[Marxism] "The FBI and Science & Society"

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Wed Dec 1 19:28:13 MST 2004

The lastest issue (Winter 2004-2005) of Science & Society
has an article, "The FBI and Science & Society," by
David H. Price, which, using files that the author obtained
from the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act,
details the decades-long investigation of the journal
from the 1940s to the 1960s, the FBI, apparently,
viewing Marxist theorizing as almost as dangerous
to national security as outright Marxist activism.

Readers here might be amused to learn that according
to Price:

But during the postwar 1940s and throughout the 1950s
the FBI viewed most philosophical links to Marxism as
threats to their vision of "Americanism."  During the
early Cold War most forms of materialist analysis were
seen by the FBI as threats to national security (see
Price and Peace, 20003). Thus the FBI reacted with
strong concern upon reading the essays of Bernhard
Stern, Elmer Barnes and others affiliated with the early
years of Science & Society in the book *Philosophy for
the Future* (Sellars, et al., 1949):

"They are day in and day out influencing the minds of
countless youths. Their influence goes beyond the
classroom. They are also writers issuing books and
articles designed to influence educated and articulate
adults in positions of importance. There can be little
doubt that these materialists are subtly preparing
the minds of at least a percentage of those reached
by them for the acceptance of communism. Further,
they are preparing a greater percentage of educated
minds to be sympathetic or soft on communisn. . . .
It is not unlikely that the majority of the educated
enemies of the Bureau who are regularly attacking
or opposing us in one form or another are philosophic
materialists.  And, they are not decreasing in numbers.
*Philosophy for the Future* is our problem of the
future. (WFO 100-FBI Office Memorandum, 7/28/57).

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