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  •  If This Had Been the Way the Rightwing Organized (7+ / 0-)

    beginning in the mid 60's when they were without power in the Republican Party and without access to the media, we'd have national single payer health care today, rooftop solar across the country and retirement at age 45. Ronald Reagan would be the disgraced ex governor of California.

    In the 60's-70's the rightwing worked in 2 directions simultaneously. To begin to reach the mainstream directly, they founded a number of thinktanks and schools at university (etc., as urged in the Powell Memo) to create memes, frames, and messages and to develop speakers and experts to feed to the media.

    But on the populist front, they recruited evangelicalism. This bought them an already-up-and-running recruitment and mobilization infrastructure, and equally crucially, it bought them an up-and-running television and radio outreach infrastructure. I'm not well versed in the history of this, other than watching evangelicalism evolve in the 70's and 80's possibly with guidance from conservatism to become much more mainstream than it had been in the 60's.

    We might be able to replicate some of the thinktank development of the rightwing, though that requires a great deal of wealth and we're very weak in that area. I don't see that we have the ability to replicate the populist machine of evangelicalism on our side.

    But it's worth thinking about that because it's a new age, and there may be an array of things we can do today to give us the outreach and energizing capabilities that evangelicalism gave the rightwing in the early 70's.

    There's nothing wrong with Occupy and similar political theater but it cannot reach the mainstream for anything beyond conveying an image or a slogan.

    What we need for that is something inverse of Occupy, something that's largely not visible in the mainstream public square but is connecting with millions of ordinary people in terms and concepts and emotions that are the stuff of their daily lives.

    A very tall order, and since nothing like evangelicalism exists on the left, it would probably have to be woven together from a number of different threads.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 11:28:03 AM PDT

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