There is no question that the Right has been financed by a select and small group of donors for close to forty years now; significant business players like Bob Perry and the Koch Brothers who more than likely don’t have a political bone in their bodies, but look at the their investment in politics as smart business.
Fellow Dirty Hippie Dave Johnson and I traced these efforts all the way back to the tobacco industry’s ability to prevent significant regulation for decades by creating science, or creating a ‘manufactroversy’ ie the act of creating a controversy where none exists.
What the Right may be underestimating with the advent of technology and access to information is that the light is shining more and more on the few funders that are bankrolling the revolution. I wonder if, perhaps, this change in access to information will prove to be detrimental to their efforts, time will tell I suppose.
In the meantime, check this out. A blogger posing as David Koch called Governor Walker in Wisconsin. Let’s just say he got right through.
James Boyce has been involved in the progressive community online since his role as a Senior Advisor for John Kerry in 2004. Since then, he has been both a leading blogger, a frequent contributor to MSNBC, advisor to Bill Richardson in 2008, and founder of Common Sense NMS (www.commonsensenms.com) a online strategy group with clients such as Product (RED), NRDC, The Rainforest Alliance, Stonyfield Farm and more. James can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone: “Word has leaked out that the London-based firm ICAP, the world’s largest broker of interest-rate swaps, is being investigated by American authorities for behavior that sounds eerily reminiscent of the Libor mess. Regulators are looking into whether or not a small group of brokers at ICAP may have worked with up to 15 of the world’s largest banks to manipulate ISDAfix, a benchmark number used around the world to calculate the prices of interest-rate swaps.”
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So, right-wingers, you want a society where families are stable, where everybody looks like you and shares your Christian faith, and where the government pretty much stays out of your business? It’s not in some Randian fantasy, it’s right here in the USA.
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