Far Left Think Tank with Progressive/Communist Ties: “America is NOT Broke.” What? Utopian Unicorns Anyone?

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For those unfamiliar with the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), their ideology and background:

Read at the two blue lettered links below FIRST.

From Discover the Networks: INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES (IPS)

Excerpt:

IPS’s founders and leaders presented their new Institute as a benign, independent, “progressive” group committed to participating in the democratic process. Their true objective, however, was to transform the United States by pushing its public attitudes, laws, and foreign policies decisively leftward. Toward those ends, IPS worked with agents of the Castro regime and championed numerous environmentalist, pacifist, and anti-war positions in the 1960s and 1970s; it opposed the Reagan administration’s efforts to roll back Communism in the 1980s; it joined the vanguard of what IPS hailed as the “anti-corporate globalization movement” in the 1990s; and it furnished policy research assailing the U.S.-led war in Iraq during the George W. Bush administration.

According to a Capital Research Center (CRC) analysis, IPS holds a “political outlook” that is “classically Marxist” and portrays capitalism as the chief cause of human suffering, not only in the U.S. but worldwide. “Since its founding in 1963,” CRC elaborates, “IPS has attacked capitalism as the scourge of the poor, the economic system that props up the nation-state, and the cause of war and ‘imperialism.’ Only the business class—the ‘bourgeoisie’—prospers under capitalism. The rest of the world suffers.”

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And from Trevor Loudon at Keywiki:  Institute for Policy Studies

Excerpt:

About

The Institute for Policy Studies is the largest and most influential of the far left think tanks in Washington. Since its founding in 1964 it has steadily followed a pro-Marxist line on foreign policy, defense and the economy and has spawned a large number of spin-offs, other think tanks and public affairs organizations following the same radical agenda.[2]

To put its policy recommendations into action, IPS built networks of contacts among Congressional legislators and their staffs, academics, government officials, and the national media.

In 1978, in an article in National ReviewBrian Crozier, director of the London-based Institute for the Study of Conflict, described IPS as the “perfect intellectual front for Soviet activities which would be resisted if they were to originate openly from the KGB.[1]

Projects: The Political Economy Program Center of IPS

A little know program of IPS, started in the early-to-mid 1975’s was known as the Political Economy Program Center (PEPC)of IPS. The first newsletter issue revealed so much about IPS and this Center that it appears to have disappeared quite rapidly as it is not even mentioned (or listed) in the Index to S. Steven Powell’s masterful book “Covert Cadre:Inside the Institute for Policy Studies”, Greenhill, 1987.

The publication of the PEPC was entitled “BENCHMARX” – A periodic report from the Political Economy Program Cetner of the Institute for Policy Studies, March 1975. It was so heavily laden with marxist analysis and ideology, that it is no wonder that it disappeared so quickly. It had revealed too much about IPS as a marxist organization, not as a “liberal think-tank” as the Washington Post and other mainstream media liberal newspapers liked to characterize it.

Because of the importance of this newsletter, a significant segment of it is being reproduced below.

“The Political Economy Program Center (PEPC) was created to strengthen the work of the Institute for Policy Studies in the area of political economy. PEPC’s primary focus has been on research and support for workers and community struggles and movement. Its work emphasizes principles of:

  • (1) decentralized, democratic control of resources;
  • (2) community-controled economic and social development; and
  • (3) self-organization of labor.”

“Some current PECP projects include:

  • –Studying the impact of managerially-controlled work processes in specific sectors on work relations, workers consciousness, and workers movements.
  • –Organizing a national conference of municipal, county and state officials on radical programs. (KW: THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESS IN PULLING IN NON-MARXISTS TO THE IPS CREATION, “National Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies” (NCASLP)}.
  • –Advising on labor action-policy responses to the current economic crisis.
  • –Working through the Transnational Institute of IPS on international political economy and labor questions and alternative health care institutions.”

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Now that you have a backgrounder on the Institute for Policy Studies:

From the Institute for Policy Studies website:

America Is Not Broke

By Sarah Anderson and John Cavanagh. Contributors include Phyllis BennisChuck CollinsJohn Feffer,Miriam PembertonDaphne Wysham.

How to pay for the crisis while making the country more equitable, green, and secure

A misplaced obsession with our national debt and austerity has overtaken the national debate on the economy, with a resounding call to slash government spending to balance the budget. Some lawmakers are asserting that the country is broke, that we must tighten our belts, and that we lack the resources to pay for teachers, firefighters, and other vital public servants. They argue that we can’t afford the government programs that help people in need, and claim we don’t have the funds for urgently needed job-creating investments.

A congressional “supercommittee” has tried to identify $1.2 trillion in new cuts over the next decade that could have devastating consequences for our communities and our nation. There are many excellent proposals that should be “on the table” for debate.

This report challenges the premise that America is broke. In fact, we argue that the current fiscal challenge poses an opportunity to harness our country’s ample but misdirected resources in ways that will make us stronger.

We did not attempt to develop an exhaustive list of possible revenue-raisers or spending cuts. Rather, we focused on 24 fiscal reforms that we believe would go furthest to make the country more equitable, green, and secure. These reforms amount to an estimated $824 billion in potential revenue per year — seven times the total savings the supercommittee was tasked with
producing.

The recommendations fall into three categories:

  • Revenues that advance a more equitable society: New taxes on Wall Street, corporations, and individuals could, if rigorously enforced, raise more than $375 billion a year, while reducing reckless speculative activity and creating a healthier society. Between 1935 and the late 1970s, progressive tax rates and investments in infrastructure, education, and housing expanded the middle class and served as a foundation for decades of broadly shared prosperity. Today, opinion polls indicate widespread renewed support for proposals to increase taxes on millionaires, make Wall Street pay its fair share, and close corporate tax loopholes.
  • Expenditure cuts that would make the United States and the world more secure: The Pentagon consumes more than half of U.S. federal discretionary spending, much of it on things that do not make us safer. While some jobs rely on this spending, a study by economists at the University of Massachusetts has shown that the military budget is a poor job creator compared to other forms of federal spending. Whereas $1 billion devoted to military production creates approximately 11,000 jobs, the same amount invested in clean energy creates about 17,000 jobs; in health care, 19,000 jobs; and in education, 29,000 jobs.2 We identify three areas where a total of $252 billion in cuts can be made to free up funds for job creation without risk to our national security. They are:
  1. End the war in Afghanistan as we end the war in Iraq;
  2. Reduce the sprawling network of overseas U.S. military bases; and
  3. Eliminate programs that are obsolete and/or wasteful. All three of these goals are supported by the majority of Americans.
  • Revenue increases and subsidy cuts that will create a cleaner environment: If all polluting industries were required to pay the full cost of environmentally harmful practices and products, they would have greater incentives to adopt improved green technologies and reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. The Obama administration has promised to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies and yet U.S. taxpayers are still spending tens of billions of dollars per year on handouts to giant oil and other energy firms. We recommend eliminating this corporate welfare and introducing new taxes on pollution that could generate an estimated $197 billion per year in revenue.

Read the full report.

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***See WHO is on the Board of Trustees**

Institute for Policy Studies Trustees

A Partial list:

Robert Borosage

Sarita Gupta

Jodie Evans; Co-founder of Code Pink

Katrina vanden Heuvel
Editor and Publisher, The Nation

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Additional information:

Van Jones and Obama on board of Demos.

DEMOS

  • Lobbies federal and state policymakers to “addres[s] the economic insecurity and inequality that characterize American society today”

  • Promotes “ideas for reducing gaps in wealth, income and political influence”

  • Favors tax hikes for the wealthy

  • Supports Motor Voter legislation

  • Works to end “felon disfranchisement

  • Contributions and grants received in 2008: $5,714,538

  • Net assets at end of 2008: $3,451,626


To advance the foregoing ideas and policy recommendations, Demos publishes books, reports, and briefing papers; works at both the national and state levels with advocates and policymakers to enact reforms; promotes a coterie of Fellows and staff in print, broadcast, and Internet venues; and hosts public events that “showcase new ideas and leading progressive voices.”

The president of Demos is Miles Rapoport, who belonged to the Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s. Rapoport has longstanding ties to the Institute for Policy Studies and the Democratic Socialists of America; served as director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group from 1979-1984; helped establish the Campaign for America’s Future in 1996; is a defender of ACORN; strongly supports Barack Obama‘s political agendas; and sits on The American Prospects board of directors.

The Demos board of trustees features such luminaries as Van Jones and Gina Glantz, along with high-ranking officials from the 
Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the
 National Council of La Raza,and several other left-wing organizations.

One of Demos’s founding board members in 2000 was then-Illinois state senator Barack Obama.

Demos has received financial support from a number of major donors, including the Ford Foundationthe Rockefeller Brothers Fundthe Nathan Cummings Foundationthe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundationthe Rockefeller Family FundtheJohn D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Open Society Institute. (George Soros)

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Yep, the Utopian Progressives/Marxists just want to take, take, fine, regulate, punish and tax until there is NO MORE America.

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“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot lift the wage-earner by pulling down the wage-payer. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”

~~William Boetcker

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