The George Soros funded Aspen Institute has announced the launch of the Pluribus Project, a “non-partisan initiative dedicated to building the political power of the many.” The Aspen Institute press release states it has a “portfolio of Political Game Changers” and has launched a campaign on Indiegogo to raise additional funds for that portfolio. The portfolio includes political campaigners, entrepreneurs and researchers from across the ideological spectrum who are each developing new ways of making our political campaigns more responsive to broad public interests.”
The campaign launched on April 5th and will last for 32 days.
Though headquartered in the U.S., the Aspen Institute also has seven branches overseas — in Spain, France, Germany, Italy, India, Japan, and Romania.
During his opening remarks at an Aspen Institute event in March 2011, Eboo Patel, the founder of a national movement promoting interfaith religious cooperation and one of President Barack Obama‘s advisers on faith, derided George Washington as a slaveowner; identified slaves and their descendants as the people who, because they “responded to America’s original sin with a magnanimous blessing,” were “most responsible for the continuity of the American project”; lamented Americans’ resistance to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf‘s efforts to construct an Islamic Center near Ground Zero in Manhattan; and asserted that “the six fundamentals of Shariah” are “remarkably” similar to “the privileges enumerated in America’s Founding Documents.”
Views the United States as a nation rife with deep-seated “structural racism”; warns that “the circumpolar Arctic region is experiencing significant ecological change due to global climate change” caused by human industrial activity; and receives financial support from George Soros’s Open Society Institute.
“Elected officials tend to heed who they need to win as candidates on election day. That’s human nature, and today, winning means relying on moneyed-interests or the most passionate extremes of the electorate. But what if we could change who they need?” said Pluribus executive director Lucas Welch. “We believe there is an opportunity to develop an alternative way of campaigning that relies on a broader cross-section of the electorate – what we call for short a ‘People Powered Playbook’ – that would make our political system much more responsive to broad public interests as opposed to big donors or the angriest and most intransigent among us.”
Welch was a fellow at Echoing Green. Echoing Green is dedicated to “driving social progress [collectivism] across the world.” According to his profile, Welch was “Foster[ing] cross-cultural understanding between the Western and Arab worlds by linking youth through social media technologies.”
The Pluribus Project is another way to lure the unsuspecting into donating in the belief the organization and its efforts are “non-partisan” when in fact they are anything but.
For example, Heather Smith, former President of Rock the Vote is a senior adviser to the Pluribus Project. According to Discover the Networks, Rock the Vote (RTV):
Works to register and mobilize voters aged 18-29 to support left-wing Democratic political candidates. It forms partnerships with music-industry and popular-culture icons who share the organization’s left-wing values, and who use their celebrity status to influence the opinions of young voters.
RTV was established in 1992 to “engage and build political power for young people in our country.” The organization’s target group is the 18-to-29-year-old age bracket, which, as of mid-2012, consisted of approximately 44 million people. Recognizing the potential influence of a demographic this large, RTV aims to “seiz[e] the power of the youth vote to create political and social change” of a left-wing nature. Toward that end, the organization has registered (as of 2012) more than 5 million voters under the age of 30.
It appears those running the Pluribus Project is simply another collectivist organization funded by the Aspen Institute with a soothing name.
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