The Congress for Cultural Freedom
To the Editor:
One may differ about whether the Congress for Cultural Freedom was a “success” or not, but in “The Intellectuals & the Cold War” [December 1989] George Szamuely rides a strong hobby-horse in claiming that “liberal anti-Communism” had given up the struggle against totalitarianism, as the Congress expanded its activities.
Mr. Szamuely quotes Sidney Hook, from his memoirs, as saying that the Congress was “more interested in acquiring a kind of respectability in the eyes of predominantly nonpolitical . . . European intellectuals than in militant opposition to Communist cultural influences.”
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