Antony C. Sutton

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Antony C. Sutton
Born Antony Cyril Sutton
(1925-02-14)February 14, 1925
London, United Kingdom
Died June 17, 2002(2002-06-17) (aged 77)
United States
Occupation Writer
Nationality British and American
Alma mater University of Southampton, England
Genre Non-fiction
Subject history, economics, politics
Notable works America’s Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones (1983)

Antony Cyril Sutton (14 February 1925 – 17 June 2002) was a British and American economist, historian, professor, and writer. He has contributed articles to Human Events, The Review of the News, Triumph, Ordnance, and many other journals.[1]


Born in London in 1925, Sutton relocated to California in 1957 and became a U.S. citizen in 1962.[2] he studied at the universities of London, Göttingen, and California[3] and received his D.Sc. from the University of Southampton. Sutton then received an economics professorship at California State University, Los Angeles and a research fellowship at Stanford University's Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace from 1968 to 1973. During his time at the Hoover Institution, he wrote the major study Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development (in three volumes), arguing that the West played a major role in developing the Soviet Union from its very beginnings up until the then-present year of 1970. Sutton argued that the Soviet Union's technological and manufacturing base, which was then engaged in supplying the Viet Cong, was built by United States corporations and largely funded by US taxpayers. Steel and iron plants, the GAZ automobile factory, a Ford subsidiary in eastern Russia, and many other Soviet industrial enterprises were built with the help or technical assistance of the United States or US corporations. He argued further that the Soviet Union's acquisition of MIRV technology was made possible by receiving (from US sources) machining equipment for the manufacture of precision ball bearings, necessary to mass-produce MIRV-enabled missiles.

In 1973, Sutton published a popularized, condensed version of the sections of the forthcoming third volume relevant to military technology called National Suicide: Military Aid to the Soviet Union after which he was forced out of the Hoover Institution.[4] His conclusion from his research on the issue was that the conflicts of the Cold War were "not fought to restrain communism" since the United States, through financing the Soviet Union "directly or indirectly armed both sides in at least Korea and Vietnam" but the wars were organised in order "to generate multibillion-dollar armaments contracts."[5]

The update to the text, The Best Enemy Money Can Buy, looked at the role of military technology transfers up to the 1980s.[6] Appendix B of that text contained the text of his 1972 testimony before Subcommittee VII of the Platform Committee of the Republican Party in which he summarized the essential aspects of his overall research:

In a few words: there is no such thing as Soviet technology. Almost all — perhaps 90–95 percent — came directly or indirectly from the United States and its allies. In effect the United States and the NATO countries have built the Soviet Union. Its industrial and its military capabilities. This massive construction job has taken 50 years. Since the Revolution in 1917. It has been carried out through trade and the sale of plants, equipment and technical assistance.[7]

Sutton's next three major published books (Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, Wall Street and FDR and Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler) detailed Wall Street's involvement in the Bolshevik Revolution to destroy Russia as an economic competitor and turn it into "a captive market and a technical colony to be exploited by a few high-powered American financiers and the corporations under their control"[8] as well as its decisive contributions to the rise of Adolf Hitler and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose policies he assessed as being essentially the same "corporate socialism," planned by the big corporations.[9] Sutton concluded that it was all part of the economic power elites' "long-range program of nurturing collectivism"[5] and fostering "corporate socialism" in order to ensure "monopoly acquisition of wealth" because it "would fade away if it were exposed to the activity of a free market."[10]

In his view, the only solution to prevent such abuse in the future was that "a majority of individuals declares or acts as if it wants nothing from government, declares it will look after its own welfare and interests" or, specifically, if "a majority finds the moral courage and the internal fortitude to reject the something-for-nothing con game and replace it by voluntary associations, voluntary communes, or local rule and decentralized societies."[5]

In Sutton's own words he was "persecuted but never prosecuted" for his research and subsequent publication of his findings.

In the early 1980s, Sutton used a combination of public-domain information on Skull and Bones (such as Yale yearbooks) and previously unreleased documents sent to him by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt whose father was a Skull and Bones member to speculate that it had played an important role in coordinating the political and economic relationships underlying the historical events Sutton wrote of in his previous works.[citation needed] He published his speculations as America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull and Bones, which, according to Sutton, was his most important work.[11]

In his book Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era (New York: Viking Press;1970), Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote:

For impressive evidence of Western participation in the early phase of Soviet economic growth, see Antony C. Sutton's Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development: 1917–1930, which argues that 'Soviet economic development for 1917–1930 was essentially dependent on Western technological aid' (p.283), and that 'at least 95 per cent of the industrial structure received this assistance.' (p. 348).

Professor Richard Pipes, of Harvard, said in his book, Survival Is Not Enough: Soviet Realities and America's Future (Simon & Schuster;1984):

In his three-volume detailed account of Soviet Purchases of Western Equipment and Technology ... Sutton comes to conclusions that are uncomfortable for many businessmen and economists. For this reason his work tends to be either dismissed out of hand as 'extreme' or, more often, simply ignored. (p. 290)

The description on the back flap of the dust jacket of Sutton's 1976 book by ‘76 Press, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, reveals that Sutton was then working on a forthcoming two-part study of the Federal Reserve System and the War on Gold to be published by ‘76 Press in 1977. When The War on Gold was released the following year in 1977, the dust jacket description announced the follow-up book, The Paper Factory, would be published in 1978, but this book was never released.




File:The War on Gold, by Antony C. Sutton (‘76 Press, 1976).jpg
Sutton’s 1976 study of “the past, present, and future of the metal that Keynesian economists and political schemers have denounced as a ‘barbaric relic.’”[1]
  • Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development: 1917–1930 (Hoover Institution, 1968) (Internet Archive)
  • Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development: 1930–1945 (1971) (Internet Archive)
  • Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development: 1945–1965 (1973) (Internet Archive)
  • National Suicide: Military Aid to the Soviet Union (1973)
  • What Is Libertarianism? (1973)
  • Wars and Revolutions, Part One: 1820 to 1900 (1973)
  • Wars and Revolutions, Part Two: 1900 to 1972 (1973)
  • Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution (1974; 1981; 1999) (Another English Version) (Russian version)
  • Wall Street and FDR (1975, 1999) (Source)
  • Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler (1976, 1999) (PDF)
  • The War on Gold: How to Profit from the Gold Crisis (1977; 1979)
  • Energy: The Created Crisis (1979)
  • The Diamond Connection: A manual for investors (1979)
  • Trilaterals Over Washington — Volume I (1979; with Patrick M. Wood)
  • Trilaterals Over Washington — Volume II (1980; with Patrick M. Wood)
  • Gold vs Paper: A cartoon history of inflation (1981; 1997)
  • Investing in Platinum Metals (1982)
  • Technological Treason: A catalog of U.S. firms with Soviet contracts, 1917–1982 (1982)
  • America's Secret Establishment: An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones (1983; 1986; 2002) (Internet Archive)
  • An Introduction to the Order (1983; 1984; 1986)
  • The Secret Cult of the Order (1983; 1984; 1986)
  • How the Order Controls Education (1985; 1986)
  • How the Order Creates War and Revolution (1985) (Russian Version, Source)
  • The Best Enemy Money Can Buy (2000) (Source)
  • The Two Faces of George Bush (1988)
  • The Federal Reserve Conspiracy (1995) (Internet Archive) (Russian Edition)
  • Trilaterals Over America (1995) (Russian Edition)
  • Gold For Survival (1996)
  • Cold Fusion: Secret Energy Revolution (1997; 1998)
  • The View from 4-Space (1998; 2015)


See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sutton, Antony (1976). The War on Gold. Seal Beach, CA: ‘76 Press. ISBN 0892450088.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "National Suicide" (video). Interview with Prof. Antony C. Sutton. 1973. Retrieved 2019-02-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Sutton, Antony (1976). Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler (1st ed.). Seal Beach, CA: ‘76 Press. pp. Jacket. ISBN 0892450045. Antony C. Sutton was educated at the universities of London, Göttingen, and California.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Millegan (ed.), Kris (2004). Fleshing Out Skull and Bones. Walterville, OR: Trine Day. p. 89. ISBN 0-9752906-0-6.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, Chapter 12
  6. "The Best Enemies Money Can Buy" (video). Interview with Prof. Antony C. Sutton. 1980. Retrieved 2016-08-05.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution, Chapter XI
  9. Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, Chapter 8
  10. Wall Street and FDR, Chapter 12.
  11. Sutton, Anthony C. (1983). America's Secret Establishment:An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones. TrineDay. p. Author's Preface. ISBN 0972020748. Retrieved 30 August 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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