M.I.T. in Africa: The Theory and Practice of Controlling the Lives of Black People

by Africa Research Group
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Undated, early 1970s?
4 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage in Africa: Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The pamphlet says though out the fifties the MIT Center played a central role in developing a theory and strategy which could help shape US policy toward the then "emerging" world; Center Director Max Millikan, fresh from a top-level post at the C.I.A. organized a group including Walt Rostow to work out approaches to economic development, to serve as a framework for U.S. AID strategy, and to guide U.S. corporate penetration in the Third World. The pamphlet says Rostow’s famed "Non-Communist" manifesto, now largely discredited even by conservative economists, set out the theory which reached its logical conclusion in the escalation polices in Vietnam. The pamphlet says in 1956, with the actual independence of most African States sill four years off, the long-range planners at the Center began to set their eyes on the "dark continent"; a large grant from the Carnegie Foundation made a major research project on African economic and political development possible; the late Arnold Rivkin, a lawyer-economist attached to the State Department's Marshall plan was brought in to direct the major undertaking Rostow helped design. The pamphlet says while Rivkin and his researches analyzed Africa, Max Millikan was making the contacts which would insure that MIT ideas become the American practice; in 1958 Millikan was one of a select group of corporation powersuckers including David Rockefeller and Harold Hochschild (American Metal Climax) who participated in a special tour of Africa under the auspices of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations, a powerful pressure group on foreign policy run by the corporate elite. The pamphlet says in 1960, the MIT Sloan School of Management received a grant of one million dollars from the Ford Foundation for the "MIT Fellows in Africa" program, to be run by Council on Foreign Relations Director Carroll Wilson (ex General Manager of the Atomic Energy Commission and then President of Climax Uranium Co. Dig?). The pamphlet says other CIS researchers concerned about Africa have been red-hunter William Griffith, and Harold Isaacs who found time to work with the CIA funded American Society of African Culture (AMSAC). The pamphlet says this white-power, big power manipulation by social science dirty workers such as those at MIT is finally being challenged. The pamphlet discusses W.E.B. DuBois, Harold Isaacs, U.S. imperialism in Africa, counter-insurgency, the counter-revolutionary world view, neo-colonialism, the World Bank, Robert McNamara, the European Economic Community, Ithiel de Sola Pool, Norm Chomsky, investment, and Johann Galtung.
Used by permission of Danny Schechter, Sam Barnes and Robert Maurer, former members of Africa Research Group.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers