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Group.png The Ford Foundation  
(Tax exempt foundationHistory Commons NNDB Sourcewatch WebsiteRdf-icon.png
MottoWorking with Visionaries on the Frontlines of Social Change Worldwide
FounderEdsel Ford
LeaderFord Foundation/President
Darren Walker.png
Incumbent: Darren Walker
Since September 2013

The Ford Foundation was started by Edsel Ford in 1936. During the Cold War it was a CIA-cutout, to funnel cash to front groups, like NGOs and 'independent' media. Its present day function is most likely the same. From its very origins there was a close structural relation and inter-change of personnel at the highest levels between the CIA and the Ford Foundation.

Close collaboration with the CIA

The Ford Foundation is one of the most important “private foundations” collaborating with the CIA over a significant span of time in major projects in the cultural Cold War.

“At times it seemed as if the Ford Foundation was simply an extension of government in the area of international cultural propaganda. The foundation had a record of close involvement in covert actions in Europe, working closely with Marshall Plan and CIA officials on specific projects” [1]

Frances Stonor Saunders, a noted scholar of the Cold War writes: “At times it seemed as if the Ford Foundation was simply an extension of government in the area of international cultural propaganda. The foundation had a record of close involvement in covert actions in Europe, working closely with Marshall Plan and CIA officials on specific projects”. [2]

The leaders of the Foundation were in total agreement with Washington’s post-WWII projection of world domination, and they had over 3 billion in assets, a lot of money in 1950.

This is graphically illustrated by the naming of Richard Bissell as President of the Foundation in 1952. In his two years in office Bissell met often with the head of the CIA, Allen Dulles, and other CIA officials in a “mutual search” for new ideas. In 1954 Bissell left Ford to become a special assistant to Allen Dulles in January 1954 [3].

Under Bissell, Ford Foundation (FF) was the “vanguard of Cold War thinking”. One of the FF first Cold War project was the establishment of a publishing house, Inter-cultural Publications, and the publication of a magazine Perspectives in Europe in four languages. The FF purpose according to Bissell was not “so much to defeat the leftist intellectuals in dialectical combat (sic) as to lure them away from their positions”

The result of their collaboration was the proliferation of a number of journals and access to the mass media which pro-U.S. intellectuals used to launch vituperative polemics against Marxists and other anti-imperialists. The FF funding of these anti- Marxists organizations and intellectuals provided a legal cover for their claims of being “independent” of government funding (CIA).[4]

The foundation was also active in the warm-up to coup against the democratically elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, in 1973.


Deep political connections

Donated £20,000 to Le Cercle.[citation needed]



References

  1. Saunders The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters, p.139
  2. Saunders The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters, p.139
  3. Saunders The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters, p.139
  4. https://petras.lahaine.org/?p=87


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