Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Absolute Must Read

Phenomenal article on the rise of the Right Wing media machine.


Key excerpt:
The story of the conservative rise that Stein portrays begins back in the early 1970s, when there was panic among conservatives, especially in corporate boardrooms, that capitalism was under serious attack, and something drastic had to be done about it. The National Chamber of Commerce asked Lewis Powell, a former head of the American Bar Association and member of 11 corporate boards, to write a blueprint of what had to be done. The result, says Stein, is one the most prescient documents of our time. The memo lays out the framework, the goals and the ingredients for the conservative revolution that has gained momentum and power ever since. Two months after penning the memo, then-President Richard M. Nixon appointed Powell, a Democrat, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Powell told the conservatives that they needed to confront liberalism everywhere and needed a "scale of financing only available through a joint effort" focused on an array of principles including less government, lower taxes, deregulation and challenging the left agenda everywhere. The conservative right, starting with seed money from the Coors Brewing family and Richard Mellon Scaife's publishing enterprise, moved forward to implement virtually every element of the Powell memo. It is a story of how the conservatives – in spite of political differences, ego, and competing priorities – were able to cooperate and develop a methodology that drives their issues and values relentlessly.


Monday, February 07, 2005

Right Vs. Right

I love this article from "The American Conservative."

The title?
"Hunger for Dictatorship - War to export democracy may wreck our own."
Check it out.


Sunday, February 06, 2005

Social Security: Birth of a Bad Salesman

Well actually, according to the Washington Post Bush is quite a good salesman:

Birth of a Salesman: Pitching Social Security

Odd I thought we already HAD Social Security and el Presidente was trying to PRIVITIZE it. But what do I know? I'm just one of the masses... anyways, the not the tactics of a successful salesman:

"Sell urgency!" (check!)
"Build rapport, be polite!" (polite... only infront of the masses... check)
"Use visuals (including yourself)! (we got the bestest visuals! big huge walls with repeating slogans... check!)
"Use humor!" (sure! check!)
Stay positive! (hard not to be when you don't do dissent... check!)
Use your audience! (easy when they're hand picked sitcom extras! check!)
Sweet! Bush has em all! And 'merica loves him!

Uh, oh... that big, bad Northeastern Liberal New York Times doesn't:
EDITORIAL: Read the Fine Print
The first line?
The more we learn, the worse it gets.
Oh I don't think George & Karl with like that at all...