James Farmelant farmelantj at
Sat Aug 28 04:02:46 PDT 1999

On Sat, 28 Aug 1999 06:46:25 -0400 (EDT) Michael Pollak <mpollak at> writes:
>On Fri, 27 Aug 1999, Doug Henwood wrote:
>> A couple of people asked me to summarize my interview with Mr
>> Stratfor, George Friedman, last night....Among other things he said:
>He also completely sidestepped the ex-CIA question except to say he
>was an
>academic of long standing (aren't all CIA analysts)? And he never
>explained how they get the funds to support the kind of staff that
>turn out this much writing per day. Although I suppose that latter is
>more mysterious than Yahoo economics. They certainly turn out a
>distinctive, addictive and hard to duplicate product.
>Oh, one last mystery -- does any know if the George Friedman that
>_The Intelligence Edge: How to Profit from the Information Age_ and
>Future of War: Power, Technology and American World Dominance in the
>Century_ in the last two years is the same George Friedman that wrote
>Political Philosophy of the Frankfurt School_ in 1981? Sounds like
>perfect intellectual trajectory for a liberal CIA analyst to me :o)

Even more perfect when you consider that one of the leading Frankfurters, Herbert Marcuse was an OSS analyst during

WW II and that when the OSS was replaced by the CIA, he worked for them for several years. Hence the CIA-baiting of Marcuse by the Progressive Labor Party during the 1960s.

Jim Farmelant
>Michael Pollak................New York
>City..............mpollak at

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