The Dodd Report and Interview

One of the more interesting documents I have come across recently is the 1982 Interview of Norman Dodd by Edward Griffin, where Dodd goes into his experience with the banking system around the time of the depression, and of the investigation of the big charitable Foundations by the Reece Committee.

In this interview he claims that the Foundations were essentially acting outside of constitutional means to bring about collectivist society and the merger of America with the Soviet Union, and that they were even doing this with the blessing of the White House at least at the time of the FDR regime.

Apparently Edward Griffon, the interviewer and publisher of the interview, is some kind of classical American individualist and anti-communist ideologue, so naturally the thing is a bit propaganda-ish, but at least it's not the usual propaganda. Propaganda from sincere and honest enemies of the ruling regime is often very enlightening. And as propaganda goes, it is seemingly rather sincere and honest.

Without further ado, a video of the interview and a link to the transcript:

But the interview is in a sense about the Dodd Report itself, which is also available, and has some more direct and comprehensive information for the student of history.

The Dodd report itself and the response of the government must be understood in context: my understanding from everything I've read is that there was something of a revolution in how the elite viewed and managed society in the first half of the 20th century, which was not done with fanfare, and did not openly claim to be a revolution, nor even know itself as one. By the 40s and 50s, this change was quite advanced. Things like the Dodd report are the result of the older classical American civic tradition looking into one part of recent history and realizing that there had been something really fishy going on, that didn't fit the narrative they had been educated to believe in, and raising the alarms. The reason not many cared is that the people raising alarms were behind the times, most others already knew what had happened, or were complicit in it one way or another. It's the same deal with Senator McCarthy's anti-communism; a straggler realizing that the commies have all but taken over, and eventually being marginalized for raising such a ruckus over what essentially amounts to accepted reality.

Anyways, the the report contains some interesting pieces of evidence on the origin of the modern schooling system, the origin of modern social science, and where the statistical-data-based "empirical" approach to social science came from, and so on. It really is worth reading if you want to understand the modern regime: