By Alan Mercer
Was the Milner group seeking world government? There are very interesting audio tapes in which Carroll Quigley, a member of the same Establishment, challenges the interpretation that the Rhodes-Milner group he described was seeking world domination. In his books, he focused on their efforts to unite the English speaking nations as one of three power blocs in the world to balance Germany and Russia (and the details of what he has to say about their connection with Germany is extremely important). To me, he seems to be splitting hairs more than once in the interview.
By the way, there is a quote attributed to Quigley on that same page about “one world rule”, and half of this is false according to this site, and I can’t find it in The Anglo-American establishment or Tragedy and Hope.
In any case, in The Anglo-American Establishment, Carroll Quigley quotes the purpose of Cecil Rhodes’ secret society from his first will (1877):
“The extension of British rule throughout the world, the perfecting of a system of emigration from the United Kingdom and of colonization by British subjects of all lands wherein the means of livelihood are attainable by energy, labour, and enterprise, … the ultimate recovery of the United States of America as an integral part of a British Empire, the consolidation of the whole Empire, the inauguration of a system of Colonial Representation in the Imperial Parliament which may tend to weld together the disjointed members of the Empire, and finally the foundation of so great a power as to hereafter render wars impossible and promote the best interests of humanity.” (p. 33, Ch. 3, GSG & Associates)
– which sounds like a world government to me. Rhodes makes dominating the world sound as idealistic as possible. But I bet many world government pushers nowadays are not so happy with the association of their goal with Rhodes and his nasty reputation.
And here is another quote from Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley (same publisher, Part VII, p. 324), about the early twentieth century:
“In addition to these pragmatic goals, the powers of financial capitalism had another far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences. The apex of the system was to be the Bank for International Settlements in Basle, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world’s central banks which were themselves private corporations. …”
I suppose we could investigate how equivalent the Rhodes-Milner group and the resulting Royal Institute of International Affairs and Council on Foreign Relations were to the “powers of financial capitalism”. 80%, 90%, 99%?
But these quotations are enough to back up my point that highly influential aristocratic men in government and finance in English-speaking countries were seeking a type of world government just like socialists H. G. Wells and the Fabian Society.
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