The Practical Progressive : How to Build a Twenty-first Century Political Movement
Underneath todays elections is a fierce battle for power driven not by the countrys elected officials, but by organizations and people you have never heard of. Since the 1964 Goldwater defeat, conservative philanthropists have built a set of ideologically-aligned institutions-think tanks, legal advocacy organizations, watchdog groups, and media vehicles-to change the countrys intellectual and political climate and to assure conservative political dominance. Progressives finally woke up to this structural disparity and have embarked on one of the most invigorating periods of renewal and growth in political history. This book tells the story of the brightest and best institutions leading this revival.
- Paperback | 368 pages
- 137.16 x 205.74 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
- 12 Aug 2008
- INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
- New York, United States
Hendrik Hertzberg, "New Yorker" staff writer and author of "Politics: Observations & Arguments""[A] scrappy counter-counter-establishment, a civil society for America's revived center-left--is growing fast, picking up speed, and bursting with energy and ideas. This crisp, smart, accessible book is its indispensable user's manual."
About Erica Payne
One of the most innovative strategists in the country, Erica Payne is at the forefront of an effort to build a modern progressive movement. Payne is the Founder and Principal of The Tesseract Group a boutique consulting firm that provides strategic counsel and communications expertise to major foundations, private philanthropists, and select organizations. Prior to founding Tesseract, Payne co-founded the Democracy Alliance, a donor collaborative whose partners have invested over 100 million in progressive organizations.Prior to this, Payne served as Deputy National Finance Director for Democratic National Committee during the 1996 presidential re-election campaign and as a consultant to a number of campaigns and political organizations. In addition to her public sector work, Payne has held senior marketing positions in the private sector.Payne has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at UPenn and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has appeared on MSNBC and has written for the Huffington Post. She lives in New York.