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Subject:

Re: "The CIA as Culture Vultures", in Jacket magazine

From:

"Robin Hamilton" <[log in to unmask]>

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Robin Hamilton

Date:

Sun, 20 Aug 2000 15:04:44 +0100

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> Come back +Encounter+, all  is forgiven ...
>
> RH
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "John Tranter" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: 21 August 2000 10:34
> Subject: "The CIA as Culture Vultures", in Jacket magazine
>
>
> > First we criticise our various governments for not funding poetry
> adequately;
> > then, when they do . . .
> >
> > List members may be interested in historian Cassandra Pybus's article
in
> > Jacket # 12 titled "The CIA as Culture Vultures". It looks carefully at
> the
> > figures that detail the extrordinary shower of money the Amercian
Central
> > Intelligence Agency secretly poured into the coffers of one of
> Australia's
> > leading cultural and literary magazine for two decades. Literary
editors
> of
> > Quadrant have included poet James McAuley, poet and academic Vivian
Smith
> > and poet Les Murray, recently recipient of the Queen of England's
Poetry
> > Medal.
> >
> > Here's the link:
> >
> > http://www.jacket.zip.com.au/jacket12/pybus-quadrant-cia.html
> >
> >
> > Here's an excerpt from Cassandra Pybus's piece:
> >
> > "Quadrant [magazine] was the brainchild of Richard Krygier, the
founding
> > secretary of the Australian branch of the Congress for Cultural Freedom
> > which was established by the CIA in 1950 as a key element in their
> strategy
> > to combat Soviet propaganda. Michael Josselson, chief of the Agency's
> > Berlin Office for Covert Action, was the executive director of the
Paris
> > Secretariat. He was later joined by another agent, John Hunt, and by
the
> > late fifties there were five CIA operatives working in the Secretariat.
> In
> > its first year the CIA outlay on the Congress for Cultural Freedom was
> > $200,000, close to 2 million dollars in 1999 [Australian dollar] terms.
> > Later they set up the Fairfield Foundation as a front; one of any
number
> of
> > private foundations used to launder CIA money, of which the Ford
> Foundation
> > and Rockefeller Foundation were especially prominent....
> >
> > "Josselson was not happy with the make-up of the Australian committee
> since
> > the CIA strategy was to court intellectuals of the non-communist left,
> not
> > fund a bunch of zealous anti-communists. Alarmed by Josselson's
> > dissatisfaction, Krygier sought the advice of the editor of
"Encounter",
> > Irving Kristol, who suggested that Krygier ask Josselson for money for
an
> > Australian literary quarterly, along the lines of  "Encounter"....
> >
> > "On advice from Bob Santamaria, Australia's most virulent
anti-communist
> > campaigner, Krygier chose James McAuley as editor. He was not an
obvious
> > choice for editor of a literary journal, since he was viewed by many in
> the
> > literary world as a mediocre poet and a Catholic fanatic. This chorus
of
> > concern did not bother Krygier. He had no interest in poetry or
religion:
> > it was McAuley's passionate anti-communism which really impressed him."
> >
> >   - John Tranter, Jacket magazine
> >
> >
>



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