Most Soviet Technology Came from the West: Quigley (1966)

Source: Tragedy and Hope, A History of the World in Our Time by Carroll Quigley Volumes 1-8, New York: The Macmillan Company 1966.

This text has been taken from a non-paginated OCR of the book.

Among the elements of the Western tradition which have diffused only very slowly or not at all are a closely related nexus of ideas at the basis of Western ideology. These include Christianity, the scientific outlook, humanitarianism, and the idea of the unique value and rights of the individual. But from this nexus of ideas have sprung a number of elements of material culture of which the most noteworthy are associated with technology. These have diffused readily, even to other societies. This ability of Western technology to emigrate and the inability of the scientific outlook, with which such technology is fairly closely associated, to do so have created an anomalous situation: societies such as Soviet Russia which have, because of lack of the tradition of scientific method, shown little inventiveness in technology are nevertheless

able to threaten Western Civilization by the use, on a gigantic scale, of a technology almost entirely imported from Western Civilization. A similar situation may well develop in any new civilizations which come into existence on the fringes of Asia.

NB: italics added.

 
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Carroll QuigleyNoSnow: The late Carroll Quigley, a former CFR member, as well as a Professor of History at Georgetown University, was allowed to study the papers of the CFR. He later stated in his book, “Tragedy & Hope”:

“The CFR is the American Branch of a society which originated in England, (Royal Institute of International Affairs) and which believes that national boundaries should be obliterated, and a one-world rule established.”

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