I think you're right. What is your group's address?
We need many think tanks. We need really creative projects in political
science, culture, religion, and communications, not propaganda mills, like
the neo-cons have.
The right has spawned hundreds of think tanks. They get lots of money to
produce a blizzard of papers, many of them redundant, that make the same
points over and over, with more or less elaboration. Their "thinkers" flood
the communications media, as "expert" talking heads and scribblers. They
maintain relations with people in academic and religious institutions, where
they try to intimidate progressives, through "campus watch" and "media watch"
type committees. The right-wing think tanks are, in fact, organizers of
right wing activity and action in the streets and the neighborhoods, as we've
seen in the recent large-scale effort to suppress the vote among minority and
all working class people.
They are constantly probing not only what their message is, but how to
deliver their message. They have developed sophisticated philosophical and
ideological frameworks that seem to embrace the everyday experiences of
people on the job, at home, and in the community. Right-wing programs seem
to make sense within those frameworks, and progressive programs are not even
heard. While they have many shades of difference between them they gravitate
toward unity on their core wedge issues. They create a repressive atmosphere
in which "everyone knows" that white people are better, gay people are sick,
and rich people must be good. They seem extreme to us, and Bush sounds like
an idiot, but to themselves they make perfect sense and even sound brilliant,
because within the neo-con framework they've erected they are.
From the recent campaign we've shown that tens of thousands of activists can
unite for a common purpose. Let's not lose that. I think every progressive
person who can should get involved in one or more study group or
organized "think tank". We need to publish, on the web and in print. We
need to organize to use these articles and papers, to get them in front of
the media. We need to lobby our Legislatures and Congress. We need to get
progressives into the mainstream media. We shouldn't worry about repeating
what others are doing. Let a hundred or a thousand flowers bloom. Creating
a progressive atmosphere needs study, experimentation, and organized mass
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From: "aipu2" <aipu2@...
Sent: Tue, 09 Nov 2004 19:52:37 -0000
Subject: [lpnufp] Progressive Think Tank
> Progressive Think Tank
> Reply to: lkindr@ yahoo.com
> Date: 2004-11-09, 1:34PM EST
> Hi. Progressives need to have a think tank to solve societal
> problems, instead of the many neo-con think tanks that think up ways
> to create more problems. If you're a progressive, which means you're
> someone who thinks, let me know and you can join our yahoogroup etc
> and help solve problems. Okay? Many tanks. Lloyd Kinder
> Yahoo! Groups Links
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