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Labor in the Time of Trump$
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Jasmine Kerrissey, Eve Weinbaum, Clare Hammonds, Tom Juravich, and Dan Clawson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501746598

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501746598.001.0001

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The Koch Network’s Long Game and Its Implications for Progressive Organizing

The Koch Network’s Long Game and Its Implications for Progressive Organizing

(p.19) 1 The Koch Network’s Long Game and Its Implications for Progressive Organizing
Labor in the Time of Trump

Nancy MacLean

Cornell University Press

This chapter takes a long view of the emergence of libertarian ideology and the development of the Far Right. It argues that it is these ideas, promoted through a deep, broad, densely connected network of right-wing think tanks, foundations, and sponsored academics, that have driven an ideological agenda. In this way, these parties weaponized these ideas and deployed a series of policy initiatives at the state level. The chapter argues that the right knew early on that voters would reject their policy agenda, which would benefit only a minority of citizens. Consequently, right-wing activists pushed a stealth campaign of incremental changes that obscured the true motives of their radical agenda. Their goal, as the chapter suggests, was to turn America back to the way it looked in 1900—a nation without workers' rights, without public regulation, run by business-dominated government institutions free of democratic accountability.

Keywords:   libertarian ideology, Far Right, Koch brothers, Koch network, progressive organizing, policy initiatives, right-wing activists

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