Jones long ago tired of the democratic process. He favors using brutal in-your-face tactics to bring down American capitalism yet claims to embrace Gandhi’s nonviolent political action. (Of course with the Left there is virtually no such thing as nonviolent protest. Nonetheless, progressive leaders often pretend to be opposed to violent tactics.)
“You cannot change this country from D.C. down. It’s got to be bottom up and top down and the bottom up has been missing,” Jones said on MSNBC.
Until this past fall, you got the young people with 350.org who broke the seal and said we are going to do civil disobedience against the Obama White House. Everybody goes, “Oh no! This can’t happen! You’ll be destroyed!” And instead what happened is they got a big victory on [the] Keystone [pipeline]. They gotta fight to keep it. And then –that was August– and then September the young people and struggling folks who founded Occupy Wall Street and they changed the actual conversation overnight from austerity, austerity to economic inequality. This stuff works.
Unfortunately, Jones is right about one thing. Thanks to Occupy Wall Street even many conservatives now mindlessly repeat the false Marxist dichotomy that pits the “1 percent” against the “99 percent.” How much money people have –as opposed to how much money they earn as income— seems to have become a public issue that candidates from both major parties feel compelled to address.
MoveOn’s history is well documented but Jones’s Rebuild the Dream organization is new on the political scene. (Rebuild the Dream also just happens to be name of his new book.)
Rebuild the Dream is a 501c4 nonprofit and contributions to it are not tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to its sister charity, Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit, are tax-deductible. It is unclear who is funding these two San Francisco-based groups.
The Fund uses the Oakland, California-based Movement Strategy Center as a fiscal sponsor. A fiscal sponsor covers its administrative costs by shaving a few percentage points off donations earmarked for a charity and then hands over the remainder to the charity. The Center, in turn, has taken in funds from the usual suspects in the world of leftist philanthropy including: George Soros’s Open Society Institute ($800,000 since 2006) and his Foundation to Promote Open Society ($150,000 in 2009); Tides Foundation ($770,000 since 2001); Ben & Jerry’s Foundation ($30,000 since 2009); Ford Foundation ($1,555,000 since 2004); Surdna Foundation Inc. ($1,140,000 since 2003); and Rockefeller Brothers Fund Inc. ($248,000 since 2004).
With media-savvy Jones’s charisma, it’s just a matter of time before he begins to tap into the vast reservoirs of tax-free foundation money earmarked for the destruction of America as we know it.
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