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General News    H2'ed 6/3/13

Lee Fang; Mapping the Right Wing Cancer Metastasizing Throughout the States-- Part 1

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Lee Fang:   That's right.  It's adapted from one of the chapters in the book.


Rob Kall:   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 thirty years. 


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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