Arch Puddington

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Alma materUniversity of Missouri, Columbia
Member ofAmerican Committee for Peace in Chechnya, Committee for the Free World, Freedom House

Arch Puddington is an US propagandist with significant ties to CIA's Cold War anti-communist labor movement networks. At present, he is responsible for defining who is 'free' in the world.


Arch Puddington is a Distinguished Fellow for Democracy Studies at the think-tank Freedom House He was previously Senior Vice President for Research at Freedom House, where he was responsible for the publication of Freedom in the World, an index designed to further US foreign policy objects, using this nominally independent (but in reality a part of the government) organization to define who is free or not. The bias is particularly against leftist governments, pressuring for opening to US economic ('free market') and political penetration. He is also responsible for other research publications, and for the development of new research and advocacy programs.

He previously worked as research director for the A. Philip Randolph Institute, as executive director for the League for Industrial Democracy, two organizations that were Cold War CIA-fronts in the labor movement.

He was a senior member of the Socialist Party of America. [1]

In the 1980s, he was also deputy director of the New York bureau of the CIA-media front Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. [2]

He writes frequently on international affairs, race relations, organized labor, and the Cold War. His writings have appeared in Commentary, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, National Interest, and Journal of Democracy. He is the author of three books: Failed Utopias: Methods of Coercion in Communist Societies (ICS, 1989), Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (University Press of Kentucky, 2000), and Lane Kirkland: Champion of American Labor (Wiley, 2005). [3]