Think of the neocon think tanks as machine guns, spraying neoncon bullets of ideas, persuasion and influence. They’ve been building these “Political Weapons” for over 20 years. The Democrats and the progressive left don’t have a clue. They’re still fighting with bows and arrows. The progressive think tanks (TTs) just don’t do what the right wing think tanks do. The progressive TTs focus on specific issues and work towards advocacy on those issues. They get their funding based on those issues and that keeps the left unfocused, disorganized, without clear, easy to understand policies, which are, more importantly, easy to express, embrace and enthusiastically get behind.
The left is fighting with obsolete weapons. The question is no longer why. Poor leadership, selling out to corporatism and the political middle, failure to see the power and effectiveness, the huge leap in political technology that the neocon think tanks represent all add up to the current situation where the naked, axe bearing cave men are fighting the night-goggled, kevlar-vested marines. It’s that stark a difference and it is time that we do something about it.
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