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August 23, 2011

The Culprit Identified at Last

August 22, 1971: Aaron Datesman is born.

August 23, 1971: Exactly one day later, Lewis Powell gives the "Powell Memo" to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — the blueprint for the all-out attack on the middle class by Corporate America that we've endured for the past 40 years.

Given that Datesman was able to set this in motion in his first day on earth, I hate to think what he's been up to in the other 14,610 since then.

P.S. Due to a typo, the title for the Powell Memo (as you can see in a pdf) is actually "The Attack of American Free Enterprise System."

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at August 23, 2011 06:35 PM

It's worse than that: mere hours after my birth, I turned in the Camden 28.

Posted by: Aaron Datesman at August 23, 2011 07:02 PM

My god, you're a monster.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at August 23, 2011 08:44 PM

Wit, comraderie, and the Powell Memo, and yet the whole post is hardly bigger than a peanut. Impressive!

Posted by: N E at August 23, 2011 09:39 PM

Appearances are deceptive......

Posted by: Rupa Shah at August 24, 2011 03:21 AM

lol- the memo has many historical ironies, so much that it may be read as pure satire and be as entertaining as it is historically informative when read seriously- my favorites: his awe of Nader makes a real fan blush; his shout out to Marcuse, who is a most important underrated intellectual of this time; he co-ops the left's concept of 'the system' and both denies its existence and defends its existence in the same essay- his admonition to ceos to increase lobbying efforts as a prerequisite for systemic protection is Orwellian in lieu of the financial industry's collapse- we now have adopted the term 'systemic risk' to imply that these ceos are not protectorates but rather catalysts of bringing the system down; his vacillation between free speech rhetoric and implying top down policies to regulate rhetoric on 'the campus' and media is informative for the historical notion of the supreme courts deference to corporate lobbying as 'speech'

Posted by: frankenduf at August 24, 2011 02:02 PM

The Road to Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions.

Posted by: Middle Seaman at August 25, 2011 08:02 AM