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New Left Review I/30, March-April 1965

James and George Cockcroft

The High Cost of Dissent in the USA

A us intellectual is free to hold whatever opinions he likes on Vietnam, Cuba, the Congo, or other foreign policy issues, but his freedom to express these views publicly is often limited in several subtle ways. The most effective of these is money. From grants, subsidies, and research centres, both public and private, money is available to intellectuals who wish to study a wide variety of non-controversial subjects. However, it is less likely to be available for an analysis of more ‘sensitive’ subjects, unless the scholar’s approach assures his avoiding controversial conclusions and implies his agreement with the viewpoint of the Establishment.

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