I post this for discussion. I like Carlyle. I like Ruskin. I like Morris. I can summon sympathy for personalities, men like Shaw. Modernism 1880-2020 captures my interest. True post-modernism is after the Democide. We fully become Cannibals.
First though the Roundtables.
The American Round Table
The existence of an American Round Table was disclosed in The Anglo-American Establishment by Carroll Quigley, a professor (now deceased) in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the mentor of President Bill Clinton:
In the middle of 1890s Rhodes had a personal income of at least a million pounds sterling a year (then about $5,000,000) which was spent so freely for his mysterious purposes that he was usually overdrawn on his account. ...These purposes centered on his desire to federate the English-speaking peoples and to bring all the habitable portions of the world under their control. For this purpose Rhodes left part of his great fortune to found the Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford...The power and influence of the Rhodes-Milner group in British imperial affairs and in foreign policy since 1889, although not widely recognized, can hardly be exaggerated...The American branch of this English Establishment extended much of its influence through five American newspapers (The New York Times, New York Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, and the lamented Boston Evening Transcript).
Early members of the American Round Table resemble a partial listing ofWho's Who in the Elite.The following names were supplied by Eric Samuelson: "Those identified as American Round Table members by Quigley are just a handful. Road Show 1 lists Morgan, Rockefeller and Carnegie. Also Col. House, Paul Warburg and Benjamin Strong. Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study was research and development project center in U.S. Other American Round Table members: Thomas W. Lamont (J.P. Morgan), George Louis Beer, Walter Lippmann, Frank Aydelotte, Whitney Shepardson and Jerome D. Greene."
Ron Chernow describes the Anglophile nature of the House of Morgan and the Wall Street establishment: "From its inception, the House of Morgan had been Anglo-American in spirit and character. The Great War, in particular, fused the London and New York banks in a belief in Anglo-American responsibility for peace and prosperity. Morgan partners subscribed to an idea expressed by Walter Lippman in 1915 that U.S. foreign policy would experience a 'crowning disaster' if uninformed by a 'vision of the Anglo-American future.' (The House of Morgan, p. 430)
Putting into practice the principles of Social Darwinism, "for peace and prosperity," the chairman of J.P. Morgan and Company, Thomas Lamont, secured a $100 million loan in 1926 for Mussolini, whose success as fascist dictator of Italy and aggression against Ethiopia would inspire Adolf Hitler. Although American statesmen deplore the genocide of the past, Secetary of Defense, William Cohen, who conducts the current war against Yugoslavia with Great Britain, is also chair of the George Louis Beer Prize, named for the U.S. point man for the Cecil Rhodes Round Table from 1915-18.