During the Cold War, the CIA used jazz, rock and abstract expressionism as weapons to subvert and degenerate the culture of the Eastern Bloc and to promote liberalism and free-market capitalism. Michael Jackson’s music was banned as degenerate art in the Soviet Union.
If you look deep into the history of the avant-garde, the neocons and the Frankfurt School, you will discover that they were embraced by the American state in the 1930s and 1940s. John Dewey and the Rockefeller Foundation brought the Frankfurt School to New York.
The Nazis and the Soviets had both repressed Modernism. Partisan Review was an organ of the Communist Party USA, but after the New York Intellectuals broke up with Joseph Stalin in the 1930s and Leon Trotsky was assassinated in 1940 it mysteriously became the most influential literary and political journal in the United States. This is because it was backed by the OSS and the CIA.