Friday, February 24, 2012

A new guide to the political left

In 2009, I did a post on a website called "Soros Watch" which detailed the financial manipulations of billionaire George Soros.

The website was shut down at some point, but I'm still getting hits on that particular post as more people look for information about Soros and his dealings - especially his political ones.

To say that he's got his fingers in every leftist, liberal, and progressive cause is an understatement.

Now there is a place to go to see how he and his Open Society Institute are providing money and assistance to promote his extremist ideas - from the American Friends Service Committee ("which views the United States as the principal cause of human suffering around the world") to the Working Families Party, (an "outgrowth of the socialist New Party which seeks to help push the Democratic Party toward the left").

It's called and it's not just George Soros they detail.

Describing themselves as a "Guide to the Political Left," explains the purpose of their website:

It identifies the individuals and organizations that make up the left and also the institutions that fund and sustain it; it maps the paths through which the left exerts its influence on the larger body politic; it defines the left's (often hidden) programmatic agendas and it provides an understanding of its history and ideas.

There is a guide to navigating DTN which details how best to use the information gathered on the website. It's right when it says that such research would have been nearly impossible for the average person to do prior to the Internet.

They don't set out to libel groups - and are serious about correcting information which may be incorrect:

By contrast, every effort has been made in the creation of DiscoverTheNetworks to avoid conflating subjective judgments about policy differences with factual descriptions of attitudes expressed by the individuals and organizations listed on this site. Individuals and organizations identified as "Marxist" or "socialist," or as having agendas sympathetic to America's adversaries, are so identified on the basis of their explicit commitment to these agendas. Their profiles are generally linked to analytic articles whose authors and sources are clearly identified. If any errors have been made in characterizing individuals or organizations, the editors of DiscoverTheNetworks will correct these as soon as they are brought to their attention. As already noted, a form is provided on the homepage of this site for this purpose.

As they further explain: "Truth in political advertising would be a more accurate description of our intentions in assembling this data."

This website describes the networks and agendas of the political Left. The database is divided into 10 major sections: Individuals, Groups, Funders, Issues, Jihad, Politics, Arts & Culture, Academia, Media and Books.

The sections are broken down into further categories and, the website says, since it is a 'work in progress' it will be expanded over time.

For instance, the Radical category in the Groups section says:

This section of Discover The Networks focuses on organizations whose agendas are those of the political far left. All of these groups are committed to radical social change; some go so far as to seek the overthrow of the U.S. government and the dissolution or transformation of all American institutions -- particularly capitalism.

and lists such groups as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

In case you're not familiar with the DSA, it gives a brief description:

"...the largest socialist organization in the United States. "To achieve a more just society," says DSA, "many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed. ... Democracy and socialism go hand in hand." DSA seeks to increase its political influence not by establishing its own party, but rather by working closely with the Democratic Party to promote leftist agendas."

Sound familiar? This is the same language that we hear from our President and many on the left. It's no wonder once you understand that this socialist group doesn't want to start their own party, but work "closely with the Democratic Party to promote leftist agendas." Apparently, they're succeeding.

Connecting the political dots is always hard. Now we have a tool to help us.

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