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This is a must read.  The Koch Cabal has been planning and working to ruin the middle class since the early 1970s (David Koch joined the family business in 1970), in response to America's growing disdain for "the system."  The 1% was losing the hearts and minds of Americans and decided to fight back by forming lot of non-profit organizations and think tanks to act politically in order to reshape popular opinions and laws.

This is where the "Free Enterprise" "Smaller Government" "Lower Taxes" and "Trickle Down" "Freedom" chanting all began.

If you don't know your adversary and yourself, you will lose the battle. This is a foundational teaching in the Art of War.

We are losing the battles but we don't have to lose this war between the 1% and the 99%.  It is time to reread this historical document.

I don't think you can truly understand todays GOP if you haven't read this:

The Powell Memo Original copy.

Searchable PDF format The Powell Memo

Bill Moyers wrote about this last year

The Powell Memo: A Call-to-Arms for Corporations

In the fall of 1972, the venerable National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) made a surprising announcement: It planned to move its main offices from New York to Washington, D.C. As its chief, Burt Raynes, observed:
We have been in New York since before the turn of the century, because
we regarded this city as the center of business and industry.
But the thing that affects business most today is government. The
interrelationship of business with business is no longer so important
as the interrelationship of business with government. In the last several
years, that has become very apparent to us.[1]
To be more precise, what had become very apparent to the business community was that it was getting its clock cleaned. Used to having broad sway, employers faced a series of surprising defeats in the 1960s and early 1970s. As we have seen, these defeats continued unabated when Richard Nixon won the White House. Despite electoral setbacks, the liberalism of the Great Society had surprising political momentum.
Moyers concludes his article with:
By this time, however, business PACs were shifting away from their traditional focus on buttering up (mostly Democratic) incumbents toward a strategy that mixed donations to those in power with support for conservative political challengers. Such a pattern was evident in the critical election year of 1978. Through September of the election season, nearly half of corporate campaign contributions flowed into Democrats’ coffers. In the crucial weeks before the 1978 election, however, only 29 percent did.

By the end of the 1978 campaign, more than 60 percent of corporate contributions had gone to Republicans, both GOP challengers and Republican incumbents fighting off liberal Democrats.[13]

A new era of campaign finance was born:

Not only were corporate contributions growing ever bigger,

Democrats had to work harder for them.

More and more, to receive business largesse, they had to do more than hold power; they had to wield it in ways that business liked.

We can improve our ground game.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Equally important are the follow up documents to Powell's meme found at this link.

Of particular interest is a document entitled "Let's Stop the Nonsense" which you will find if you scroll past the lengthy article about Ralph Nadar.  I highly recommend reading this as well.

Originally posted to War on Error on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 06:15 PM PST.

Also republished by American Legislative Transparency Project.

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  •  You certainly must know the Powell (5+ / 0-)
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    lcrp, Stude Dude, thomask, sidnora, rubyr

    Memo has been bouncing around here for some time...

    What is vital is that it be broadly published, and I don't know who's going to do that...  Broadcast News?  Yeah, right...

    "There's always room for cello." Yo Yo Ma

    by ceebee7 on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 06:37:19 PM PST

  •  Powell rails against: (4+ / 0-)

    William Kunstler, the New Left, Communists, Ralph Nader, Labor Unions-AFLCIO, Social Studies Teachers, Civil Rights Studies, and college campuses-Yale, CA Universities. He then does the  now usual shopping list on how to fight the afore mentioned threats to free enterprise: think tanks, pamphlets, more balanced college faculty- I don't think Powell even mentions the Vietnam War in any of the thirty-four page memo.

    The specifics all seems so dated, but the general conflicts/concerns certainly predate Powell and 1972.

    •  Well the Birchers Were Already Organizing Around (7+ / 0-)

      the time Goldwater created his Southern Strategy.

      And they'd obviously had time to become pissed off at the liberal Republican Party enough to begin working on taking it over.

      Outrages strong enough to motivate them go back to 1933; but I haven't read of any organized movement even just among ownership starting that early that continued and morphed along into the 70's rightwing. Doesn't mean there wasn't one.

      Really if you listen to their core complaints, they're ultimately about 1789. Sovereignty and rights of states disappeared; "central government" promotion of the general welfare and empowerment of it to tax to pay for that appeared, as did the central government's empowerment to intervene in commerce.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 07:27:11 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Blue Book of the John Birch Society (11+ / 0-)

    A friend gave me a copy of the Blue Book recently.  If you read it you see it all laid out before you.  Same names too - Koch, Regnery, the whole right wing cabal.

    We beat them once, but we let our guard down.  

    •  Let our guard down, my ass. (1+ / 0-)
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      Musial

      You present this as if it were a passive failure.  It wasn't.  A whole lot of people who should have been protecting the weak determined instead that they wanted to suck at the teats of the corporate animal.  They wanted that sweet, sweet milk of enrichment for personal comfort, for power, for adulation.  They are the Democrats who thereafter held the party in close grasp, marginalizing to a status of mere voter those who'd nurtured the party's identity and policies since the FDR days.  It was not passive.  It still is not.  It's fucking intentional, and it's the reason a party that should have stood behind Occupy's simple message chose instead to squash it.

  •  Good diary, good reminder of an important part of (0+ / 0-)

    what we are up against.

    All Dems need to learn the teachings of the Art of War.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 06:30:49 AM PST

  •  They began organizing (1+ / 0-)
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    Musial

    in the wake of the Goldwater defeat, and the financing came from a tiny group of what passed for the very rich back then, including Adolph Coors, James Olin, and Richard Mellon Scaife.

    I believe that their success can be ascribed to two factors: persistence over the course of half a century, and a commitment to spending substantial amounts of money steadily over that long period. Even during the pre-Reagan era, when they were widely viewed as rich kooks, not to be taken seriously, these people never took their eyes off the prize.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 06:33:44 AM PST

    •  don't forget Powell brought this to the S. Ct (1+ / 0-)
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      and amended the first amendment. The latest case McCutcheon will decide whether the country is run by the 500 richest people or the few thousand that currently control. Ever since Dred Scott as few as five unelected jurists are permitted to veto democracy. Fought a civil war over that, but a corrupted Congress likes it that way, won't apply checks and balances. Also leaves the unelected fourth branch, the security state, without checks and balances. Fundraising isn't only personal to the member but is the ante the member must pay to the party in order to play.

  •  Anyone ever tell you that you've been running (0+ / 0-)

    the ball into the endzone lately?

    Another excellent bit of invaluable intelligence on the War Against the Classes!

    I don't negotiate with terrorists. I don't vote for them, either.

    by thenekkidtruth on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 06:44:18 AM PST

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