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    The Right-Wing Express

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    Progressives need to be pretty organized to compete


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    Re: The Right-Wing Express

    Quote Originally Posted by charles
    Progressives need to be pretty organized to compete

    BTW, does anyone think changing the term to "progressives" is fooling anyone?

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    Re: The Right-Wing Express

    It's the opposite of "retards," I believe.

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    Re: The Right-Wing Express

    Well i dont know how the word Progressive resonates in the American mind, but whatever word you use, when confronted with something so well organised as the conservatives you need to unite people into somekind of common objective, if theres to be any chance of defeating the people in power.

    Quote Originally Posted by dude who wrote the article
    The story of the conservative rise that Stein portrays begins back in the early 1970s, when there was panic among conservatives, especially in corporate boardrooms, that capitalism was under serious attack, and something drastic had to be done about it. The National Chamber of Commerce asked Lewis Powell, a former head of the American Bar Association and member of 11 corporate boards, to write a blueprint of what had to be done. The result, says Stein, is one the most prescient documents of our time. The memo lays out the framework, the goals and the ingredients for the conservative revolution that has gained momentum and power ever since. Two months after penning the memo, then-President Richard M. Nixon appointed Powell, a Democrat, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Powell told the conservatives that they needed to confront liberalism everywhere and needed a "scale of financing only available through a joint effort" focused on an array of principles including less government, lower taxes, deregulation and challenging the left agenda everywhere. The conservative right, starting with seed money from the Coors Brewing family and Richard Mellon Scaife's publishing enterprise, moved forward to implement virtually every element of the Powell memo. It is a story of how the conservatives – in spite of political differences, ego, and competing priorities – were able to cooperate and develop a methodology that drives their issues and values relentlessly

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