“Approaching an Abyss”: Liberalist Ideology in a Norwegian Cold War Business Paper

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“Approaching an Abyss”: Liberalist Ideology in a Norwegian Cold War Business Paper


  • Birgitte Kjos Fonn Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway


Abstract  The international business press has been a powerful and influential voice in modern societies and, as its formative years took place during the Cold War, a closer look at the ideologies that were promoted in this part of the press is of interest. Until the 1970s, Farmand was the only Norwegian business magazine of any size and standing. Trygve J. B. Hoff, Farmand’s editor from 1935, was part of the Mont Pèlerin Society (MPS), a neoliberal intellectual collective established in 1947 with participants such as Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises. This article is a study of the ideas that Hoff promoted, particularly in Farmand, from the 1940s to the 1970s.


Keywords  business press; Cold War; democracy; liberalism; media; media history; Mont Pèlerin Society; Norway


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Publication Date   9 February 2018


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/mac.v6i1.1189


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