Lee Fang: That's
right. It's adapted from one of the
chapters in the book.
Uh-huh. It is mind-boggling,
truly mind-boggling to read this. Back
in the early days when -- Opednews just had a tenth anniversary, and when I was
starting it back in 2003 just before the Iraq war, there was a lot of talk then
about how the Left needed to have some smart think tanks, and Think Progress
was funded -- or, what's it called again?
Center for American Progress.
Lee Fang: Which
hosts Think Progress, correct.
Rob Kall: Yeah. What you've described here is a plague, a
literal plague of different organizations and operations that is so much more
massively funded. It's hard to get my
head around it, really. Is there a big
picture that you can give us an overview of it with?
Lee Fang: Yeah. And congratulations on your ten year
anniversary of the show and the website, that's great.
Rob Kall: Thank you.
Lee Fang: But let me
give you the big picture view, and the very big picture is that Republicans in
the late 60s and early 70s saw the Civil Rights Movement, The Clean Air Act,
the Environmental Justice Movement, all these Progressive, bottom up movements,
and they were shocked, to say the least.
They worked with the business community to found the big DC-centric
think tanks that helped spark the Reagan Revolution all the way through George
Bush; and that's the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, rebuilding and
reforming the American Enterprise Institute, and all of these think tanks that
have helped staff and provide the intellectual fodder for Republicans for
Well, my article in The Nation looks at this
process as it continued after 2008. When
President Obama was first elected in 2008, Republicans looked at each other,
and decided that the way that they would continue their movement, the way that
they would rebuild and keep pushing these policies, was to look beyond DC and
start building the same type of political structure that they have in DC, but
in every single State Capitol around the country. The article looks at these coordinating
institutions, chief among them, The State Policy network.
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)