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    In 1998 when Hillary Clinton mentioned that there was a "vast right-wing conspiracy" at work, it was easy to label her accusation frivolous and erroneous because of the context in which she made the accusation. That is, she accused those who were after Bill Clinton because of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and when Bill finally admitted his wrong-doing it made Hillary's accusation seem phoney.

    However, that did not and does not mean that the right-wing conspiracy does not exist. In fact, it does exist, and it is why we are in this state of deep partisan political conflict, economic crises, global crises, wars, and tribulation.

    As an article titled ALEC and The Federalist Society reveals, it began in the 1950s with the John Birch Society and McCarthyism. It was revived and expanded by Reaganism in the 1980s, and it was firmly entrenched during the Bush presidency, to the extent that now the wealthiest few rule completely, regardless of who is in the White House.

    They virtually control all three branches of the U.S. Government, but most importantly they control most state governments one way or another. And the right-wing conspiracy is indeed vast. In includes the "Religious Right," The Federalist Society, The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), The Heritage Society, The Cato Institute, Fox News, Clear Channel, the American Action Network (ANN), and the list of well organized right-wing PACs and think tanks is very long.

    There are countless phoney conspiracy theories being floated around on the Internet, but this one is all too real. And it will be stopped only when it is exposed and brought into the light of scrutiny, because until Bill Moyers broke the story in 2012 and updated it recently, it has been very successful at keeping its activity unknown to the public.
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    Guy --

    Thank you for posting this. The article ALEC and The Federalist Society is an eye opener. I had looked into this a while back, but the article brings it all together in one long well documented piece. It's scary. I recommend everyone find the time to read it and reflect on what has been happening in our society for a long time.

    I should add that Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell in 1971, two months before being sworn in as a justice of the court, wrote a memo that is termed the Powell Manifesto. It was not made available until long after he was sworn into the Supreme Court.

    The Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto)

    In it he also sees a conspiracy of sorts, not by the right but rather the left. A few extracts:

    "No thoughtful person can question that the American economic system is under broad attack. This varies in scope, intensity, in the techniques employed, and in the level of visibility...We are not dealing with sporadic or isolated attacks from a relatively few extremists or even from the minority socialist cadre. Rather, the assault on the enterprise system is broadly based and consistently pursued. It is gaining momentum and converts.

    "The sources are varied and diffused. They include, not unexpectedly, the Communists, New Leftists and other revolutionaries who would destroy the entire system, both political and economic. These extremists of the left are far more numerous, better financed, and increasingly are more welcomed and encouraged by other elements of society, than ever before in our history. But they remain a small minority, and are not yet the principal cause for concern.

    "The most disquieting voices joining the chorus of criticism come from perfectly respectable elements of society: from the college campus, the pulpit, the media, the intellectual and literary journals, the arts and sciences, and from politicians. In most of these groups the movement against the system is participated in only by minorities. Yet, these often are the most articulate, the most vocal, the most prolific in their writing and speaking."


    Powell goes on to attack Ralph Nadar amongst other as enemies of the business community, but mostly his target is our universities where he proposed that the Chamber of Commerce create a "Staff of Scholars" that would vet professors, speakers, text books and just about every aspect of campus life to be more business friendly. I couldn't find if Powell was a member of the John Birch Society but he certainly seemed at the time to echo some of the same concerns.

    It all kind of fits together...from McCarthyism in the 1950s to the current state of affairs with the Tea Party doing the hard work of the John Birch Society. The Supreme Court has been a partner in this conspiracy with the most outrageous decision that of Bush v Gore in 2000, but later the Citizens United ruling and today, the squashing of a vital part of the Civil Rights Act.

    Another good book is Justice for Sale published in 1993 that covers many of the same things your article covers.

    I'm glad you posted this. I'll try keep this thread alive with discussion of some of the key points brought out. We sometimes get bogged down in discussing much of the trivia being blasted out by the media, but this is much more important, if not intellectually challenging.
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    Schmidt,

    Thanks for the Powell quote. You certainly understand the situation. I just wish more people did.

    Of course most people don't because those who started and continue the right-wing conspiracy are very smart and very cunning -- which is what made the rich in the first place.

    They have very successfully pulled the wool over the eyes of many Americans, even many Democrats. They may not have been able to get away with it without Ronald Reagan, because he really was a very charming television pitchman who appeared genuine. And he probably actually believed what he was saying, having been so carefully groomed and prepared for so many years by General Electric executives.

    All we can do is keep telling the truth as we know it.
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    Guy --

    I have looked at timelines and charts of our economic well being that go back as far as a hundred years or more. Those charts that depict income and wealth inequality show a major shift in the trend lines and a widening of the gap between the top 1 percent (or 0.01 percent) versus the 99 percent or 99.99 percent after Reagan was elected.

    The graph of the Top 1 Percent of income in this Inequality website shows two peaks. In 1928, right before the big stock market crash and start of the Great Depression, the Top 1 percent had a 23.9 percent share of the total pretax income. That Top 1 Percent's share dropped to a low of 8.9 percent in 1976 and then really started its steep climb during the Reagan years and continuing upward until it reached 23.5 percent in 2007, right before another stock market crash in 2008 and start of the Great Recession.

    There are other graphs of interest in the linked website, but I won't go into these now.

    I have also tried to correlate these trend lines with notable global events, pieces of legislation, or other factors, and it's just hard to point a finger at one piece of legislation or event and say, "that's the cause." Rather a multitude of factors leading up to Reagan's election and beyond to the current day have contributed to the widening of disparity in the last 30 years. I believe it is a series of smaller incremental changes made year after year as lobbyists and special interest groups chip away at the various provisions and safeguards contained in Roosevelt's New Deal. Money certainly plays a big part as our elected politicians have difficulty winning an election without the contributions of their generous big benefactors.

    As you mentioned, the "Religious Right," The Federalist Society, The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), The Heritage Society, The Cato Institute, Fox News, Clear Channel, the American Action Network (ANN), and the long list of well organized right-wing PACs and think tanks have all been a factor in this growing income disparity...plus lobbyists and special interest groups. But is it a conspiracy in the sense that the Top 1 percent are colluding in illegal activities? Or is it more driven by just plain greed? Or both?

    What has been always surprising is how some very very smart people amongst those Top 1 Percent have been able to change the mindsets of millions of middle class working Americans to vote against their own personal interests, whether it be taxes, the environment, education, Climate Change, jobs, heath care and much more, largely on the basis of false information put out by the politicians themselves, plus Fox News, Clear Channel, religious groups, private schools, and more. We cannot deny that they have been successful in changing the way people think...getting to the neural pathways in their brains through repetition of lies or just playing to emotions.

    The psychologist, George Lakoff, describes how as much as 98 percent of what we think and do is in our unconscious...and how that unconscious part of our brains controls our thoughts. It also explains why so many on the far right have 100 percent certitude in their beliefs. I won't get into how those mindsets or worldviews were created and nourished from birth through adulthood, but I cannot help but feel that so many of our populace have been deliberately manipulated using fear, anger and hate...and those mindsets, once created or learned, are very difficult to unlearn. It sure smacks of a conspiracy to me, and the evidence that it is working is in the charts of inequality in this country.
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    Guy Dwyer Wrote: Schmidt,

    Thanks for the Powell quote. You certainly understand the situation. I just wish more people did.

    Of course most people don't because those who started and continue the right-wing conspiracy are very smart and very cunning -- which is what made the rich in the first place.

    They have very successfully pulled the wool over the eyes of many Americans, even many Democrats. They may not have been able to get away with it without Ronald Reagan, because he really was a very charming television pitchman who appeared genuine. And he probably actually believed what he was saying, having been so carefully groomed and prepared for so many years by General Electric executives.

    All we can do is keep telling the truth as we know it.
    "Schmidt" repeating the text you wrote:

    As you mentioned, the "Religious Right," The Federalist Society, The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), The Heritage Society, The Cato Institute, Fox News, Clear Channel, the American Action Network (ANN), and the long list of well organized right-wing PACs and think tanks have all been a factor in this growing income disparity...plus lobbyists and special interest groups. But is it a conspiracy in the sense that the Top 1 percent are colluding in illegal activities? Or is it more driven by just plain greed? Or both?

    Indeed these organizations have a strong foothold in the GOP; especially the "Religious Right"; somehow that is not amazing; because our forefathers settled here because they escaped other countries where they were not tolerated. That is why they have become more and more fanatic, then elswhere. Mostly these are people who are indoctrinated from all their ancesters way down and so on. They are certainly not open minded and researchfull. The word "conservative" says it all. Like I said in previous "threads" in this country; do not dare to be anti Jesus or the military, they are holier than "hell" especially if it is as well an Republican. Polarization makes this even worse than in the past. I saw on the news that the Atheist movement put up a monument in FL; of course the religeous right was there to scream and throw toilet seats etc. No this is no longer a honest tolerant country as portrayed in the movies.
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    Guy Dwyer Wrote: In 1998 when Hillary Clinton mentioned that there was a "vast right-wing conspiracy" at work, it was easy to label her accusation frivolous and erroneous because of the context in which she made the accusation. That is, she accused those who were after Bill Clinton because of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and when Bill finally admitted his wrong-doing it made Hillary's accusation seem phoney.

    However, that did not and does not mean that the right-wing conspiracy does not exist. In fact, it does exist, and it is why we are in this state of deep partisan political conflict, economic crises, global crises, wars, and tribulation.

    As an article titled ALEC and The Federalist Society reveals, it began in the 1950s with the John Birch Society and McCarthyism. It was revived and expanded by Reaganism in the 1980s, and it was firmly entrenched during the Bush presidency, to the extent that now the wealthiest few rule completely, regardless of who is in the White House.

    They virtually control all three branches of the U.S. Government, but most importantly they control most state governments one way or another. And the right-wing conspiracy is indeed vast. In includes the "Religious Right," The Federalist Society, The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), The Heritage Society, The Cato Institute, Fox News, Clear Channel, the American Action Network (ANN), and the list of well organized right-wing PACs and think tanks is very long.

    There are countless phoney conspiracy theories being floated around on the Internet, but this one is all too real. And it will be stopped only when it is exposed and brought into the light of scrutiny, because until Bill Moyers broke the story in 2012 and updated it recently, it has been very successful at keeping its activity unknown to the public.
    Putting aside the terminology "right wing conspiracy" which does n't travel well beyond USA political scene ? This seems to be the nearest on the site to political expressions of what we old fashioned socialists call "class politics". From which perspective there is no "conspiracy". The system is understood rather as the few getting / staying rich and in power by exploiting , surpressing and hoodwinking the many ! Calling it a conspiracy implies that all would be well if these sinister individuals desisted, that there is nothing really wrong apart from that !
    and yes, as one contributer pointed out, this raises the question of why so many believe and support what is in reality against their well being. (sorry name not noted) You may not have noticed, but all the protests sweeping the world seem to be involving predominantly educated/professional ie middle class layer ! Who are frustrated, threatened and angry over some aspect of the policies/privileges/abuse of the ruling elite. With no sign that they put this down to "conspiracy". They don't think a perfectly good system is being perverted by a few - many possible most, think the system itself is perverted ! (even though most do not hold a class/socialist perspective)
    That's surprising ? Its certainly not how things stood a decade ago ! What I'm getting at is that following events worldwide and historically is a lot more productive of useful insights than hatching/re hashing conspiracy theories! It may even throw some light onto why the states side perspective is the odd one out (at present)
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    Schmidt Wrote: Guy --

    As you mentioned, the "Religious Right," The Federalist Society, The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), The Heritage Society, The Cato Institute, Fox News, Clear Channel, the American Action Network (ANN), and the long list of well organized right-wing PACs and think tanks have all been a factor in this growing income disparity...plus lobbyists and special interest groups. But is it a conspiracy in the sense that the Top 1 percent are colluding in illegal activities? Or is it more driven by just plain greed? Or both?

    What has been always surprising is how some very very smart people amongst those Top 1 Percent have been able to change the mindsets of millions of middle class working Americans to vote against their own personal interests, whether it be taxes, the environment, education, Climate Change, jobs, heath care and much more, largely on the basis of false information put out by the politicians themselves, plus Fox News, Clear Channel, religious groups, private schools, and more. We cannot deny that they have been successful in changing the way people think...getting to the neural pathways in their brains through repetition of lies or just playing to emotions.

    The psychologist, George Lakoff, describes how as much as 98 percent of what we think and do is in our unconscious...and how that unconscious part of our brains controls our thoughts. It also explains why so many on the far right have 100 percent certitude in their beliefs. I won't get into how those mindsets or worldviews were created and nourished from birth through adulthood, but I cannot help but feel that so many of our populace have been deliberately manipulated using fear, anger and hate...and those mindsets, once created or learned, are very difficult to unlearn. It sure smacks of a conspiracy to me, and the evidence that it is working is in the charts of inequality in this country.
    Schmidt,

    Sorry for editing your post. It's not that I don't appreciate your work. I do indeed, and I thank you so much for that information. Everyone should know about that Inequality site.

    To answer your question, though, I don't think there's a right-wing conspiracy because the extremely wealthy "are colluding in illegal activities" very much. They do, of course, when they can't get their way politically. But at times, such as in the 1920s and since 1982, they have been enabled by legislators, who they have "lobbied" (bribed), to do pretty much what they want. They get to do what they want "legally." And obviously it is due to their greed.

    Consider that in the 1960s Americans could get a guaranteed 5 percent interest on their bank savings and get loans at a set 5 percent interest; that the minimum wage was very close to a living wage; that before Reaganism took hold there were only 13 Billionaires in America while today there are 425 Billionaires; and I could go on and on about how and why the system has been rigged to benefit the wealthiest few and screw the rest of us.

    I think the wealthiest few have been able to change the mindsets of millions of middle class working Americans because of Reaganism and Reaganomics, because Ronald Reagan was very carefully groomed for a political career by corporate executives at General Electric, who he worked for not only by being a television spokesman but by speaking across the country spouting anti-union corporate propaganda.

    But, it's also because Reagan was carefully schooled while Governor of California by preachers on the "religious right," which is why Reagan gave a speech labeling the Soviet Union as the "Gog, of the land of Magog," mentioned in the Bible. That's also when the Reaganite "Gospel of Prosperity" solidified in Reagan's mind, because that's when right-wing theocratic preachers started convincing Reagan that Jesus of Nazareth wanted us to regard the wealthy as blessed by God while the poor deserve their lot.

    As an article titled Poverty: America's Greatest Shame states at the beginning:

    "The idea that 'God helps those who help themselves' is deeply ingrained in the American culture, and that's because there is a strong element of truth in it.

    However, wealthy right-wing partisans in America, most of whom claim to be Christians, have always tended to distort that idea claiming it means that you are simply on your own, that the poor deserve their lot, and that government's role is not to promote the general welfare to ensure domestic tranquility (even though the Founding Fathers said it is).

    That is why especially during the last 30 years we have increasingly seen politicians ignoring the plight of the working poor, the poor, the disabled and the elderly, preferring to declare people should be self-reliant while at the same time providing the wealthiest few with great entitlement and privilege, pretending that is the patriotic and Christian thing to do.

    That's why it is so important to understand that it's not. The 'Religious Right' in America merely managed to turn Christianity upside down by taking isolated sentences from the Bible to 'prove' their right-wing political ideology was Christian.
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    I believe it is not at all Christian. And yet the "religious right" has been led to believe it is, and they, with Reagan's help and charm, convinced a lot of other Americans that it is.

    However, that's not a new idea. It existed long before Reaganism, ever since the fourth century and even before that. And just think of the old American song, God Bless the Child, in which a verse says: "Them that's got shall get. Them that's not shall lose. So the Bible says, but it still is news." But the article I cited explains just how and why that idea was established, and how and why it is wrong.

    So I think Reaganism was easily sold and readily bought by most of the American people, who just did not realize how the wool was being pulled over their eyes.
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    wildsage Wrote: Putting aside the terminology "right wing conspiracy" which doesn't travel well beyond USA political scene ? This seems to be the nearest on the site to political expressions of what we old fashioned socialists call "class politics". From which perspective there is no "conspiracy". The system is understood rather as the few getting / staying rich and in power by exploiting , surpressing and hoodwinking the many ! Calling it a conspiracy implies that all would be well if these sinister individuals desisted, that there is nothing really wrong apart from that !
    and yes, as one contributer pointed out, this raises the question of why so many believe and support what is in reality against their well being. (sorry name not noted) You may not have noticed, but all the protests sweeping the world seem to be involving predominantly educated/professional ie middle class layer ! Who are frustrated, threatened and angry over some aspect of the policies/privileges/abuse of the ruling elite. With no sign that they put this down to "conspiracy". They don't think a perfectly good system is being perverted by a few - many possible most, think the system itself is perverted ! (even though most do not hold a class/socialist perspective)
    That's surprising ? Its certainly not how things stood a decade ago ! What I'm getting at is that following events worldwide and historically is a lot more productive of useful insights than hatching/re hashing conspiracy theories! It may even throw some light onto why the states side perspective is the odd one out (at present)
    I believe most people don't want to use the word "conspiracy" because there are so many ridiculous and outrageous conspiracy theories out there floating around.

    But, that doesn't mean there is no right-wing conspiracy. Indeed there is, in the board rooms of corporations, banks, PACs, think tanks, etc. And the wealthiest few in every nation where there is huge income disparity have colluded and conspired to make it so.

    I do not believe that protesters around the world "don't think a perfectly good system is being perverted by a few." The system is perverted because the wealthiest few have had the power to pervert it.

    As for "class politics" I think of the term "class warfare," a term which the Reaganite Republicans use to try to silence dissent every time a conscientious, fair minded progressive activist criticizes the wealthiest few for being greedy and selfish.

    I agree with you that following events worldwide and historically is very productive. In fact it is necessary in order for progressives to deal with all the inequity, unfairness, inequality, and injustice in the nation and world. One of the ways to do that is to USE the historic record to show exactly how and why things became so unfair, and expose actual conspiracies (not "theories").

    For example, read The 21st Century Declaration of Independence, and Poverty: America's Greatest Shame.
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    G. Dwyer
    Thanks - I can see I was misunderstood. Maybe it is clearer if I say the rich and powerful have "class solidarity" and the means to ensure they get their way ie power. connections and money. They "organise" on every level to "get their way" and yes some certainly do engage in clandestine and illegal activities too. No level is too low to stoop to for the most ideologically driven of them. On this we agree ? and I also agree that exposing their activities is helpful. It could well be that this is more important in USA "the worlds policeman" /enforcer. But my point is that "conspiracy" does not explain the system itself and believing it does distracts from effective collaboration to change things - and that's what I hope will happen (and millions do - not just those who read about all that abuse of power ...)
    I agree with the contributor who wrote that this is a process of destruction of the "new deal". Across "the pond" we call it the "post war settlement" I believe "they" got really "cocky" and aggressive thinking they had "won" with the disintergration of the "soviet" union. Thinking they no longer had to offer concessions (in the developed "democracies") to deter political radicalism. Actually they also no longer had a convenient "bogey man" to intimidate us with and the advent of global economic crisis has resulted in an upsurge in mass opposition to "their" system. Interestingly taking a far more political form than ever in the whole post war period ! Do you agree ? The democratic "consensus" is disintegrating - whatever we vote, we get the same ! Surely linked to the increase in demos/uprisings ? So we have a growing "crisis of democracy" on top of an economic crisis ! I'm sure that none of this is consciously thought out no more than there is a conspiracy behind how the system works. They are maybe getting hysterical - be happy ! Its a sign of fear not confidence!
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    wildsage Wrote: G. Dwyer
    Thanks - I can see I was misunderstood. Maybe it is clearer if I say the rich and powerful have "class solidarity" and the means to ensure they get their way ie power. connections and money. They "organise" on every level to "get their way" and yes some certainly do engage in clandestine and illegal activities too. No level is too low to stoop to for the most ideologically driven of them. On this we agree ? and I also agree that exposing their activities is helpful. It could well be that this is more important in USA "the worlds policeman" /enforcer. But my point is that "conspiracy" does not explain the system itself and believing it does distracts from effective collaboration to change things - and that's what I hope will happen (and millions do - not just those who read about all that abuse of power ...)
    I agree with the contributor who wrote that this is a process of destruction of the "new deal". Across "the pond" we call it the "post war settlement" I believe "they" got really "cocky" and aggressive thinking they had "won" with the disintergration of the "soviet" union. Thinking they no longer had to offer concessions (in the developed "democracies") to deter political radicalism. Actually they also no longer had a convenient "bogey man" to intimidate us with and the advent of global economic crisis has resulted in an upsurge in mass opposition to "their" system. Interestingly taking a far more political form than ever in the whole post war period ! Do you agree ? The democratic "consensus" is disintegrating - whatever we vote, we get the same ! Surely linked to the increase in demos/uprisings ? So we have a growing "crisis of democracy" on top of an economic crisis ! I'm sure that none of this is consciously thought out no more than there is a conspiracy behind how the system works. They are maybe getting hysterical - be happy ! Its a sign of fear not confidence!
    We are generally in agreement, and I understand your problem with the "conspiracy" label. Basically, it think it is to point out that Hillary was not a kook for saying a right-wing conspiracy was at work.

    The conspiracy label is also problematic because there are so many absurd conspiracies floating around. But, still, conspiracies do exist, and there is in fact a right-wing conspiracy to maintain power, just as there was a right-wing conspiracy that began in the 1950s and culminated in 1981 to regain power that Roosevelt's New Deal had greatly diminished.
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    Wildsage and Guy --

    Regarding the word "conspiracy" I agree that the word has different meanings to many people. As one who has chased down several of Alex Jones's far fetched and often crazy conspiracy theories, my mental conditioning automatically invokes doubt and suspicion. It's a reflexive reaction. But on the other hand, I'm used to reading many excellent articles Guy has posted on this website, so I can look past my bias and just read about what I would term "organized greed."

    Conservatives themselves refer to their campaign as "Movement Conservatism" but without mentioning any of the illegal elements to it. A 2007 article in Source Watch describes Movement Conservatism as "a self-serving and socially malevolent cabal of mega-corporations, right-wing think tanks in Washington, their archconservative foundation benefactors, and an intricate nationwide network of linkages in the communications media, religion, higher education, and law. It has been called the "conservative labyrinth," and common to all its elements is a theology of "free markets," an ideology coming to full bloom in the Administration of George W. Bush. Today, the G.O.P. seeks to impose it at every turn."

    Although written six years ago, it touches on many of the same aspects as Guy's article ALEC and The Federalist Society. It compliments that article and other articles on this subject.

    Going even further back to 2003 (ten years ago) Sheldon Wolin coined the term "inverted totalitarianism" in describing how the Bush administration and it's Republican majority Congress at the time created,

    "...a pervasive atmosphere of fear abetted by a corporate economy of ruthless downsizing, withdrawal or reduction of pension and health benefits; a corporate political system that relentlessly threatens to privatize Social Security and the modest health benefits available, especially to the poor. With such instrumentalities for promoting uncertainty and dependence, it is almost overkill for inverted totalitarianism to employ a system of criminal justice that is punitive in the extreme, relishes the death penalty and is consistently biased against the powerless."

    "Thus the elements are in place: a weak legislative body, a legal system that is both compliant and repressive, a party system in which one party, whether in opposition or in the majority, is bent upon reconstituting the existing system so as to permanently favor a ruling class of the wealthy, the well-connected and the corporate, while leaving the poorer citizens with a sense of helplessness and political despair, and, at the same time, keeping the middle classes dangling between fear of unemployment and expectations of fantastic rewards once the new economy recovers. That scheme is abetted by a sycophantic and increasingly concentrated media; by the integration of universities with their corporate benefactors; by a propaganda machine institutionalized in well-funded think tanks and conservative foundations; by the increasingly closer cooperation between local police and national law enforcement agencies aimed at identifying terrorists, suspicious aliens and domestic dissidents."


    Sheldon Wolin, The Nation, May 19, 2003: Inverted Totalitarianism

    So if we call it a right wing conspiracy, movement conservatism or inverted totalitarianism, it all appears to pointing in the same direction.
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    Schmidt,

    Thanks. And you're right. Just as a rose is a rose by any other name, a conspiracy is a conspiracy by any other name.

    I am not wed to the term, though. In fact, I only used it to point out that Hillary was right in the 1990s, even though she used the term in the wrong context and for the wrong reason.

    The point I am interesting in making is that there has been a concerted effort by the wealthiest few in America following World War II to change the course of politics and government, from being dominated by New Deal Democrats and moderate Republicans, to being dominated by the likes of Joseph McCarthy, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan, all of whom served the interests of the wealthiest few and their banks, financial institutions, and corporations.

    And they succeeded amazingly well, due to the charm of Ronald Reagan and the very misleading and deceptive propaganda that he spread, which very effectively pulled the wool over the eyes of many Americans.
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    David Corn, Mother Jones, July 25, 2013: Inside Groundswell: Read the Memos of the New Right-Wing Strategy Group Planning a "30 Front War"

    From David Corn:

    "Ginni Thomas, Allen West, and a crew of conservative activists and journalists have formed a hush-hush coalition to battle progressives—and Karl Rove.

    "Believing they are losing the messaging war with progressives, a group of prominent conservatives in Washington—including the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and journalists from Breitbart News and the Washington Examiner—has been meeting privately since early this year to concoct talking points, coordinate messaging, and hatch plans for "a 30 front war seeking to fundamentally transform the nation," according to documents obtained by Mother Jones.

    "Dubbed Groundswell, this coalition convenes weekly in the offices of Judicial Watch, the conservative legal watchdog group. During these hush-hush sessions and through a Google group, the members of Groundswell—including aides to congressional Republicans—cook up battle plans for their ongoing fights against the Obama administration, congressional Democrats, progressive outfits, and the Republican establishment and "clueless" GOP congressional leaders. They devise strategies for killing immigration reform, hyping the Benghazi controversy, and countering the impression that the GOP exploits racism. And the Groundswell gang is mounting a behind-the-scenes organized effort to eradicate the outsize influence of GOP über-strategist/pundit Karl Rove within Republican and conservative ranks."


    David Corn's article addresses what appears to be another right wing splinter group or maybe just a rebranding of the main right wing conspiracists that Guy Dwyer has discussed in his original posting. They are all basically doing the same thing but with a different emphasis. However, this group is not content to just target liberals and progressives, but has also targeted Republicans like Karl Rove and Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Karl Rove not radical enough for them? Wow.

    Nevertheless, the new Groundswell collaborates with conservative Congresspersons including Sens. Jeff Sessions and Ted Cruz and Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), a leading tea partier. The group crafts Twitter hashtags; plots strategy on in-the-headlines issues such as voter ID, immigration reform, and the sequester; promotes politically useful scandals; and develops "action items."

    You really need to read Corn's entire article as I cannot summarize it without losing some of the flavor. I am reminded me of the Powell Memorandum when they state that they are losing the "political narrative to their progressive rivals."
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    Hillary was right
    too bad that she is now apart of that same conspiracy.
    She took hush money from the pharmacutical companies when she was in the Senate
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    Schmidt Wrote: David Corn, Mother Jones, July 25, 2013: Inside Groundswell: Read the Memos of the New Right-Wing Strategy Group Planning a "30 Front War"

    From David Corn:

    "Ginni Thomas, Allen West, and a crew of conservative activists and journalists have formed a hush-hush coalition to battle progressives—and Karl Rove.

    "Believing they are losing the messaging war with progressives, a group of prominent conservatives in Washington—including the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and journalists from Breitbart News and the Washington Examiner—has been meeting privately since early this year to concoct talking points, coordinate messaging, and hatch plans for "a 30 front war seeking to fundamentally transform the nation," according to documents obtained by Mother Jones.

    "Dubbed Groundswell, this coalition convenes weekly in the offices of Judicial Watch, the conservative legal watchdog group. During these hush-hush sessions and through a Google group, the members of Groundswell—including aides to congressional Republicans—cook up battle plans for their ongoing fights against the Obama administration, congressional Democrats, progressive outfits, and the Republican establishment and "clueless" GOP congressional leaders. They devise strategies for killing immigration reform, hyping the Benghazi controversy, and countering the impression that the GOP exploits racism. And the Groundswell gang is mounting a behind-the-scenes organized effort to eradicate the outsize influence of GOP über-strategist/pundit Karl Rove within Republican and conservative ranks."


    David Corn's article addresses what appears to be another right wing splinter group or maybe just a rebranding of the main right wing conspiracists that Guy Dwyer has discussed in his original posting. They are all basically doing the same thing but with a different emphasis. However, this group is not content to just target liberals and progressives, but has also targeted Republicans like Karl Rove and Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Karl Rove not radical enough for them? Wow.

    Nevertheless, the new Groundswell collaborates with conservative Congresspersons including Sens. Jeff Sessions and Ted Cruz and Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), a leading tea partier. The group crafts Twitter hashtags; plots strategy on in-the-headlines issues such as voter ID, immigration reform, and the sequester; promotes politically useful scandals; and develops "action items."

    You really need to read Corn's entire article as I cannot summarize it without losing some of the flavor. I am reminded me of the Powell Memorandum when they state that they are losing the "political narrative to their progressive rivals."
    Schmidt,

    Thanks much. Great find, and thanks for sharing it. It all fits.

    To me it's all part of the cult mentality. It usually has a "religious" component to provide "divine" justification for it, and often part of its selling appeal is also "patriotic," because after all, fighting for "God and Country" is a powerful motivator.

    The mentality and methodology of many cult leaders is much the same, and in a way it is Machiavellian. It gets the cult to hate and fear an enemy first, both to produce cult solidarity and the idea that it's "us against them," and to produce a cult superiority complex. And that's easy to see in both right-wing "religious" and political cults, like the Tea Party, which claims to be both religious and patriotic.

    Another is the cult that has for the last 60 years been built up around the John Birch Society, the Koch brothers, and the Libertarians, which are closely tied with Reaganism.

    The cult mentality and methodology is easy to see in the whole "Religious Right" in America, and especially in the "Rapture" cult that believes in the "Left Behind" book series which is based on the idea that "true believers" will be magically "beamed up" to heaven while the rest of us are doomed to experience the tribulation and ultimate destruction of our world. (They simply do not know that the prophesied tribulation has been taking place for the last hundred years, and has increased as we have neared the end of the age.)

    But I don't think many Americans are aware of how big the biggest "Christian" cult actually is, because it is called "The Family," and many of its members are members of Congress, Republican power brokers, etc., and many members are in the U.S. Military and call themselves "The Army of God." They are "Christian" Dominionists, and they believe they should rightfully rule the world by "divine right."

    So I'm tellin' you, it's big -- and during the last 60 years and especially the last 30 years, it has been amazingly successful in virtually ruling the nation and the world -- to the detriment of the vast majority of the people, the infrastructure, and the environment -- and in violation of the Constitution and the most essential teachings of Jesus. (See Why the "Religious Right" Is Wrong.)
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