“Progressive” Doesn’t Always Mean Progressive (Looking at you, PPI)

We’ve known for a long time that the name of an organization is often a smokescreen (h/t to Source Watch):

  • Center for Consumer Freedom is a front group for tobacco, restaurant, and alchoholic industries.
  • National Wetlands Coalition opposes policies to protect U.S. wetlands.
  • The Global Climate Coalition is funded by the oil and coal companies.

Front groups just turn my stomach, because essentially they are lies from the start. They use a name that is supposed to make you trust them, then they sneakily (or brashly) push their agenda, hoping you won’t notice the disconnect.

There’s another set of groups that aren’t front groups, but they are arising as well. They are the new  “third way” organizations that are the DLC made over, trying to find a middle ground between conservatives and progressives. While I often disagree with the results (the policies are often conservative ones with the rough edges removed), I can at least sympathize with what they are trying to do. Politics is, after all, about compromise, and if we can find a way to move even part of the progressive agenda forward through compromise, then I’m willing to look at it.

Note that I said they aren’t front groups, because they don’t call themselves one thing but promote something else. If you call your organization The Third Way, then you’re being pretty clear.

Then there’s the Progressive Policy Institute.

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