The capitalist class in this country has a multitude of mechanisms at its disposal to push forward its interests in the halls of government and in the public discourse. These mechanisms may not always be as easily seen as who funds whose campaign, but as this video lays out can be just as effective. The Koch Brothers, like many other corporations, fund a variety of think-tanks that put together ideologically driven reports with policy suggestions that fall in line with the ideas of the particular section of the capitalist class that is supporting them. These "studies" are then read by our professors, our media, and our legislators creating this invisible thread from the Koch Brothers to the public.
This process allows them to sell their ideas while appearing disconnected from them. It wasn't the Koch Brothers that appeared on ABC news to talk about raising the retirement age, it was the CATO Institute. It's not the Koch Brothers who are telling me that Social Security will be gone unless I vote for them, it was my candidate for the Senate.
This just goes to show us that the fight against ALEC isn't enough and that campaign finance reform isn't enough. With the power and influence the capitalists have they will only create new mechanisms to insure their interests. In order to fight back and push forward with a progressive and strong pro-worker agenda we must stop submitting our demands to this system. We must begin to build our own independent mechanisms for pushing our interests. This means using our mass organizations (i.e. the unions) to build a labor party which can successfully fight for working families in the halls of government, in the streets, and in the public forum.
Time for a Mass Party of Labor!
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