A Protest and Reply Editors:

The Congress for Cultural Freedom protests an implication in Paul Goodman’s interesting article, “The Devolution of Democracy.”

It denies the implication of being anybody’s “instrument.” Its activities (and publications) are the result of precisely the kind of free exchange of ideas and free decisions by small groups, “experimental, self-improving units,” which Mr. Goodman admires.


I am surprised at Mr. Nabokov’s letter. In my sentence on the CIA, I spoke in capital-letter generalities about Cultural Freedom and the Encounter of ideas, because I could not be more particular without embarrassing friends of the Farfield Foundation, etc. Since Mr. Nabokov brings it up, however, I think it would be a service to the intellectual community if the Congress would describe the financing of its many activities, publications, conference...