Progressive Infrastructure

Commonweal Institute: Creating Progressive Infrastructure

And the document: Creating Progressive Infrastructure Now
An Action Plan for Reclaiming America’s Heart and Soul
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Summary: The American conservative movement has succeeded in moving public attitudes steadily rightward over the last 30 years, with far-reaching consequences for the country’s political governance. This success has been achieved through a well-funded and well-coordinated organizational infrastructure that follows a long-term, disciplined communications strategy. In order for moderates and progressives to maximize the power of their own ideas and values, and to compete effectively with the right wing over the coming decades, they must develop, without delay, their own infrastructural capacity and practices. This paper suggests how to get started.