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Last updated on July 24th, 2017 at 08:26 am
Australia now has its own version of MoveOn.org:
GetUp, an online organisation founded by two young Australians who cut their teeth on a similar venture in the United States, becomes a reality today when 70,000 people get emails asking them to be part of a new era in politics …
The project is the brainchild of Jeremy Heimans and David Madden, who met while studying at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in the US.
Last year the pair started Win Back Respect, a group that produced attack ads during last year’s US presidential race arguing that George Bush’s foreign policy was damaging America’s world standing.
Their advisory board included former Clinton national security adviser Tony Lake, former senator Gary Hart, and Leon Fuerth, who advised former vice-president Al Gore on foreign policy.
And yet, despite all that talent, John Kerry still lost. Unbelievable.
Using small donations from online contributors, Win Back Respect paid for a speaking tour by General Wesley Clark and hired a charter plane for the Band of Sisters, a group of female relatives of US soldiers killed or serving in Iraq, to chase Vice-President Dick Cheney on the campaign trail.
A speaking tour by Wesley Clark? The Bush/Cheney campaign thanks you.
Now Mr Heimans, 27, and Mr Madden, 30, want to translate that success to Australia …
Excuse me … success? If they succeeded any more they’d be dead. Here’s GetUp’s reason for being:
The other political parties aren’t providing a strong opposition, and the media is dominated by a handful of right-wing voices. People need to take politics into their own hands. GetUp provides them with a way to do this.
Right-wing media voices amount to a mere handful, yet still we dominate. What hope do these GetUpsters have? Margo Kingston, who planned a local MoveOn.org of her own, seems puzzled by and possibly jealous of these upstart GetUp people:
What do you think of the concept, the structure, the website, the funding model and the launch impact? Would you join? Why is this happening now?
The rest of her post—which cites 45 GetUp-ish Webdiary items—appears to be a bid to get into GetUp. Forget it, Margo! GetUp is young and now! They’ve no time for the old and failed! Webdiary regulars possibly don’t realise it, but Steve Atkins is being sarcastic:
Just fantastic! I love it! Great concept!
I can only hope that it is as productive as moveon.org is.
Have you thought of getting Michael Moore involved? He is so influential I know he could do great things for the democracy movement.
GetUp don’t need him. They’ll fail on their own.
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