Re: [sixties-l] (Fwd):Reparatiopns, DH & the Left

From: Ted Morgan (
Date: Tue Apr 03 2001 - 17:36:02 EDT

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    Good idea by Allen Cohen! Put out the alternative call for public financing
    --the only real solution to the political mess.

    Ted Morgan

    Allen Cohen wrote:

    > I am afraid that the McClain Campaign Reform circus is nothing but a poison
    > pill to destroy any possibility of true reform which, as you know, must be
    > based on public financing + access to prime time radio and TV - Then the
    > potential for more participation and choice would be posssible. Well, it
    > would behoove us to think about a movement for public financing and maybe
    > horrorwitz would be instructive here in so far as such a campaign could
    > start with full page ads in college papers and speakers going out to
    > colleges and media promoting and clarifying the concept.
    > Short of depression and revolution that seems to me to be the handle for
    > significant change.
    > Allen Cohen
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: "Marty Jezer" <>
    > To: <>
    > Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2001 3:15 PM
    > Subject: Re: [sixties-l] (Fwd):Reparatiopns, DH & the Left
    > William Mandel wrote:
    > > So you conclude that the Horowitzes should always be entitled to more
    > > ink than us, since they will always be able to buy more advertising
    > > space. Is that correct?
    > > William Mandel
    > That's an easy question to ask, Bill, not so easy to answer.
    > Yes, it's true, their side has more money than our side; more money for
    > advertisements, more money for lobbying, more money for campaign
    > contributions, more money for public relations, more money even to bus
    > people to Washington for demonstrations. Is your idea that our side, the
    > poor minority, censor their side, keep them from advertising?
    > Advertising in what? The Nation, The Progressive and all our other little
    > papers? We could do that, but big deal. They own the major media.
    > We can solve the political (electoral) imbalance with the clean money
    > reform (a system of full public financing), something I've been involved in
    > from the beginning. (For details, see the new book, LOST IN WASHINGTON) by
    > Barry M. Casper (UMASS Press). Advertising is a much knottier issue. What
    > would you? Not rhetorically, but in the real world. How do you suggest we
    > create a system whereby progressive/leftist/anti-capitalist arguments have
    > the same access to the media as the other side has. Censoring their stuff,
    > from our position of weakness, is no way to get our side heard. We just
    > legitimize their censorship. The only way I can think is to, yes, let their
    > voices be heard and then come back with our own rebuttals.
    > Can you think of a better way? (And please don't answer "make a revolution!"
    > I'm talking about what can be done in the current situation, today).
    > Or to put it another way, do you think DH would have gotten the mileage he
    > has gotten on this issue if the college newspapers had simply run his ads
    > and used their editorial page to respond to the issue?
    > Marty Jezer
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: <>
    > To: <>
    > Sent: Friday, March 30, 2001 5:41 PM
    > Subject: Re: [sixties-l] (Fwd):Reparatiopns, DH & the Left
    > >
    > > Marty Jezer wrote:
    > > >
    > > --
    > > ==================================================================

    Ted Morgan
    Department of Political Science
    Lehigh University
    Maginnes Hall #9
    Bethlehem, PA 18015
    Phone: (610) 758-3345
    Fax: (610) 758-6554

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