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Fox, personal communication). While Montagu could be a very difficult colleague (and certainly he was most impatient with the Rutgers administration), Fox’s explanation for Montagu’s Rutgers troubles offers a version of events that adds some layers of ambiguity to what emerged from my reading of his correspondence with Rutgers administrators and his FBI file. Rutgers solicited Montagu precisely because of his important reputation as a rising star in evolutionary science. Early written exchanges with the administration indicate no hostility, and have a most congenial tone, although as time went on this changed.
Paris: UNESCO. Union of Concerned Scientists. 2004. Statement on Scientific Integrity (February 18, 2004). Website of the Union of Concerned Scientists. org Wax 01 intro 36 21/11/07 16:26:13 free book 2 MATERIALISM’S FREE PASS: KARL WITTFOGEL, McCARTHYISM, AND THE “BUREAUCRATIZATION OF GUILT” David H. Price Only Nixon can go to China. 1 At the time of Wittfogel’s death, Ernest Gellner observed that his work “continues to exercise strong attraction and repulsion” (1988: 22). Postmodern scholars universally view Wittfogel as the mechanistic black sheep misfit of the Frankfurt School;2 orthodox Marxists despise his counterrevolutionary critique of the Soviet state; students of McCarthyism view his appearance as a friendly witness before the McCarran committee as a betrayal of fundamental principles of academic freedom and common decency.
His hydraulic model for understanding the peculiarities of a particular mode of production became his litmus test for interpreting all of cultural life. Wittfogel’s examinations of pristine hydraulic states began on solid terraqueous ground, but he soon lost his way as he confused hydraulic despotism with all centralized state managerial formations. 4 As Donald Worster observed, “What had begun in the twenties as a search for scientific truth and positive laws of society had by the fifties become an elaborate web of inconsistencies, demonology and ethnocentrism” (1985: 28).
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