Encounter magazine 1953-1990

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.

It was the showcase for the Congress of Cultural Freedom and Peter Coleman told the story of its rise and fall in a very fine book The Liberal Conspiracy.

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.

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18 Responses to Encounter magazine 1953-1990

  1. Steve Kates says:

    Rafe. What a Treasure! Has it just come into existence or has it been there all these years and I haven’t known? Thank you for putting this up.

  2. dover_beach says:

    Yes, yes, thanks Rafe. BTW, I was sorry to see you would finally have to dust off that obituary. I’m going to get his From Dawn to Decadence out of my library and finally read it.

  3. Poor Old Rafe says:

    I am still rubbing my eyes with disbelief, this is such a storehouse of treasures.

    Like this 1987 piece on terror in the Muslim world.


    Sad to say, economics was not its strong suite!


  4. Siltstone says:

    I vividly remember buying a small format magazine with a bright yellow cover from a newsagent in Indooroopilly Shoppingtown (Brisbane) in 1981. The cover said “Taking Ideas Seriously – Lezek Kolakowski”. It was a revelation. I later acquired his masterpiece, The Main Currents of Marxism. I have often fruitlessly searched old boxes of my stuff for that Encounter issue but suspect it was given to Bond University library when it first set up (they advertised in the paper for material!), along with rafts of my Quadrant magazines. But now it is there, on-line, January 1981. I am eternally grateful Rafe!

  5. C.L. says:

    The same work was done here by B.A. Santamaria – whose Movement destroyed the communists’ attempt to imperil our democracy, an attempt that was a near-run thing. Mannix and Santamaria are thus the greatest intellectual warriors against tyranny – for everyman – certainly in the last 100 years of Australian history.

    The left has given us Tim Flannery, by contrast.

  6. Fisky says:

    The Left also gave us Jim Cairns, who in his position as Federal Treasurer, cheered and applauded as the Reds took over Indochina and began to commit genocide.

  7. Jim Rose says:

    great links. full of treasures. good search engine too

  8. stackja says:

    Many thanks.

  9. Token says:

    Descriptions and Testimonials

    Ron Unz, Silicon Valley software entrepreneur…has started a new venture: a prodigious online library, featuring works by some 400,000 authors…

    A browse…unearths some astringent literary pronouncements…Of the second installment of Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, published in French in 1919, the reviewer declared that he was “a little surprised to find any but the professional student of letters reaching more than his first half-dozen pages”…

    Unz’s library has plenty of politics, too. Sounding like an Occupy Wall Street manifesto, an 1890 article in The North American Review refers to “gigantic corporations, whose greed and cupidity have extended all over the country, fleecing the poor of millions of dollars.” The author: William McKinley, Republican congressman and future president…

  10. Token says:

    This is the writing archive and weblog of Ron Unz, a theoretical physicist by original training and a software developer by profession. Unz is the creator of the UNZ.org content-archiving website.

    Unz also has interests in various public policy issues and serves as publisher of The American Conservative, a small opinion magazine. In the past, he served as founder and chairman of English for the Children, a nationwide movement to dismantle bilingual education.

  11. ad says:

    From the web-site formatting I would say it was done in the 1990’s. Perhaps with a quick conversion from Gopher.

  12. ad says:

    In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if our friend Mr Harbuttle didn’t have a hand in the design of the layout.

  13. Piett says:

    The same work was done here by B.A. Santamaria – whose Movement destroyed the communists’ attempt to imperil our democracy, an attempt that was a near-run thing.

    Rubbish. Firstly, it wasn’t a “near-run thing”. There were some Western countries, such as Italy, that were initially in danger of falling into the Communist orbit after WW2. Australia was never one of them.

    Secondly, the leading anti-communist in Australia was a certain R.G. Menzies. Santamaria had the right ideas, mostly — though his anti-capitalist economics did not do him credit. But there’s no need for hagiography.

  14. mct says:

    Rafe, my thanks also.

    I still have a few Encounters in hard copy, but this is a wonderful resource.

  15. gian says:

    Fantastic, and what a coincidence -yesterday I finished culling my stock of Encounter 1970s and 80s issues.

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  17. Scott Lahti says:

    I am happy to see that the writers for and readers of this site are enjoying the full-run archive of Encounter magazine (posted to the web in December 2011 at Unz.org), and the ideas of such among the magazine’s signature contributors as the late Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski. You might also enjoy the Wikipedia entry for Encounter, which I (save for the earlier stub of its first three paragraphs) finished and posted online on August 31, 2012, and for which the judges of the first Unz Historical Research Competition awarded me, much to my grateful surprise, First Place.

  18. Andrew Caruthers says:

    I am trying to find an interview, from November 1963, I believe, with J. Robert Oppenheimer, in Encounter magazine. I hope I have it right. Can i get a copy of this piece?

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