Powell Memo Strategy & Austerity Tactics Play Out at University of Southern Maine (USM)

Austerity Is Crap: A Brief History of the ‘#USM Future’ Protest Movement

Since the peak of the Great Society, on the first official Earth Day, captains of industry have engaged in a conspiracy to destroy the gains made for working people over the last century. These plans were laid out in the Powell Memo, which in addition to naming Ralph Nader as one of the most dangerous men in America, declared that a 30-year plan should be set in motion that seeks to place corporations, and the wealthy elite who head them, firmly into positions of power within government, and to remove the ability of the people to use government as an independent arbiter of law to protect them against the abuses of the wealthy elite, and to stem the tide of citizen power that had grown throughout the 50s and 60s.

The strategy laid out in the Powell Memo is coming to its final fruition now.

Asher Platts

About the Powell Memorandum

[Lester Powell] wrote the Powell Memorandum to a friend at the US Chamber of Commerce. The memo called for corporate America to become more aggressive in molding politics and law in the US and may have sparked the formation of several influential right-wing think tanks and lobbying organizations, such as The Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council, as well as inspiring the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to become far more politically active.

Lewis F. Powell, Jr. – Wikipedia Entry

Take a look at the actual Powell Memo, a corporate blueprint to dominate democracy. Written in 1971. Interesting reading!


About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. In fact, she writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends--always with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. Although JoAnn's views are augmented by her former professional life in Psychology and Information Science, don't take everything she says toooo seriously -- what you think and do is much more important! Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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