Foundations of the American Century

Foundations of the American Century

The Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rise of American Power

Book - 2012
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Inderjeet Parmar reveals the complex interrelations, shared mindsets, and collaborative efforts of influential public and private organizations in the building of American hegemony. Focusing on the involvement of the Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations in U.S. foreign affairs, Parmar traces the transformation of America from an "isolationist" nation into the world's only superpower, all in the name of benevolent stewardship.

Parmar begins in the 1920s with the establishment of these foundations and their system of top-down, elitist, scientific giving, which focused more on managing social, political, and economic change than on solving modern society's structural problems. Consulting rare documents and other archival materials, he recounts how the American intellectuals, academics, and policy makers affiliated with these organizations institutionalized such elitism, which then bled into the machinery of U.S. foreign policy and became regarded as the essence of modernity.

America hoped to replace Britain in the role of global hegemon and created the necessary political, ideological, military, and institutional capacity to do so, yet far from being objective, the Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations often advanced U.S. interests at the expense of other nations. Incorporating case studies of American philanthropy in Nigeria, Chile, and Indonesia, Parmar boldly exposes the knowledge networks underwriting American dominance in the twentieth century.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780231146289
0231146280
Branch Call Number: 327.73 Parmar 03/2012
Characteristics: ix, 356 p. ;,24 cm.

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Mar 25, 2013

[Read this outstanding scholarly work, then read Wright Patman's congressional investigation into foundations and trusts [still to be found online] then ponder why you've probably never heard of Andrew Carnegie Rockefeller!]
A major book on American financial history, an outstanding, scholarly rendition of the how and why of the three premier foundations, the Rockefeller Foundation (founded in 1913), the Carnegie Foundation (I believe that was founded in 1911) and the Ford Foundation (founded with a grant of $2.3 billion in 1936), and their focused spread of American global hegemony. The author's bios of Rockefeller, Carnegie and Ford (especially Carnegie's, where Prof. Parmar is one of the rare scholars who correctly explains the derivation of the Carnegie fortune, yet another death merchant), is reason enough to read this highly thoughtful, and exhaustively researched book, which could have easily covered the over 50,000 plus foundations and their ultimate aims. The author mentions an incriminating seminar hosted by the "non-partisan" New America Foundation, many, if not most, of who's fellows (paid employees) write misinformational and disinformational books avoiding Wall Street's (as in the bank and oil companies) many crimes, definitely another Wall Street front operation. (Also quite interesting how the author mentions a meeting of the Bilderberg Group in 1954 where they established a strategic studies institute in London.)

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