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  • As depressing as the lack of any real ongoing mass-based populist movement of the left or the right is another reality that The Washington Post finally spills even as millions of Americans buy into the illusion that new politicians can save us while angry voters here in Florida prepare to vote the Tea Party in to office.

    Danny Schechter: Report From the Epicenter of the Fraudclosure Crisis

  • The coup ended the threat of democracy by demolishing the mass-based political party of the poor, established a dictatorship that went on to compile one of the worst human rights records in the world, and threw the riches of the country open to western investors.

    Noam Chomsky: "Losing" the World

  • Today, Ms. Yingluck is riding another wave of rural, mass-based support to the cusp of power in Bangkok, forcing the army to stand aside, but also leaving her with the challenge of appeasing both Thailand's vocal middle class and the Puea Thai supporters who want to see Mr. Thaksin return.

    Thai Leader Stalls on Brother's Return

  • It also lost the kind of direct and continuous access required to enforce police-state repression on mass-based Islamists.

    Israel Could Benefit From Hamas

  • Despite horrendous repression, it has organized the anger and passion of a multitude of mass-based popular movements -- landless workers, farmers, women, LGBTQ folks, unions, youth and others -- and spread a palpable energy of possibility and hope throughout the country.

    Bill Quigley: One Year Later: Honduras Resistance Strong Despite US Supported Coup

  • And in comments that could conceivably have been made at the Cooper Union conference itself, in an April 6 Guardian article, Marable argues for an electoral strategy for blacks built around “mass-based organizing” of “third world forces.”


  • Like the Citizen/Labor Energy Coalition, the New Party is best understood as an attempt to build a mass-based political front for a largely socialist party leadership.


  • When it was founded in 1970–71, NAM generally avoided electoral politics, working instead to create a mass-based movement for a socialist revolution.


  • So the New Party was a coalition of open socialists from the DSA and a larger, “mass-based” socialist front group called ACORN.


  • In the same way that the decline of mass-based organizations broke apart broad networks of shared interest that linked Americans of relatively diverse backgrounds, the decline of broadcast news in favor of “narrowcasting” through cable and the Internet have broken apart the shared media experience that once helped foster and sustain social capital.

    Winner-Take-All Politics


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