Foreword by Ivor Benson
“The world is governed by very different personages to what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes”
- - “Coningsby”, or The New Generation, an English political novel by Benjamin Disraeli, 1844.
In 1951 world-travelled journalist and author, Douglas Reed, had his book “Far and Wide”, published. It is a record of his travels in the United States occupying most of the year 1949. In 1976 Part Two of “Far and Wide" was republished under the title of “Douglas Reed Rediscovered: Behind the Scene”.
Another world-travelled South African journalist and author Ivor Benson wrote a foreword to Part Two “Behind the Scene” and began thus:
‘Europe’, he (Reed) wrote in a foreword, ‘is cut in two and, I believe, will either be wholly crushed into servile oblivion at one more move in the great game, or rise again. . . Much power to sway the decision, either way, has passed from Europe to America, so that I felt an urgent need of the mind to go there. The balance of money-power and manufacture-power has greatly shifted thither; and if the world is governed by very different persons from what those believe who are not behind the scenes (Disraeli’s words) then America is today the land which they will chiefly seek to divide, rule and use for the completion of their plan’. '
Reed’s book falls into two distinct parts. In the first he tells what he saw and heard and experienced during his travels, exercising to the full those brilliant powers of description and narrative which had already brought him fame with books like Insanity Fair, Disgrace Abounding, From Smoke to Smother and Somewhere South of Suez. In Part Two, reproduced in this volume with slight abridgment, he stands back from a vividly clear world-picture of mid-century America and offers an explanation of what he has seen, against the background of all he had learned during 20 years as a foreign correspondent.
‘America’, he wrote, ‘was the essential last stage on my journey of political exploration. I knew all the rest, from Moscow through Berlin to London and Paris, and I believed I had a good notion of what went on in America . . . All those fragments now fitted into the picture of a continuing process, guided by master hands unseen . . .’
It would be hard to improve on Douglas Reed’s own summing-up:
‘Today the scene is set for the third act, intended to complete the process. The money-power and the revolutionary-power have been set up and given sham but symbolic shapes (‘Capitalism’ or ‘Communism’) and sharply defined citadels (‘America’ or ‘Russia’).
Suitably to alarm the mass mind, the picture offered is that of bleak and hopeless enmity and confrontation . . . Such is the spectacle publicly staged for the masses. But what if similar men, with a common aim secretly rule in both camps and propose to achieve their ambition through the clash between those masses? I believe any diligent student of our times will discover that this is the case’.
The signs were clear enough in 1949 for an observer with Douglas Reed’s profound insight and historical flair, but he did not have in his possession the full factual corroboration which is now available.
Far and Wide, especially Part Two of that book, is more important today than when published a quarter of a century ago, because it helps us to understand what has been happening, and arms us in our minds for the final stages of a struggle which involves all mankind.
Douglas Reed knew, as did many others including Winston Churchill, that the Bolshevik Revolution had been financed and masterminded from the West. But he could not have known what we now know: that the Soviet Union’s entire industrial might, including its formidable war machine, has been placed there by Western big business and Western high finance.
Now we know, because the subject has been thoroughly researched by Dr. Antony Sutton, who was for l0 years a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, his main findings having been published by the Institution in three massive volumes.
Sutton has also written books for the general public:
National Suicide, which tells how the Soviet War machine came into existence; and Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, which is the detailed, documented story of the collusion of international bankers and Soviet Communism ever since the Bolshevik Revolution.
One of the recent and most obvious signs of this treacherous collusion is the so-called détente policy, a cunning device with which to ‘explain away’ what can no longer be hidden — the massive transference of vitally necessary aid in technology, food and finance to a Socialist régime which would have collapsed years ago without a constant flow of such aid.
How has it been possible for all this to happen?
The short answer is that we have been disarmed by a cunning which we could not understand because it is the product of an alien, involute (involved/intricate…ed) kind of thinking which is out of register with our own.
Operations of a Third Presence
We cannot understand another unless we can identify ourselves in some way with his motivational system. That means that we need to feel as he feels if we are to understand him. And we find it hard to identify ourselves as Westerners with a motivational system which has its origins in a rancorous hatred of Christian civilisation.
The key to the riddle of that cunning will be found in those words, what if similar men, with a common aim, secretly rule in both camps.
Not only do they rule in the ‘rival’ citadels of Capitalism and Communism. The double-dealing is much deeper and more widespread than that. In every conflict in the West, in every opposition of interests, no matter how seemingly remote from conspiratorial ends, the agents of conspiracy nearly always represent a Third Presence.
Supremely powerful as super-capitalists, their influence and control are equally strong among revolutionary and other radical opponents of capitalism. With supreme impudence, the conspirators send their agents, always well supplied with money, into patriotic, anti-Communistic movements, pre-empting the anti-Communist position, if they can, by setting up bogus anti-Communist movements to draw off support that might otherwise go to genuine organisations.
The method has many variations, but can be briefly explained as follows:
Conspirator ‘C’ notices some signs of a conflict or opposition of interests between ‘A’ and ‘B’. He places his agents in both camps, losing no opportunity of creating division and confusion in both. The first result is the blurring of the issues which separate ‘A’ and ‘B’. ‘C’ now achieves his success not from the victory of either ‘A’ or ‘B’, but as a third and secret consequence of an indeterminate struggle in which neither ‘A’ nor ‘B’ can ever hope to emerge the victor.
This method is employed not only in the great political parties, like the Republican and Democratic in the United States of America, but in every imaginable area of activity — cultural, economic, political, scientific and even religious — the tools frequently employed being this century’s rootless intellectuals and liberals, Communism’s ‘useful idiots’, as Lenin called them.
Nowhere have the operations of a Third Presence been more plainly in evidence in the United States than in the areas of race relations and crime. White revolutionaries, agents of the conspiracy, equally at home in both camps, have stirred the Blacks to a frenzy of hatred against the White community. Working in the same way, they have sought every imaginable means of harnessing crime to political purposes, while at the same time undermining the processes of law enforcement by means of gross leniency in the courts and persistent legalistic harassment of the police.
The entire background of this form of subversion in America has been set out in some detail by Wilmot Robertson in his richly documented book “The Dispossessed Majority”.
The idea is always the same: to paralyse at the centre any vortex of the popular will which could, if left undisturbed, gather force and momentum; in other words, to prevent any genuine polarisation of social or political forces in which people who belong together can work with an undivided will to do what needs to be done.
What happened to Douglas Reed after the publication of Far and Wide would make another exciting story, but the full story has never been told. The subverted West has its own way of dealing with writers who fail to toe the leftist line, a method less dramatic but every bit as effective as any used behind the Iron Curtain.
The re-publication of Part Two of Far and Wide can, therefore, be taken as another of the many signs that there have been important changes since 1951, signs of the commencement of an era of defiant frankness and honesty in the examination and discussion of the world’s escalating problems, signs that the people of the West have begun at last to devise ways and means of penetrating the ‘electrified fences’ which the enemy has erected in the realm of public opinion.
Western investigators and thinkers in increasing numbers are finding the courage to defy the intimidators: scientists such as Dr. R. Gayre, editor of The Mankind Quarterly; Doctors Jensen and Shockley; Dr. Antony Sutton; Dr. Peter Bauer, of the London School of Economics (of all places); and psychologists such as Dr. H.J. Eysenck and Dr. Thomas Szasz.
Among those who deserve special mention are the great Russian writer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn; the American poet, Ezra Pound; and the young American author of Imperium, Francis Parker Yockey, who paid with his life for his brilliant analysis of contemporary history…
The turning of the tide may already have occurred. But we may be sure that a revolutionary movement energised by so much wealth and exploiting so ruthlessly a misguided materialist utopianism, can be halted finally only by a counter-revolutionary movement drawing its power from a genuine religious resurgence.
There is a grim warning in the last few lines of Douglas Reed’s second postscript to Far and Wide, written in July 1951 shortly before the book went to press, in which he made this forecast:
Public men, by the mid-century, had come to fear these inhibitors too much to tempt their wrath, and any who did risk that ire were defamed by so powerful a machine of the spoken and written word that even the masses, after lending an eager ear of hope renewed for an instant, in the nature of masses then dully turned their backs on the speakers and shunned them, thinking they must be evil after all. In that way they were brought again and again to pit themselves against each other, always in the name of ‘freedom’, for their own mutual destruction and enslavement; thus the short-lived but bloody fiasco of the World State came about. Only when they experienced it did they know the truth and rise; and God must have willed it so, for ‘by a divine instinct men’s minds mistrust ensuing danger’.
It is the oldest story in the world. It is the story of Isaiah, of Jeremiah and of Daniel. What, then, is the offence for which our people must be so severely punished? It is the offence of a single-minded pursuit of personal self-interest, neglect of duty, compounded with the offence of abandoning to persecution the prophets who would warn them.