Something to Think About

The Right’s network of PR “think tank” organizations spends over $400 million a year to influence public opinion and support the Republican Party. This money is outside of the election cycle and outside of what is considered political spending. And look at what they have been able to accomplish. (Maybe the right way to put that is, “look what they have been able to tear apart.”)
If ten million Progressives gave just $100 each per year, that would be one billion dollars we could use to fight back with. Or, if one million gave about $80 per month.
In 2004 John Kerry received more than 57 million votes.
I’m just sayin’.

4 thoughts on “Something to Think About

  1. It ought to be possible to put together a “virtual think tank” nameed Liberally Endowed. It would consist of the large traffic blogs which follow the voting machines issue and other liberal causes.
    One donation could be divided up between the members of the virtual think tank. That way you could raise significant sums $20 at a time.
    Just sayin’

  2. I don’t know how much we really need. (And there’s the BIG problem of who “we” is — I sure as hell won’t give money to the vast majority of democrats.)
    The right spends a lot of money to keep their ENORMOUS bullpen of talkers and (smirk) thinkers in quite comfortable circumstances. Most of them don’t really contribute much. But they sure get payed well. A serious progressive propaganda machine — not a gravy train for the boys — needn’t cost a lot.
    On the other hand, the right has the corporate media in its pocket. There’s really no reasonable amount of money we can spend to counter THAT.
    It all comes down to the fact that this is a class struggle and the corporate/upper class has almost all the money (and an increasingly larger fraction of it). We are doomed until we find a way to counter them that is not PRIMARILY dependent on money for success.

  3. I’m going to agree pretty much with Richard. People will come up with money for liberal think tanks once they have some kind of idea of what they’ll be funding and what can be accomplished. Right now the general impression, I’m afraid, is that the Democrat party is essentially bankrupt when it comes to having genuine ideas. This is a vicious circle. No fresh ideas, no money. No money to develop them, no fresh ideas.
    Is liberalism dead? Of course not. If you look hard enough, there actually are at least a few well-funded liberal organizations already out there, just not the kind we want to fund. I mean the liberal churches and some of their organizations like Sojourners for the liberal Evangelicals, and there are others for the other churches too. The more dedicated atheists also have their own politically oriented groups. What’s missing is the secular think tanks.

  4. Dave’s idea of 1 million progressives each giving $100 per year is a brilliant idea. Dave took my comments as meaning that I don’t agree with the idea that there have to be progressive II still prefer the word liberal) think tanks. Of course I don’t mean to say that! We need them desperately! I was trying to point out what I think may be some reasons we’re having difficulty getting them started.
    Frankly, I think that if Dave were to start a campaign for this that included a plan for developing ideas to implement a genuinely progressive agenda, this would be very successful in a very short time. This is exactly the right moment to do this. The Right had its own agenda when it raised money for think tanks.

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