fed (JP Morgan, Kuhn Loeb, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Lehman Brothers, and other prime banking institutions owned by the folks listed in Quigley's quote).

Mike, Norwalk

Extremely accurate. For anyone who's done any depth of research, the pretty buildings won't get in the way of understanding Quigley's quote. The Constitutional Republic, as guaranteed in Article IV Section 4, has been destroyed internally, it no longer exists.

Logan, Memphis, TN

First of all, Quigley was a man; secondly, the entire book follows the premise of the quote above. The goal is not merely to "destroy" everything, but to overthrow a world economy without total chaos and mayhem. David Rockefeller, in his own autobiography "Memoirs", stated that the Rockefeller family had been involved in "secret cabals working against the best interests of the United States" and also in "conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic system--one world, if you will" (Memoirs, pg 405). Quigley, as well as others, say that it would be impossible to move the world into a one world government all at once; it is necessary to group the regions of the world off first by alliances, treaties, State unions, etc. From here, an international disaster would be artificially created -- supposedly through the banking, monetary, and financial center, because this is where these banking men have greatest and easiest influence -- and then these partitioned alliances, unions, treaties, etc. would combine together to create a one world economic government; this itself creates and opens the door to a political one world government to regulate the newly created one world economic system. Time is arbitrary in creating such a system; idealists aren't so much concerned with the here and now. As reported by "Matrix of Power", Rockefeller further said in the early 1990's to the Trilateral Commission concerning the establishment of a one-world government: "We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the work is now much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a World Government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries." For almost 40 years? Some of the greatest despots in history gave us the greatest structures and economies we've known; mere endowments to society does not prove the measure of a man. Regardless of the "reality" of this quote, Quigley was Bill Clinton's stated mentor; as I stated, this quote is the premise of everything Quigley operated under.

Mike, Norwalk

Thanks Logan

Richard, Salem, IL

Mr Logan, Thank you. Now you have me on a quest. Wow, I have thought about these things now and in the past, but the way you have put them together has my mind spinning.

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

Billy Yank you know a thing or two about name calling, and you started it with me. Your confusion and bedazzlement is simply the fact that you are blinded by the bright light of my truth. Since this is liberty-tree I assume I am not suppose to be in lock step with these guys. There is a cabal here that certainly appear to be only goose stepping Rush Limbaughites.

E Archer, NYC

You've really bedazzled us with your bright light of truth, Waffler. (gag)

wil, berkeley

We haven't so much as begun to awaken to these monumental underminings of our liberty.

Mary, Largo

I don't think any of the mentioned families are involved in a conspiracy to rule the world. In fact, I think these families stand a good chance of losing everything, if the real evil-doers should take control.

L.D. Forslund, Östersund

Mary Largo, maybe you should commence an investigation into the history of the Rothschilds, DuPonts, and Morgans, before you make such an untruthful statement. These are satanic, devilish, war-manipulating dynastic bloodlines whose sole aspirations is to create a planetary, oligarchical, draconian, state where the little people all are microchipped and living in mega-cities!


I couldn't find this quote in the book either. I just find it interesting that the comments on this are things like "OMG! All thinking Americans need to read this book, it proves the NWO!" but the apprently they didn't even look at the book.

Editor, Liberty Quotes

Thanks, Anonymous. We have not found this quote in Tragedy and Hope or anywhere else. Until a valid source is found, we will tag this quote as 'False.' But throughout the 1966 first edition of Tragedy and Hope, Quigley describes the history of these entities in detail and their common goal for global federation under the control of the international banking oligarchy. Quigley wrote the book as a history book, not as an expose of the New World Order -- he frankly supported the work of the CFR and was a member for many years.


What's your source that Quigley was a member of the CFR? He claimed that he was friends with members of what he called the Round Table Groups, which were linked to CFR, and he was allowed to examine their secret documents. That's not the same as being a member.


Maybe you guys should add this quote too: "None Dare Call It Conspiracy [by Gary Allen] insists that international bankers were a single bloc, were all powerful and remain so today. I, on the contrary, stated in my book that they were much divided, often fought among themselves, had great influence but not control of political life and were sharply reduced in power about 1931-1940, when they became less influential than monopolized industry." The Professor Who Knew Too Much": Rudy Maxa, The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, March 23 1975. (reprinted at carrollquigley.net)

Editor, Liberty Quotes

Maybe people should read the book -- I think that would clear up any doubts. Thanks, Anonymous.

Tony, Taipei

Sounds like a typical left-wing liberal imbued with anti-capitalist sentiment and Marxist ideology!

J Carlton, Calgary

This incestuous cabal of "bankers" is at the heart of every corrupt, anti-Constitutional action taken by our bought and paid for puppet government. Abolish the Fed. Bring back FREE enterprise.

Mary - MI
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Mary - MI    11/8/11

Waffler, in regards to your statement "I think we need some quotes from the rest of her book." Carroll Quigley was a man. So, how smart are you???

Editor, Liberty Quotes

The quote is from the 1st Edition of Tragedy and Hope. However, that book is hard to find, and electronic versions of it have been edited. Quigley himself states that "I am now quite sure that 'Tragedy and Hope' was suppressed although I do not know why or by whom." The 2nd Edition has been severely edited.

Mike, Norwalk

Editor, excellent, thank you !

Byron, Fort Collins

Quigley's got that right!


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