The companion book to Skousen’s more widely known work, The Naked Communist. This volume – published in 1970 and titled The Naked Capitalist – is a review and commentary on a particular section of yet another book called Tragedy and Hope, by Dr. Carroll Quigley.
Skousen was a lawyer, author, university professor, lecturer, and former FBI agent who was gravely concerned about communist subversion here in the US. He was a great American and patriot. Quigley has a pretty impressive resume’ as well, but after you scratch the surface of his polished veneer he’s actually a pretty disturbing guy. Here’s a little background on Doctor Quigley:
Quigley was a history professor at Georgetown who also worked for the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Navy. He claimed to be a “conservative” champion of Western Civilization, yet he was a strong proponent of “Inclusive Diversity” – a concept that sounds like it was taken directly from the insane communist ramblings of the Cultural Marxists at The Frankfurt School. Here Quigley expounds on the subject:
“it is clear that the West believes in diversity rather than in uniformity, in pluralism rather than in monism or dualism, in inclusion rather than exclusion, in liberty rather than in authority, in truth rather than in power, in conversion rather than in annihilation, in the individual rather than in the organization, in reconciliation rather than in triumph, in heterogeneity rather than in homogeneity, in relativisms rather than in absolutes, and in approximations rather than in final answers.”
How anyone can be in favor of both “truth” AND “relativisms” is beyond me, as it is my assertion that the two are diametrically opposed to one another. Quigley also laments the “evils of McCarthyism”, which doesn’t seem too “conservative” in my book. Anyway, I digress.
One person of note who became a big fan of Quigley was a young fellow by the name of William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, who studied under him at Georgetown, and who later went on to frequently cite him as a man of profound influence on his life and career.
Something that must be taken into account here is that Quigley’s book was never meant for public consumption by “Joe Six-Pack”. Tragedy and Hope is a book meant for career academics and other assorted boorish elites to chat about over a nice single-malt scotch in smoke-filled back rooms. What Skousen did was critique Quigley’s work and expose what he believed to be an earth-shattering confession on how a ruthless clique of wealthy globalists, academics, and politicians conspire to control capitalist financial markets, and – more importantly – to create an “illusion of choice” in politics that would quell the grumblings of the hated plebs that they rule over with contempt. Skousen argues that while on the surface the elites that make up both “left” and “right” might seem at odds publicly, they are both working in unison behind the scenes and against the person they consider to be their common enemy – you.
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