Business Executives Move for New National Priorities

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Business Executives Move for New National Priorities was founded in 1967 as Business Executives Move for Peace in Vietnam by Henry Niles, then chairman of the board of Baltimore Life Insurance Company and father-in-law of New Left theoretician Staughton Lynd. BEM's name and targeting was changed in 1975, following the Communist conquest of South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.[1]


BEM serves to mobilize businessmen who have commercial dealings with the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact states for political action in favor of "détente" against U.S. defense modernization, and for a foreign policy of "non-intervention" against Soviet aggression.[1]