Monday, July 10, 2006

New Resources For Progressives

About two years ago some really analytical progressives put together a PowerPoint on how right wing think tanks, schools, corporations, various conservative interest groups, policy journals, GOP financiers, national, state and local Republican parties, conservative talk radio and cable, along with certain churches and philanthropic groups all began working together to shift Americans politics to the right and elect conservatives, particularly through the rigorous development of conservative intellectual resources. I remember seeing the presentation in a hotel ballroom in Washington back then, and it has stuck with me. It has prompted our side to respond in kind, from Air America Radio to some of these newest progressive resources:

From Bill Galston, Stan Greenberg and Ruy Teixeria comes The Democratic Strategist which, they write: For this first issue we asked a small group of the most thoughtful individuals in the Democratic community to look beyond 2006 and to think about strategies for the Democratic Party for the next decade. Sounds like required reading to me.

Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. And thanks to Lauren Goode for this link to The Hill which discusses this new journal.

From the DLC's Progressive Policy Institute comes Raising Our Game: A National Competition Strategy. This is the same think tank that brought us NAFTA & CAFTA, so its interesting to read about their stepped up interest in enforcement of the rights and relief for dislocated workers. I prefer the points on trade discussed here.

I read somewhere that DLC leader, Iowa Governor and presidential candidate Tom Vilsack has been meeting and talking with "New Democrats" and labor leaders to forge a new, more unified agenda. Here is a 56 minute video from a recent appearance on The Charlie Rose Show.


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