Victor Perlo

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Perlo, Victor


Born May 15, 1912, in New York. American economist and publicist.

After graduating from Columbia University in 1931, Perlo did research in economics and statistics. Before World War II he worked in the Commerce Department, and during the war, at the Office of Price Administration and later at the Treasury Department. Perlo is chairman of the economic commission of the National Committee of the Communist Party of the USA. His works are of progressive character and are devoted to such issues as the postwar development of the American economy, the analysis of US finance capital, the economic expansion of American monopolies, and the militarization of the US economy. Perlo has also written on disarmament and on labor issues. Many of his works have been translated into Russian.


The Income “Revolution.” New York, 1954.
The Unstable Economy: Booms and Recessions in the United States Since 1945. New York, 1973.
In Russian translation:
Amerikanskii imperializm. Moscow, 1951.
Negry v sel’skom khoziaistve Iuga SShA. Moscow, 1954.
Imperiia finansovykh magnatov. Moscow, 1958.
Ekonomicheskoe sorevnovanie SSSR i SShA. Moscow, 1960.
Dollary i problema razoruzheniia. Moscow, 1961. (With C. Marzani.)
Militarizm i promyshlennost’. Moscow, 1963.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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About the same time that Elizabeth briefed us on this conspiracy to de-fund SNCC, I had spent a day in Croton-on-the-Hudson talking with Victor Perlo, an old Communist Party economist who was an expert on big banks.
And the AAA, which sent an army of bureaucrats onto America's farms to confiscate, slaughter, and bury millions of pigs and cattle and millions of tons of grains and produce while much of America went hungry--well, those grand schemes under Agriculture Secretary Henry Wallace (an ardent and professed socialist) were the brainchildren of actual Soviet agents in the Agriculture Department such as Lee Pressman, Nathan Witt, Donald Hiss, Victor Perlo, and John Abt.
of two Soviet networks in the United States, one headed by the Treasury economist Nathan Gregory Silvermaster, another by Victor Perlo of the War Production Board: classified information was also transmitted from the Justice Department, the Foreign Economic Administration and the Board of Economic Warfare.
Documents revealed that from its beginnings the Communist Party in the United States received huge clandestine subsidies from the Soviet Union; that Moscow dictated Party policy; that large numbers of Americans who joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War were executed by Soviet agents under direct orders from the Kremlin; and that, yes, many of those accused of spying during the early years of the Cold War actually were spies, including Harry Dexter White, Lauchlin Currie, Nathan Gregory Silvermaster, Victor Perlo, and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
Victor Perlo, the New Deal economist who went on to write an interesting column for the People's Weekly World and a serious book analyzing race and capitalist society, takes the same position.
"A number of them," Bonta writes, "including the now notorious Alger Hiss, who served as secretary of the conference, were eventually unmasked as spies and traitors." Also in the American delegation were Soviet agents Victor Perlo -- KGB codename RAIDER -- and Noel Field, who eventually took refuge behind the Iron Curtain.
Also assisting in this plot were 15 key State and Treasury Department officials (including Victor Perlo, Nathan Silvermaster, Lauchlin Curie, and Noel Field) who, like Hiss, were later exposed by official investigations as members of secret Communist cells in Washington.
His Communist collaborators in founding the UN included Harry Dexter White, Frank Coe, Victor Perlo, Irving Kaplan, and Noel Field.