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.