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The Secret Origins of World War I
The Covert Group That Deliberately Engineered The 1914-1918 Bloodbath
By Marc Roland
Few books deserve more attention than a brief review, but this one is an exception. Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War stands among the most explosively important revelations of our time,1 and not only because it identifies the men responsible for butchering more than 18 million human beings, 100 years ago.
A more relevant exposé presented by authors Gerry Docherty and Jim Macgregor is their uncovering the roots of a covert group that deliberately engineered the 1914-1918 war as an initial step toward global domination in our time: After a century of propaganda, lies and brainwashing about the First World War, cognitive dissonance renders us too uncomfortable to bear the truth that it was a small, socially advantaged group of self-styled English race patriots, backed by powerful industrialists and financiers in Britain and the United States, who caused the first world war. …
A secret society of rich and powerful men was established in London in 1891 with the long-term aim of taking control of the entire world. The authors base this historical accusation on 69 pages of source materials that substantiate each one of Hidden History’s assertions and claims. Fortunately, their monumental research is delivered in a free-flowing, narrative style, gathering momentum with every successive page, carrying even (especially) well-informed readers along at an increasingly breathless pace from one astounding, previously concealed dis closure to the next. In so doing, our understanding of the past is fundamentally altered and magnified, yet within the parameters of what we have long known or suspected to be true.
Our first surprise is John Ruskin, England’s most influential thinker during the late 19th century, when his numerous, famous lectures elevated the intercontinental triumph of British imperialism to sacred mission status. With convincing eloquence, Ruskin idealized the empire, “which he believed should be spread to the masses across the Englishspeaking world. … He advocated that the control of the state should be restricted to a small, ruling class. Social order was to be built upon the authority of superiors, imposing upon inferiors an absolute, unquestioning obedience. He was repelled by … the leveling of distinctions between class and class, man and man, and the disintegration of the ‘rightful’ authority of the ruling class,” which alone deserved to govern all humanity.
Ruskin’s dramatic vision of an outside world colonized by big-business empire-builders fired the imagination of an entire generation with the glorious prospect of global expansionism. Among his devout followers was another famous Englishman— the Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos of his day—who would eventually acquire enough southern African territory to be named after him: Rhodesia.2
Affirmed Cecil Rhodes: If there be a God, I think that what He would like me to do is paint as much of the map of Africa British red as possible. … To and for the establishment, promotion and development of a secret society, the true aim and object whereof shall be for 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 where the means of livelihood are attainable by energy, labor and enterprise, and especially the occupation by British settlers of the entire continent of Africa, the Holy Land, the valley of the Euphrates, the Islands of Cyprus and Candia, the whole of South America, the islands of the Pacific not heretofore possessed by Great Britain, the whole of the Malay archipelago, the seaboard of China and Japan, the ultimate recovery of the United States of America as an integral part of the British 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 render wars impossible, and promote the best interests of humanity. “Remember that you are an Englishman,” he told his fellow conspirators, “and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life. I contend that we are the first race in the world, and that the more of the world we inhabit, the better it is for the human race.”