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Friday, January 09, 2009

Obama File 61 Institute for Policy Studies and the Obama "Movement"

Obama file 60 here

It is indistbutable that US president-elect Barack Obama, has been groomed and supported by radical Marxists almost his entire life.

It is now well known that three Marxist organisations-Communist Party USA (CPUSA), Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS)and Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) have supported Obama's political career.

It is also common knowledge that Obama has enjoyed close ties to several former members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and its terrorist splinter, Weather Underground Organisation (WUO).

What is less well known is that all these strands are linked to one entity, an organisation with documented ties to hostile foreign intelligence services-Washington based "think tank" the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).

This post looks at three organisations that have influenced Obama's career and their ties to IPS.
The New Party

Founded in the early 1990s, the New Party was an alliance of DSA and the radical community group ACORN, with some input from the then named Committees of Correspondence(CoC) and CPUSA.

The New Party was designed to assist socialist leaning candidates on the Democratic Party ticket, by using the New Party endorsement as a signal to far left voters. Barack Obama joined the New Party in 1996 to help with his successful Illinois State Senate campaign.

Behind ACORN and DSA stood IPS. The New Party was an IPS creation, one of several similar political party projects dating back to the late 1960s.

The above New Party document from 1994 lists approximately one hundred "community leaders, organizers, unionists, retirees, scholars, artists, parents, students, doctors, writers and other activists who are building the NP."

These are the New Party's key people and includes ACORN president Maude Hurd, several CoC/CCDS leaders and a whole bunch of DSA activists.

Those New Party leaders with proven ties to IPS then or now include;

John Cavanagh Listed in the IPS's 1993 30th Anniversary as an IPS Fellow. Cavanagh later became IPS Director and is still with the organisation.

Steve Cobble Now an IPS Associate Fellow.

Noam Chomsky A member of both DSA and CoC/CCDS. Chomsky was in the late 1970s, a sponsor, with Barbara Ehrenreich, of the openly socialist IPS magazine In These Times. Chomsky also served on the IPS 20th Anniversary Committee.

Gary Delgado Attended an IPS seminar in 1983 where he was billed as the founder of ACORN.

Barbara Ehrenreich Listed in the IPS's 1993 30th Anniversary as a former IPS Fellow. Ehrenreich is now an IPS Trustee and a DSA leader.

Bill Fletcher jnr Now an IPS Scholar and prominent DSA member.

Manning Marable Listed in the IPS's 1993 30th Anniversary as a former IPS visiting scholar or Associate Fellow. Former DSA board member, CoC/CCDS National Committee member.

Frances Fox Piven Listed in the IPS's 1993 30th Anniversary as a former IPS visiting scholar or Associate Fellow. DSA honorary chair.

Michael Schuman Listed in the IPS's 1993 30th Anniversary brochure as IPS Director.

Arthur Waskow A founding IPS Fellow and one of the organisation's most prominent early activists. Waskow, A DSA member, formerly active in SDS, also went on to co-lead with the late Rabbi Arniold Jacob Wolf the highly controversial Breira organisation, which collapsed after being linked to Palestinian Liberation Organisation officials. Rabbi Wolf, who recently died was also a DSA member and a neighbour, supporter and personal friend of Barack Obama.

Quentin Young Involved in the late 1970s with the Citizens Committee, an early IPS attempt to found a new political party. Young is a DSA member and long time friend, neighbour and supporter of Barack Obama. He has also been the family doctor to former WUO terrorists and Obama associates Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.

Clearly Obama joined something of an IPS front.

Movement for Democratic Society

In early 2006, a group of former SDS members and sympathisers, led by DSA activist Paul Buhle, joined with a new generation of college students to re-found SDS. More importantly Buhle and comrades also founded an SDS support group for older activists-Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS).

MDS united all the main strands of the Obama movement-CPUSA, CCDS, DSA, a whole bunch of old SDSers including long time Obama associates Carl Davidson and Mike Klonsky and several former WUO terrorists including Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, Mark Rudd and Jeff Jones.

MDS Board 2007 Manning Marable centre, (black shirt), former WUO terrorists Mark Rudd (far left), Jeff Jones (second from right)

MDS activists with ties to IPS include;

Tariq Ali A British Trotskyist leader. A long time Fellow of the IPS's European wing TransNational Institute.

Paul Buhle MDS founder, former SDS activist. Occasional IPS lecturer in the 1970s.

Robb Burlage A long time IPS Fellow.

Noam Chomsky MDS board member. IPS as above

Barbara Ehrenreich MDS board member. IPS as above

Bill Fletcher jnr MDS board member. IPS as above

Al Harber MDS board member. Original SDS founder and active in the 1970s in the IPS affiliated Bay Area Institute.

Tom Hayden MDS board member. A former SDS leader, Tom Hayden was active in the 1970s in the IPS established National Conference for Alternative State and Local Public Policies.

Manning Marable MDS chairman. IPS as above.

Ethelbert Miller MDS Board member. Chairman of IPS Board of Trustees.

Studs Terkel Recently deceased. A former secret Chicago Communist Party member. Terkel served on the IPS 20th Anniversary Committee.

Immanuel Wallerstein Circa 1979 Wallerstein addressed an IPS/TransNational Institute seminar in Amsterdam on "The World Capitalist System".

Pretty clear links between IPS and MDS, I think.

Progressives For Obama

In early 2008 four MDS Board members and actor/activist Danny Glover set up a subsidiary organisation-Progressives For Obama (PFO).

The three PFO founders with ties to IPS were;

Barbara Ehrenreich IPS as above.

Bill Fletcher jnr I PS as above.

Tom Hayden IPS as above.

PFO was designed to unify leftist support behind the Obama campaign and again brought together many of the old New Party/DSA/CCDS/SDS/WUO/IPS crowd.

Several IPS connected individuals endorsed the PFO website, including;

Paul Buhle IPS as above.

Steve Cobble IPS as above.

Daniel Ellsberg In 1970, when Ellsberg stole the famous "Pentagon Papers" from the Rand Corporation, he passed a full set to IPS founder Marcus Raskin, who based a book on them-"Washington Plans an Aggressive War".

Richard (Dick) Flacks DSA member and former SDS leader. In the 1970s Flacks was active with Tom Hayden in the IPS founded National Conference for Alternative State and Local Public Policies.

Max Palevsky Philanthropist. A major IPS funder.

Frances Fox Piven IPS as above.

Jim Hightower In 1979 Hightower served on the board of the IPS founded National Conference for Alternative State and Local Public Policies.

Immanuel Wallerstein IPS as above.

Is there a pattern here?

It is clear that the Institute for Policy Studies has ties to three organisations with close connection to Barack Obama.

Future posts will examine further IPS/Obama links and the possible reasons for them.

Obama file 62 here


Anonymous Carl Davidson said...

Terrific! You've 'proved' that a bunch of 1960s radicals are still plugging away, engaged in many different things, are friendly with each other despite differences, get grants from similar sources, give money to similar causes, and smile for the camera!

How shocking! (Yawn...)

But keep at it. Maybe you'll find some old friends for me I've lost touch with, and it keeps you out of mischief elsewhere.

2:48 AM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Oh Carl, you are soooo cute!

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike Jaeger said...

Common Ground For Both Liberal and Conservative - are diligent efforts by brave hearted individuals.

Macro Economics Are Rigged

This always has been the case and it may remain this way, unless our free press and our national will can prevent it.

Wealthy families have always believed they both make and save politicians by their power and will. Political families believe they protect and preserve the wealthy families. Each thinking they are smarter than the other. Both are multi-generational and unbelievably corrupt. These families comprise our ruling classes... We can admit this to our self. It is not a new discovery.

Form of government and modes vary from culture to culture, but all submit to the ruling class whom always abuse their weaker citizens. Middle and lower class live in a different dimension - Busyness and complying with regulations, imposed by their ruling class keep them there... there they mostly remain oblivious to what is being planned or implemented by their ruling class, believing media spin designed to propagandize them. Only extreme events attract their attention.

Not so funny results that are not well published include these.

Citigroup banking families in the USA and Rothschild banking families in Europe financed government regimes. They were the primary source of financing provided to the Nazi regime, as it came into being. Politicians in the Nazi party had peculiar ideas of how they would repay their debt. They used other peoples money...and then planned to take both England and Rothschild family assets....why repay creditors if you can rob and plunder?

The IMF and Fed Reserve play a similar game. They take assets. Ask Argentina how much of their assets the IMF families and their related foreign investors now own there. Ask other nations if IMF assisted inflation and currency helped or wiped out their economy.... Ask world leaders who’s gaining control of world wide water rights, oil and gas, prime real estate, valuable corporations, and military protection. Guess who benefited most from the recent Tarp bailouts? Try a google search: “map economic benefit bailout”. See how the East defeated the West in September 2008, courtesy of the Fed. Reserve – Trusting them to distribute the wealth was insane. Can anyone be so blind as we are in 2009.

HR 1207 Audit the fed., is a start towards sanity.

Trusting the Fed. bank or the IMF with wealth, is like asking the foxes to guard the hen house. SY Mike.

10:47 AM  

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