Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#13.16 Peace Revolution Podcast 85

2014-09-22: 085 The Future of Freedom and the History of Western Civilization 

This episode spans nearly 16 hours of audio presentations. It can be divided into two parts. The first part runs to the 11th hour and about 26 minutes and consists of the most intelligent conversations concerning internet (and other) surveillance. The remainder of this episode contains a complete set of lectures by professor Carroll Quigley (1910-1977) author of Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time (1966) and many other extraordinary books. Richard Grove said that he wanted to get this material out in front of other material, interviews etc. that would follow. Yes, we at this blog, divide people into two broad categories, those who have read Quigley and those who haven't. Obviously we consider his work essential reading.

Of the foregoing, there are so many ideas peppered through these presentations, together forming probably the most up-to-date record of where we are concerning the level and extent of surveillance under which we live today. The Quigley lecture is occasionally very difficult to understand (headphones may help) but you will want to hear what he has to say and digest some of his ideas as he really did have his mind on the pulse of what makes the institutions of the modern world work, etc. He understood contemporary ideas against a historical background extending back into ancient times. This is why his work is so outstanding. It would be worthwhile for someone to transcribe these lectures so that we can have a clear idea of what he said. Grove's audio transcription is probably the best we have, but in parts due to Quigley walking away from his podium, it's very difficult to tell what he says right away. At this point we have the record. The next step is to get this record into a reasonable print equivalent for further study. Until then, attempting to listen through this material provides some idea of Quigley's ideas.


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