Biz-War and the Out-of-Power Elite: The Progressive-Left by Jarol B. Manheim

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By Jarol B. Manheim

Manheim (media and public affairs, political technological know-how, The George Washington college) tells the tale of the reemergence of the yankee political left during the last 25 years within the type of the recent innovative move, displaying how anti-corporate campaigns have advanced from economically orientated exertions activities to ideological and programmatic political struggles. The publication should be of curiosity to scholars of latest American politics and enterprise administration, in addition to company executives and fiscal analysts.

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9 This was private philanthropy on a moderately large scale—not the Rockefellers and the Fords, perhaps, but serious money nonetheless. Yet at the same time, it was old-style philanthropy, targeted at social, cultural, and educational institutions to help support worthy causes from the arts to basic health care. Josh’s vision of the future of private philanthropy was rather different and clearly more political. It was against this background that he called his friends together in Colorado and against this background that he began to convert his vision into 2.

They lost their collective self-image, their sense of who they were. In a very short time—and indeed, well before their fate was reified in the Reagan–Bush 22 SOCIAL SEISMOLOGY rhetoric of 1988—they became scrambled eggs to the conservative’s hard boiled. As late as 1995 and beyond, this effort at demonizing the Left was still under way. In January of that year, for example, GOPAC, the political action committee established by then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, issued a memorandum, headed “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control,” in which the group set forth a lexicon of terms to be applied to its political opponents—terms such as decay, failure, destructive, sick, pathetic, lie, traitors, radical, corrupt, selfish, insensitive, shame, disgrace, and .

18 By 2002, membership in the group had grown to approximately 450. , and a number of socialresponsibility investment fund companies including Calvert Group, Domini Social Investments, Progressive Asset Management, and Working Assets Funding Service. In addition, the membership has included entities such as Citizen Action (renamed US Action after the group was involved in a scandal involving illegal contributions to the reelection campaign of Teamsters president Ron Carey), Co-op America, the Council on Economic Priorities, The Ford Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Human Rights Watch, the MacArthur Foundation, Mother Jones magazine, Rainforest Action Network, Responsible Wealth, the Rocky Mountain Institute, Social Investment Forum, the Surdna Foundation, Taxpayers for Common Sense and Witness.

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