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Many (most?) Birch Society members (and like-minded souls) continue to believe that Gary Allen's book, "None Dare Call It Conspiracy" is a perfectly reliable source of information.

Below I present an analysis of some comments made by Gary Allen and by W. Cleon Skousen in their books which rely upon the research of Dr. Carroll Quigley --- particularly with reference to Alfred Milner, Jacob Schiff and related matters.

First, let's briefly recap a few facts:

(a) Neither Gary Allen or Cleon Skousen contacted Quigley despite the fact that they rely heavily upon his research.

(b) Neither Allen or Skousen examined the primary source data which Quigley saw -- nor any other primary source material on Milner or Schiff.

(c) So, when trying to present an historically accurate, truthful, and factual case regarding the motives, convictions, and behavior of people like Alfred Milner or Jacob Schiff - WHOM did Allen and Skousen rely upon for their data? What sources of data do they present as knowledgeable and reliable?

For purposes of illustration, imagine for a moment that a friend of yours recommends that you read a book written by Joe Smith and your friend declares that the Smith book is factual and "a real eye-opener" regarding "what's really going on" in our country. Your friend loans you his copy of the book.

Suppose that when you open the book, you discover that Joe Smith is an official of the Ku Klux Klan and the publisher of his book is a Klan publishing house. Furthermore, when you do some on-line research, you notice that the ONLY way you can obtain the book is by purchasing it directly from the Klan, or from other white supremacy organizations.

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What would be your initial reaction to that set of circumstances?

Let's now turn our attention to Gary Allen's book, pages 69-70 where he writes the following:

"One of the best sources of information on the financing of the Bolshevik Revolution is 'Czarism and the Revolution' by an important White Russian General named Arsene de Goulevitch who was founder in France of the Union of Oppressed Peoples."

(1) How does Gary Allen know that DeGoulevitch is "one of the best sources of information on the financing of the Bolshevik Revolution"?

(2) What is Allen's judgment based upon? Why does he recommend DeGoulevitch? In fact, WHO IS  DeGoulevitch?

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(3) All that Gary tells us is that DeGoulevitch was a White Russian General who lived in Paris and he founded the Union of Oppressed Peoples.

(4) The original edition of DeGoulevitch's book was published in Paris in 1931. The only English-language edition was published in 1962 by Omni Publications which now operates as Omni Christian Book Club.

(5) Why would it take 31 years for a book to be published in English?

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I am retired and particularly interested in the intellectual origins and history of contemporary conspiracy-oriented organizations and their assertions. 25+ years ago I began requesting FBI (and other agency) files and documents pertaining to (more...)

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Ernie, In your first OpEdNews article, Purpose of... by reasonableperson on Sunday, Jan 27, 2008 at 5:15:53 PM
Paul --- thanks for your thoughtful questions!&nbs... by ernie1241 on Monday, Jan 28, 2008 at 9:36:38 AM
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