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The Future of the WorldFuturology, Futurists, and the Struggle for the Post Cold War Imagination$
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Jenny Andersson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198814337

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198814337.001.0001

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Futures of Liberalism. The Congress for Cultural Freedom and Futurology as a Transnational Space

Futures of Liberalism. The Congress for Cultural Freedom and Futurology as a Transnational Space

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(p.49) 4 Futures of Liberalism. The Congress for Cultural Freedom and Futurology as a Transnational Space
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The Future of the World
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Jenny Andersson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814337.003.0004

The Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) took up the theme of the future from its very first seminars devoted to the future of liberty and the role of planning in post-industrial societies. The phrase the “future of liberty” referred not only to the Cold War struggle, but also to the idea that expanding state structures and new patterns of action in liberal democracies posed new conditions for individual freedom and required new means of coordination and control. The spread of futurology by the CCF, the Ford Foundation, and the so called Futuribles project in Paris was a conscious attempt, the chapter proposes, to create a liberal alternative to the theory of history (and future) of Marxism.

Keywords:   Congress for Cultural Freedom, Cold War, liberalism, futurology, Bertrand de Jouvenel, Futuribles, freedom

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