This is a searching analysis of some of America's most powerful tax-exempt foundations, their actions as opposed to their stated purpose's, the interlocking groups of men who run them, and their influence on the country at large. The author, as counsel to the Reece Committee, which investigated foundations for the last Republican Congress, gained a unique insight into the inner workings of the various Rockefeller, Carnegie and Ford-created giants. He also witnessed the intense and powerful opposition to any investigation of these multi-billion-dollar public trusts. The Reece investigation was virtually hamstrung from the start to its early demise, which was aided and abetted by leading newspaper of the country. "It is difficult for the public to understand," writes Mr. Wormser, "that some of the great foundations which have done so much for us in some fields have acted tragically against the public interest in others, but the facts are there for the unprejudiced to recognize." "The power of the individual foundation giant is enormous. When there is like-mindedness among a group of these giants, which apparently is due to the existence of a closely knit group of professional administrators in the social science field, the power is magnified hugely. When such foundations do good, they justify the tax-exempt status which the people grant them. When they do harm, it can be immense harm - there is virtually no counter-force to oppose them."
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This book chronicles the work and findings of the Hearings Before the Special Committee to Investigate Tax-Exempt Foundations and Comparable Organizations in the House of Representatives during the 2nd Session of the 83rd Congress on House Resolution 217. It was more commonly known as the "Reece Committee", so named for its chairman, Congressman Carroll Reece. The book was written by the General Counsel to the Committee, Rene A. Wormser. The preface was written by the Chairman himself, Carroll Reece. The Research Director of the Committee, Norman Dodd, gave a video-taped interview many years later in which he discussed further details surrounding the investigation and hearings, including the startling findings of the Committee's Legal Analyst, Kathryn Casey. According to Mr. Dodd, in response to a letter he had written to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace asking certain questions about their history and operations, he was issued an invitation via telephone to go to their office in New York and meet with some of their representatives. He accepted the invitation, and when he arrived he was greeted by the President of the Foundation, Dr. Joseph Johnson, two vice presidents, and their legal counsel. They suggested to Mr. Dodd that he send a member of his staff to New York for two weeks and they would provide that person with a room in their library and the minute books of the foundation from its inception to the present. Dodd realized that most of these men were new in their positions, and preoccupied with other matters of greater importance to them, so he accepted the offer, knowing that none of them had ever likely read any of those minutes. So, upon returning to Washington, Dodd sent the Committee's Legal Analyst, Kathryn Casey to New York for two weeks of intensive investigation reviewing the meeting minutes of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, wherein to her astonishment Miss Casey found, among other harrowing passages, that the trustees of the foundation had concluded in 1909 that the most effective means of altering the life of a nation was by involving it in war. Upon which conclusion they then posted the question of "How do we involve the United States in a war?" They decided that they would have to control the diplomatic machinery of the United States. They then determined that to do so they would have to gain control primarily over the State Department. As a means to that end the foundation created an instrumentality called the Council of Learned Societies, and that council was assigned the task of passing on every high official appointment of the State Department before the appointment was confirmed. Says Norman Dodd, in the course of this video-taped interview, "Well this happened, and pretty soon the country was in a war which came to be known, of course, as World War I. And this group of trustees at one point congratulated themselves on the wisdom of their original decision. Because, as they put it, war has demonstrated the power to alter the life of the people of this country already." This interview can be seen on You Tube, under the title of Norman Dodd On Tax Exempt Foundations. This book contains detail after detail regarding the Congressionl Committee's findings about the Rockeffeler, Carnegie, and Ford foundations' efforts to control not only the politics of this country, but also the educational system by setting up subsidiary organizations and granting fellowships to cooperative members of academia. Suffice it to say that this operational structure continues to this day, because the Congressional Investigation was terminated prematurely and its findings were never disseminated widely. Such suppression is what led to the writing of this important book. The reading of this work is essential for attaining a deeper understanding of why things are the way they are in this country at present, and how they came to be so. Other enormously informative books on these topics are the following: "The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America" by Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt, "The Anglo-American Establishment" by Carroll Quigley, and "History of the Great American Fortunes" by Gustavus Myers.