I have this idea for a new organization (I’ve been putting a few feelers out there), and I’m interested in your feedback.
I’ve given up on the idea of making substantial change through either party, primarily because of corporate money. So my idea is a populist organization that will focus on strategic consumer issues — that will have the effect of undercutting corporate influence.
For instance: Suppose Kabletown wanted to buy a television network. If they have the money and enough lobbyists, there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell the FCC will deny them the opportunity, right? Right! (And of course they’re not going to see things our way on net neutrality, for instance.)
But suppose a non-partisan consumer organization puts together a successful national campaign against monopoly cable rates? This has several benefits: 1) People are working together against corporate control and not being fractured along party lines 2) It’s getting consumers in the habit of fighting back and 3) It undermines the political power of large corporations by making them radioactive to politicians.
Ideas? Funding leads?