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Tragedy and Hope 101: The Illusion of Justice, Freedom, and Democracy Paperback – April 24, 2014
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In 2003, Joseph Plummer sold his successful Internet-based business and, using the proceeds, embarked on a ten-year, not-for-profit path. His goal: expose the appalling deception and crimes of the world’s ruling elite. Now, ten years later, Tragedy and Hope 101 represents the culmination of his efforts. Based on the groundbreaking research of Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope 101 condenses Quigley’s startling revelations into just a couple hundred pages. If you’ve ever suspected that “democratic governments” and “free markets” can be secretly manipulated and controlled, this book is for you. It will not only confirm your suspicions, it will show you how it’s done. However, if you’ve accepted the schoolhouse version of Western democracy, the meticulously footnoted facts presented in this book are sure to turn your worldview upside down. (Read at your own risk.)
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This is not "conspiracy theory," which is a pejorative term used to smear anyone who raises politically unacceptable issues. The material presented here is largely a matter of public record, with admittedly some speculation, which is unavoidable at certain points due to the secretive nature and power of the individuals and groups under investigation. The author, however, speculates on solid ground, informed by verifiable, historical facts that have been revealed by some of the very people who form what he calls "The Network."
Although Tragedy and Hope 101 does not rise to the level of a scholarly work, it does incorporate the results of scholarly research, most notably the work of Professor Quigley and Dr. Ganser. The book is clearly intended for the lay audience; and, as G. Edward Griffin notes in his introduction, it provides a good starting point for anyone interested in doing further research on the subject.
So what's the subject? The origin of the government's most destructive, bipartisan policies is nothing less than a cabal of ultra-wealthy international bankers, industrialists, pliable politicians, and their intellectual bodyguards (i.e., the propagandists), who, through government agencies, think-tanks (e.g., the Council on Foreign Relations), tax-exempt foundations, and various other "instruments," are pursuing their cherished dream of a one-world state based on the model of collectivism, managed and controlled by them, of course, in their own self-interest. For the sociology students out there exercising their "sociological imagination," these aspiring masters of the universe are akin to what C. Wright Mills calls the "power elite."
And yet, while further research is certainly in order, the core of the book's thesis -- that such a cabal does exist and has been a significant force in international affairs since at least World War I -- is as well established as "the Establishment" itself, with its roots in a secret society founded by Cecil Rhodes and dedicated to the task of bringing all the habitable portions of the world under the control of the British Empire.
Of course, the emphasis of this project has shifted somewhat since the end of World War II, at which point the U.S. became the senior partner in its "special relationship" with Great Britain, when the U.S. became the de facto police force in the so-called "New World Order." The ultimate goal, however, has not changed. The building of a one world state remains the central aim of U.S. foreign policy. It matters little whether all the habitable portions of the Earth are ruled in the name of an Anglo-American Empire, Marxian World Socialism, or "Ingsoc." What truly concerns us is that a bloodthirsty tyranny is being foisted on us by means of propaganda and force, and those who occupy key positions of authority within the U.S. government, on both sides of the aisle, are leading the way to world government. (Note: this necessarily involves the abandonment of the principles of liberty and individual rights enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, as well as the destruction of America as a sovereign country.)
Yes, the information here is unpleasant. But, if your house is on fire, wouldn't you like to know about it? Furthermore, with the knowledge of where the fire is and who the responsible parties are, we are in a better position to put out the fire and prevent it from happening again.
I should also mention that this book reads like a murder mystery, full of unexpected twists and turns, making it quite the page-turner. Generally, I'm a slow reader, but I read the book front to back in a single day. And what makes the book even more interesting is the fact that we, the readers, are deeply involved in the plot. We are the victims.
Whether or not this story has a happy ending depends on us. We can take this information, internalize it, build on it, and disseminate it, so as to reach critical mass in a movement to reverse the trends of centralized power and diminishing individual liberty; or we can stick our heads in the sand, enjoy our "Matrix steaks," and hope for the best. The choice is ours.
After I retired a few years back I had time to nose around the internet and piece together whatever I could that rang true, There are a lot of crackpot theories out there to wade through but rest assured, the information in this book, while it may be shocking to some, WILL ring true when applied to the world we think we know.
This book confirmed much of what I had managed to figure out on my own and added much more depth and specifics. Plummer draws heavily on Carroll Quigley's 1300 page book Tragedy and Hope, some other sources, and makes his own contributions as well, over and above boiling down the massive original. Around 200 pages, written in plain language so even a high school graduate like me doesn't get too bogged down. It's a fascinating read and fairly easily absorbed, especially for someone with some familiarity with the subject. Even so, I expect I will be reading it again soon to reinforce my understanding.
Our current political system appears to give us choices but what it really does is keep us divided, fighting among ourselves, dems blaming repubs and visa versa, never seeing the forest for the trees. Ever notice how even though the faces and political party may change, some things never change, no matter how promising the lip service sounded? We would be better served to see through the political theater that divides us and educate ourselves as to what has really been going on in our country and the world.
In this book, you will learn the origination of a level of power in the world that began over a century ago, the source of that power, how it operates with impunity, with no commonly accepted restrictions like morality and ethics, it's ultimate goal, and what happened in the early 20th century that supercharged it's influence on events throughout the 20th century up through today. Names are named, and specifics given with advice on where to obtain even more in depth info and steps that can be taken to challenge it's grip. Knowledge is power.