Beck Uses Quigley Quote About Political Parties


alt On last night’s TV show Glenn Beck spent most of the first segment of his show discussing how similar the Democratic and Republican parties have become in recent years. To help his audience understand how this has come about Beck used a famous quote from Carroll Quigley’s infamous book Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, which was published in 1966.

Here’s a screen shot from last night’s show that shows how prominently Beck displayed the quote.


Here’s a video clip of the first segment of last night’s show. The part about Quigley’s quote begins at about the 6 minute 30 second mark.

altFor longtime members of The John Birch Society (JBS) this quote from Quigley and even Beck’s mention of Quigley himself is like encountering an old friend after a long separation. Writers for JBS publications have been quoting from Quigley for over 40 years now. JBS President John F. McManus has almost singlehandedly popularized Quigley’s quote among grassroots constitutionalists during the last couple decades. One example of this is “Beyond the Obama Agenda” by John F. McManus, posted at on November 25, 2008. Furthermore, The John Birch Society has been selling Tragedy and Hope for over 40 years.

If you’re interested in getting a quick tour of the famous quotes from Tragedy and Hope along with Bill Clinton’s famous (among conservatives) mention of Quigley in his acceptance speech at the 1992 Democratic National Convention and some of the story behind the creation of the Council on Foreign Relations and the United Nations, here’s a useful 6 min. 30 sec. video. Just remember this video, “Carroll Quigley: Our Tragedy and Their Hope,” was not produced by the JBS, and don’t let the music scare you.

Perhaps we’ll be seeing more quotes from Carroll Quigley on Beck’s show in the weeks and months to come.

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