Andrew Schrank

Andrew Schrank is a professor of political science and sociology at the University of New Mexico.

Recent Articles

It's Time to Form a Grassroots Coalition

This piece is part of the Prospect' s series on progressives' strategy over the next 40 years. To read the introduction, click here . If we’re going to pursue a long-term strategy, we need an organization that can act strategically. Lewis Powell had a powerful Chamber of Commerce that represented a relatively unified business sector. What he and the chamber lacked were grassroots organizations, think tanks, and media outlets capable of legitimating and promoting their interests. His memo was therefore designed to create such organizations, even if many of them would prove to be made out of Astroturf. Contemporary liberals confront the opposite problem. We have innumerable grassroots organizations, think tanks, and media outlets, but they’re at best divided and at worst impotent. Consider, for example, the labor movement—or perhaps I should say labor movements . The U.S. boasts not only two competing union federations—the AFL-CIO and Change to Win—but also a host of independent unions...