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Foundations of the American CenturyThe Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rise of American Power$
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Inderjeet Parmar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231146296

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231146296.001.0001

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American Foundation Leaders

American Foundation Leaders

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(p.31) 2 American Foundation Leaders
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Foundations of the American Century
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Inderjeet Parmar

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231146296.003.0002

This chapter introduces the American foundations, which are blocs of private and state elites cohered by a long-term globalist project, while working under the guise of four core democratic features—free speech, intellectual inquiry, pluralistic political system, and public opinion. In this context, philanthropy, for the most part, is a means of increasing the power and influence of the givers. The Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation are three of the lead American foundations that persisted despite the tumultuous events of the twentieth century. Wars have accentuated the mechanics and activities of the foundations, as these wars simultaneously offered opportunities and posed threats to the United States. At the onset of U.S. global ascendancy, the chapter examines the emergence of these foundations during the “psychic crisis.”

Keywords:   American foundations, state elites, globalist project, free speech, intellectual inquiry, pluralistic political system, public opinion, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Carnegie Corporation

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