"Organized Wealth: How Greed Directs Right-Wing Politics"
A book by Chip Berlet -- Forthcoming Fall 2015

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1844 Hillsdale College

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Primary URL: http://www.hillsdale.edu/

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1895 National Association of Manufacturers

More Info: In 1895, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) was founded with a

special interest in stopping labor organizing in the South. No coincidence that the

Primary URL: http://www.nam.org/ “influential Southern newspaper, The Dixie” rallied support for the group. NAM

National Association of Manufacturers: founded “tended to represent small businessmen, was fiercely antiunion and strongly

endorsed the ‘open shop’ crusade to ban union influence in industrial plants.”

NAM swam in the common currents of White racial supremacy and solidarity

prevalent in the 1930s. The New York Times, for example, editorialized that one

boost to NAM president John E. Edgerton and his associates “in their effort to

maintain the open shop [was] the racial and language unity of [employees] and

employers in the South, and the pressure of long custom.”

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) formed a Committee on Co-

operation with Churches

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1912 U.S. Chamber of Commerce

More Info: In 1912 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was established at the suggestion of

President Taft.

Primary URL: http://www.uschamber.com/ A popular image of the Chamber of Commerce is a group of smiling business-owners

U.S. Chamber of Commerce founded shaking hands with the town mayor at the opening of a new hardware store. That's

one accurate snapshot…but there are other pictures worth examining. The national

organization has a long history of promoting anti-union activism and legislation.

The Chamber was active in various "open shop" campaigns. Around World War I it

helped formulate what was called "The American Plan." The theme of this

campaign was that "voluntary unionism" was one thing, but the union shop was

"un-American."

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1919 Hoover Institution

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Primary URL: http://www.hoover.org/

Hoover Institution founded

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1933 U.S. Business and Industry Council

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Primary URL: http://americaneconomicalert.org/

U.S. Business and Industry Council founded

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