Much of the material in this little book has already been published, in one form or another, in Behind the News, a monthly newsletter produced by Ivor Benson and airmailed as a personal service to a widening circle of subscribers all over the world.
The book will, therefore, serve as an introduction to the newsletter which provides a running commentary on important news of the day, filling in some of the missing facts and combining all in a picture of the contemporary scene which makes sense.
So you see ... that the world is governed by very different personages to what is imagined by those who are not themselves behind the scenes. - Benjamin Disraeli, former Prime Minister of England.
THERE are only two ways of trying to explain contemporary history.
One is that history is the product of blind chance, or of forces entirely outside our control.
This has been called "the idiot theory of history" and is promoted most zealously by the mass media of the Liberal Establishment all over the world.
The other view is that while it is true accident or chance always have some contribution to make to the end rest-it, much of what has been happening in the world, and continues to happen, can only be explained as the product of ingenious long-range planning.
Leftists who continue to attack what they like to describe as "the much-discredited conspiracy theory" need to catch up with their own leftist reading.
What they don't seem to know is that one of the greatest living spokesmen of the left, Dr. Carroll Quigley, Professor of History at the Foreign Service School at Georgetown University, U.S.A., and a highly placed Liberal Establishment "insider", has bluntly admitted the truth of what conservatives have been saying for years.
In his massive book "Tragedy and Hope - a History of the World in our Time", Dr. Quigley writes:
"I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for 20 years and was permitted for two years, in the early l 960'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 1 believe its role in history is significant enough to be known" (P 953).
Dr. Quigley speaks with authority when he admits that the super-capitalists of this "network" have worked in close partnership with Communists and Socialists in the United States, explaining, however, that "the power' these energetic leftists exercised was never their own power or Communist power but was ultimately the power of the international financial coterie".
This. too, leading conservatives have been saying for years Communism is not a power in its own right, but is only an instrument, or part of a much bigger conspiracy.
Another Liberal Establishment "insider", Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, President of Columbia University, nominated for that post by J. P. Morgan and Co. of Wall Street, has made this interesting pronouncement: "The world is divided into three kinds of people - a very small group that makes things happen, a somewhat larger group that watches things happen, and a great multitude that never knows what has happened".
It is the purpose of this little book to increase the number of those who watch things happen and understand what they see.
These, after all, are the only ones who can hope to be able to influence the way things happen.
And it goes without saying that the few who make things happen would much rather not be watched at all.
Surely, then, we have only ourselves to blame if, knowing all this, we finish up confused, sick at heart and powerless, with that great multitude that never knows what has happened.