CIA/OSS/FBI Socialists

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Fri Mar 12 13:10:29 PST 1999

James Farmelant wrote:

>Herbert Marcuse remained with the CIA right up to the time of
>the Korean War. I haven't heard that the CIA funded the revival
>of the Frankfurt Institute after WW II but it wouldn't surprise me if
>they did, since the CIA in its early days was financing lots of liberal
>and social democratic groups, apparently on the premise that
>social democracy was to be supported as a viable alternative to the

It's easy to see how cultivating a highbrow weary resignation among leftist intellectuals would be in the CIA's interest. Marcuse stayed in the US & didn't follow the other boys home - it's hard to imagine Adorno breaking a UC chancellor's window.


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