Simon Greer

Simon Greer is president and chief executive officer of The Nathan Cummings Foundation.

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Who’s Going to Pay for It?

This piece is part of the Prospect' s series on progressives' strategy over the next 40 years. To read the introduction, click here . What people remember about Powell’s memo is his plan to establish a conservative infrastructure to combat what he perceived to be left-wing and liberal bias in every sector of American life. But his real success was in convincing the business community to pay for it. There are many strategies we could choose from to turn the tables on conservative institutions like the Chamber of Commerce. None of those strategies, though, will mean much if we don’t have an ongoing source of revenue to take us to scale and keep us there. Businesses came around in part because spending money on Powell’s strategy was good for their bottom line. Fewer regulations meant bigger profits. Weaker unions meant less in payroll and benefits. Tax breaks meant reduced expenditures. Forty-one years ago, union dues and other fees allowed the labor movement to match or exceed the total...