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Wealthy Liberals Form Partnership, Pledge to Support Think Tanks
Washington Post ^ | August 10, 2005 | Edsall, Thomas

Posted on 08/18/2005 3:20:04 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

At least eighty wealthy liberals have each pledged $1 million or more to the newly established Democracy Alliance to fund a network of progressive think tanks and advocacy groups, the Washington Post reports.

The goal of the alliance, which was founded last spring, is to foster the development of liberal and left-leaning institutions that can counter the influence of established conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, the Hoover Institution, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Cato Institute. According to alliance officials, many liberal groups are too focused on promoting an agenda that was enacted when Democrats enjoyed majorities in the Senate and House, as opposed to generating new ideas and strategies designed to win support from voters. To help stem the erosion of the Democratic Party's base, alliance staff members and its board of directors plan to draw up a list of groups that can effectively develop and promote liberal and progressive ideas.

"There has never been an organized or coordinated look at connecting the dots of the progressive movement," said San Francisco businessman and alliance board member Mark Buell. "For forty years, we had a voice somewhere, the White House, the House, the Senate. For the first time, we find ourselves without a voice."

Shifting money to the alliance could spell the end of pro-Democratic groups such as America Coming Together (ACT) and the Media Fund, which depend on many of the same donors as the alliance. ACT recently announced it was closing state offices and laying off staff, and its principal funder, billionaire George Soros, has stopped donating to it.

Many liberal groups have been dependent on one-year foundation grants for specific projects, said Democratic strategist and alliance founder Rob Stein, while the money flowing to conservative groups has often taken the form of long-term commitments with no strings attached. "To be effective in the twenty-first century in promoting your beliefs, it is necessary to have a financially secure institutional infrastructure that has the capacity to promote consistently and coherently a set of ideas, policies, and messages," said Stein. "We understand that it's very hard to promote a belief system and to be operationally high performing if you don't have multi-year funding."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: foundations; fundingtheleft; left; liberal; richliberals; thinktank
The thing is, when you give a liberal a no-strings attached grant and send him off, the tendency for a lot of pot to get smoked is greater than any actual work to get done. Besides, it runs contrary to the desire of the left to control every aspect of what people do with their own or anyone else's money.

PS I used the search function and did not find this story posted anywhere.

1 posted on 08/18/2005 3:20:05 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
"We understand that it's very hard to promote a belief system and to be operationally high performing if you don't have multi-year funding."

Also, you need to actually believe in something coherent...

2 posted on 08/18/2005 3:28:59 AM PDT by aBootes
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

As the pot smoking Beatles once said, 'Money can't buy you love'. And it sure cannot buy you wisdom.


3 posted on 08/18/2005 3:30:54 AM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: aBootes

So...what will they actually "think" of in the tank? Hmmmm? My first guess is how to pretend to be for something...anything that the American people will vote for.


4 posted on 08/18/2005 3:31:41 AM PDT by gr8eman (Idiots are idiots because they are too stupid to know that they are idiots.)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
Rich Liberals Vow to Fund Think Tanks - Aim Is to Compete With Conservatives
August 7:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1459007/posts
5 posted on 08/18/2005 3:43:20 AM PDT by visagoth (If you think education is expensive - try ignorance)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

LOL, this has Liberals and Think in the same sentence...good one.


6 posted on 08/18/2005 3:43:56 AM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: visagoth

Thanks. I really did look. Even searched with that title.


7 posted on 08/18/2005 3:48:34 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (If you want to know the truth, I am lying.)
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Yep. I run into the same thing all the time when I post. I have since switched to using google intead or the built-in search.

At google I search: site:freerepublic.com keyword
and find most everything better than the forum search.

8 posted on 08/18/2005 3:51:02 AM PDT by visagoth (If you think education is expensive - try ignorance)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
Thanks. I really did look. Even searched with that title.

The key to a successful search is to enter a word found in the title, not the whole title at once. Select a word pertaining to the subject, and you may even find search results with different headlines but covering the same subject.

In this case, I would have selected the word tanks.

9 posted on 08/18/2005 4:20:27 AM PDT by willieroe
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To: gr8eman
So...what will they actually "think" of in the tank? Hmmmm? My first guess is how to pretend to be for something...anything that the American people will vote for.

Or, possibly, how to "delicately re-phrase" what already exists so that we'll vote for it. NRO's Corner has a link to an interesting analysis of this piece.

10 posted on 08/18/2005 4:22:18 AM PDT by aBootes
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

I wonder how sandals and t-shirt liberals feel about being controlled by "the rich".


11 posted on 08/18/2005 4:23:14 AM PDT by freepy smurf (Brought to you by The Frog Council - "Frog; The Other Green Meat")
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To: visagoth

Looks to me like Freerepublic should buy Google right away.


12 posted on 08/18/2005 4:26:26 AM PDT by nygoose
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Paying bright liberals to think will subvert the liberal cause. Thinking often leads to conservative views.


13 posted on 08/18/2005 4:36:20 AM PDT by Rockingham
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Thinking often leads to conservative views.

That has been my path.

The only obstacle we have to becoming the permanent majority are the thoughtless reactionaries and the social conservatives.

The former doesn't realize when it is giving up freedom and the latter wants to control your life as much as the libs.

14 posted on 08/18/2005 4:39:02 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (If you want to know the truth, I am lying.)
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But....but...., there are no rich liberals, they hate wealth and..and the wealthy.....this can't be right........probably a vast right wing conspiracy.


15 posted on 08/18/2005 4:42:34 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (If John Roberts is unfit for this Supreme Court,-this Supreme Court is unfit for the USA.)
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But....but...., there are no rich liberals,

The most intersting statistic I saw for the 2004 election was a breakdown of how the wealthiest voted.

Kerry won by 59% to 41% the votes of those Americans who had more than $10 million in assets to invest. The so-called ultra-high-net worth individuals.

Bush won by 72% to 38% those with between $1 million and $10 million to invest.

There are probably a lot of ways to analyse this, but to me it is a symptom of those who earn their money and those whose money earn for them. People with more than $10 million to invest don't have to work. Often they inherited their money and don't even know what it means to work. Thex could care less if others catch up because they already have their.

Those with $1 to $10 million certainly are rich, but no so much that they needn't work. The probably earned that money and know what it means to work hard. They don't want to deny those below them the opportunity to do the same and beleive in a dynamic, optimistic and meritocritous America.

It's like the old adage about what the difference is between a conservationist and a developer: The conservationist built his home last year.

16 posted on 08/18/2005 4:51:52 AM PDT by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (If you want to know the truth, I am lying.)
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This story has been posted for the last two weeks, but still fails to give a hint as to who these 80 very rich liberals are.

That, to me, is the fascinating heart of the matter.
Unless they are all retired and stupid, there could be some heavy duty consequences.

17 posted on 08/18/2005 4:56:08 AM PDT by Publius6961 (Liberal level playing field: If the Islamics win we are their slaves..if we win they are our equals.)
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Sounds pretty clear they have surrendered.


18 posted on 08/18/2005 5:16:51 AM PDT by Raycpa
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Liberal Think-tank....This seems to be a bit confusing to us right wingers. I wasn't sure that it was possible to use liberal and think in the same sentence, guess I was wrong.
Will this be like the Moveon.org think-tank or the Micheal Moore think-tank, or the ErAmerika think-tank.
Should be entertaining to say the least.


19 posted on 08/18/2005 5:35:38 AM PDT by newcthem
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

snicker...

For 80 million I'll tell them that to win they are going to have to be conservative. That is really what the bottom line is...


20 posted on 08/18/2005 5:39:24 AM PDT by El Laton Caliente (NRA Member & GUNSNET.NET Moderator)
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit
"The former [reactionaries] doesn't realize when it is giving up freedom and the latter [social conservatives] wants to control your life as much as the libs."

Such as? I am not sure exactly whom you are referring to, but I have heard similar comments before. I believe that I recognize the frame of mind: you are a libertarian, I assume, and heavy on lifestyle libertarianism.

Political parties and ideological movements have to be coalitions if they are to run an entire country. A hierarchy of views and interests keeps intramural squabbles and difference of opinion in check or deferred for the sake of larger goals. Over time, the coalition tends to knit together and differences get resolved or put into a stable framework.

As for lifestyle libertarianism, it is a boutique scale political preference; but the libertarianism of Adam Smith, Jefferson, Nock, and Mencken is part of the bedrock of American conservatism. I do not think libertarianism of either stripe is going to grow except to the extent that conservatism prevails.

Snarky comments about "reactionaries" and "social conservatives" miss the essential point: without the more numerous and politically effective "reactionaries" and "social conservatives," libertarianism would still be struggling to find its way out of Ayn Rand's salon.
21 posted on 08/18/2005 6:07:46 AM PDT by Rockingham
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