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Do you think the average American believes U.S. domestic and foreign policy are dictated unto the best possible good for our country and others?  I would think most Americans would say the answer is yes, at least as far as intentions are concerned.  As we have seen time and time again, things don’t always work the way they appear to.

During the Eisenhower presidency (1953-1961), Congress established the Reece Committee to investigate tax-free foundations (Rockefeller, Ford, Carnegie).  The Reece Committee mounted a comprehensive inquiry into both the motives for establishing foundations and their influence on public life. The investigative inquiry was headed by Norman Dodd, a former banker. The committee’s report found: “In the international field, foundations, and an interlock among some of them and certain intermediary organizations, have exercised a strong effect upon our foreign policy and upon public education in things international.  This has been accomplished by vast propaganda, by supplying executives and advisors to government, and by controlling much research in this area through the power of the purse. The net result of these combined efforts has been to promote ‘internationalism’ in a particular sense–a form directed toward ‘world government’ and a derogation of American ‘nationalism.”‘(a)

The final report was submitted by Norman Dodd, and because of its provocative nature, the committee became subject to attack. In the Dodd report to the Reece Committee on Foundations, he gave a definition of the word “subversive”, saying that the term referred to “Any action having as its purpose the alteration of either the principle or the form of the United States Government by other than constitutional means.” He then argued that the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Carnegie Endowment were using funds excessively on projects at Columbia, Harvard, Chicago University and the University of California, in order to enable oligarchical collectivism. He stated, “The purported deterioration in scholarship and in the techniques of teaching which, lately, has attracted the attention of the American public, has apparently been caused primarily by a premature effort to reduce our meager knowledge of social phenomena to the level of an applied science.” He stated that his research staff had discovered that in “1933-1936, a change took place which was so drastic as to constitute a “revolution”. They also indicated conclusively that the responsibility for the economic welfare of the American people had been transferred heavily to the Executive Branch of the Federal Government; that a corresponding change in education had taken place from an impetus outside of the local community, and that this “revolution” had occurred without violence and with the full consent of an overwhelming majority of the electorate.” He stated that this revolution “could not have occurred peacefully, or with the consent of the majority, unless education in the United States had been prepared in advance to endorse it. (b)

Although the promotion of internationalism and moral relativism by foundations concerned the committee, it saw their concentrated power as the more central threat. Even if benign, this power posed a threat to democratic government. The Reece Committee’s report, submitted in the midst of the ultimately successful efforts to censure Senator Joseph McCarthy, failed to attract much attention. McCarthy’s fall led to a discrediting of all efforts that ‘ smacked of redbaiting ‘.

The report conceded that, with several exceptions “such as the Institute of Pacific Relations, foundations have not directly supported organizations which, in turn, operated to support communism.” However, the report did conclude that

Some of the larger foundations have directly supported ‘subversion’ in the true meaning of that term–namely, the process of undermining some of our vitally protective concepts and principles. They have actively supported attacks upon our social and governmental system and financed the promotion of socialism and collectivist ideas.

The Reece Committee clearly declared that the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) was “in essence an agency of the United States Government” and that its “productions are not objective but are directed overwhelmingly at promoting the globalist concept.”

In Norman Dodd’s interview with G. Edward Griffin in 1982, Mr. Dodd explained he was told by Rowan Gaither, the president of the Ford Foundation that, “We are here in response to similar directives the substance of which is that we shall use our grant making power so to alter life in the United States that it can be comfortably merged with the Soviet Union.”

In regards to the Carnegie Foundation, the investigation revealed through the minutes of their first trustee meeting from 1908 the first year of the Carnegie Foundation’s operations that a question was raised: Is there any other means known more effective than war assuming you wish to alter the life of an entire people?  After one year of serious discussion it was concluded the answer was no.  In 1909 the minutes revealed another question, “How do we involve the United States in a war?”  The answer to this was by controlling the U.S. State Department.  This would be achieved by taking control of the diplomatic machinery of this country.  Then we eventually are in WWI at which time a telegram was dispatched to President Woodrow Wilson cautioning him to see the war didn’t end to quickly.”  After WWI the focus shifted to preventing reversion of life to pre-1914 which is when WWI broke out.  This could be achieved by controlling education.  And for this, they looked to the Rockefeller Foundation for assistance.

The Reese Committee had basically directed Congressman Dodd to prove whether the United States had indeed become the victim of a conspiracy.  I’d say the answer to this matter is an overwhelming yes.  As I stated previously, things aren’t always as they appear to be.



(a): Rene A. Wormser, Foundations: Their Power and Influence (New York: Devin-Adair, 1958), pp. 304-305.

(b):  “Dodd Report to the Reece Committee on Foundations (1954)”


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