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There is a relationship between Finance, Centralization, and World Hegemony. Until thes outbreak of the First World War, money appeared to be a mere mechanism. But the arrangements made to finance the war reveal that the money system was in fact the vehicle of a POLICY, and that that policy was the CENTRALIZATION of power leading progressively to World Government. Prior to the outbreak of war, Great Britain was the CENTRE of world financial control; with the war, financial control was transferred to New York and from there used to dismantle the British Empire which, by reason of British traditions and the Anglo-Saxon character, had been the great barrier to World Dominion by those operating through the world financial system. The fall of the British Empire was a FINANCIAL accomplishment, not a military one. But the terms of 'peace' imposed on 'victorious' Britain are those which might have been expected following military DEFEAT.

But the Power which emerged into the open in this century had its birth long before that. It was incubated in the Secret Societies of Europe, appeared briefly in the French Revolution, and spread to Britain in the form of Fabianism, and to America in the form of various Socialist societies. Following the first phase of the war, it openly took over Russia, and since has visibly spread as International Communism until it has taken over the greater part of the globe.

Current history, which looks episodic, is in fact the culminating stages of a very long-term policy moving internationally, but visible only in the long perspective of time.

What we think we see is often an illusion intentionally presented, like the conjuror who would have you to believe he holds an orange in his right hand, when it is actually in his left hand. Citizens of the world, whether their sympathies are left-wing or right-wing, monarchist or republican, have been used as pawns in their game of Hegelian psychology by the hidden hand that rules. In reality, the orange is in neither left nor right hand.

The Hegelian dialectic process is the notion that conflict creates history. From this axiom it follows that controlled conflict can create a predetermined history. For example when the Trilateral Commission discusses 'managed conflict', as it does extensively in its literature, it implies the managed use of conflict for long run predetermined ends - not for the mere random exercise of manipulative control to solve a problem. The dialectic takes this Trilateral 'managed conflict' process one step further. In Hegelian terms, an existing force generates a counterforce . Conflict between the two forces results in the forming of a synthesis. Then the process starts all over again: Thesis vs. antithesis results in synthesis.

It's like two companies with undisclosed common stockholding submitting competitive tenders for a project on a site for which their stockholder has different plans altogether. Whatever the outcome, the stockholder is in beneficial control.

Question: Which of the following is true about the fall of the British Empire?
United States of America played a very important role in triggering the fall of the British Empire
The fall of the British Empire was a military accomplishment, not a financial one
Great Britain controlled the world financial system prior to the start of the first world war
None of the above
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Option # 4

Question: Which of the following can be inferred about Communism?
Russia was the birth place of Communism
It was the result of the French Revolution
Both a and b
None of the above
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Option # 4

Question: Which of the following is least likely to be an example of ‘dialectic process’?
The argument between two lawyers in the court room
The discussion between two scientists over a certain natural phenomenon
A religious discourse delivered by a religious scholar
A polemicist’s article on a contentious issue
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Option # 3

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