Saturday, May 27, 2017

The US right adheres to a socio-political takeover blueprint

The right has endless business-driven funding and coordinated institutions that keep compliant Republican politicians in power.

That didn't happen by accident.

And this isn't a conspiracy theory - - just a true story about political planning and discipline.

And now that we have learned about a) the spreading national influence of super-wealthy Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, and b) watched it openly take control of the Walker for Governor campaign which c) Koch interests also boosted as far back as 2007, and 

d) seeing the consequences of Wisconsin's clean air and water being handed to private interests under Walker's chamber of commerce mentality' direction while e) he and his State Capitol allies have a new plan to advance that agenda through a conservative 'leadership' center on the taxpayer funded UW-Madison campus, it's the right time to familiarize yourself with how and where this right-wing movement began:

In a lengthy, must-read blueprint forwarded confidentially as a memo years ago to the US Chamber of Commerce by corporate attorney Louis Powell whom GOP President Richard Nixon was about to elevate to the US Supreme Court.

,,,the Chamber and corporate activists took his advice to heart and began building a powerful array of institutions designed to shift public attitudes and beliefs over the course of years and decades. The memo influenced or inspired the creation of the Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, the Cato Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Accuracy in Academe, and other powerful organizations. 
Powell wanted powerful conservatives and groups to back a system of well-funded right-wing alternative scholars, campus speakers, television, print media, books, and more - - and his pitch pre-dated Citizens United and the Internet.

When I see that Wisconsin Republicans are planning a conservative-focused center on the UW-Madison, or that Walker's DNR is promoting pro-industry ideological information instead of consensus climate change science, and that the Bradley Foundation wants to take its Wisconsin 'successes' national, I see an amped up, 21st-centry version of the Louis Powell right-wing takeover memo still influential after almost 50 years.

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