A wonderful archive of the major anti-communist intellectual weapon during the Cold War. The monthly Encounter magazine that carried pieces from practically every writer and scholar during that period who was not either a communist or an active fellow traveller.
In June 1950, as the Cold War grew more intense in Europe and North Korea invaded South Korea, more than a hundred European and American writers and intellectuals met in Berlin and established the Congress for Cultural Freedom to resist the Kremlin’s sustained assault on liberal democratic values. In the 1950s the Congress spread throughout the world, successfully creating magazines, organizing protests, establishing a network of affiliated national committees and fostering international contacts. The Congress continued into the 1960s, broadening its focus to lay the basis of an international community of liberal and democratic intellectuals. It was America’s principal attempt to win over the world’s intellectuals to the liberal democratic cause.
Encounter is only one of a large suite of periodicals that have been put on line under the same roof by UNZ.org whoever it may be. I don’t know how long they have been available but I only found them yesterday (h/t Rob Stove).
Surely they can’t have been up for long, someone would have spread the word, they are so relevant to the IPA “defence of Western Civilization” project.