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The Nation Magazine Defends Their New Credit Card Program: Go into Debt for The Nation

On Monday, I posted a diary at Firedoglake entitled “Katrina vanden Heuvel: Go Into Debt For The Nation.” Yesterday, The Nation magazine responded with “From The Nation, Re: Credit Cards and Fund Appeals.”

In the response, The Nation characterized my diary about their recently announced new credit card program as being a “from-the-hip attack” on Katrina and The Nation, and complained about not having been contacted before I posted the diary.

Announcing the new The Nation credit card (Jan 11, 2010)

Had I contacted The Nation regarding their new credit card program and received the answer that they provided yesterday in “From The Nation, Re: Credit Cards and Fund Appeals,” I would have written much the same diary as the one you saw at Firedoglake the other day, “Katrina vanden Heuvel: Go Into Debt For The Nation.”

The Nation’s defense of their lousy credit card program is that the bank to which they are sending people to apply for credit cards is a regional bank and that it is an institution affiliated with the new “Move Your Money” campaign.

As I understand it, the campaign to which The Nation is referring calls on progressives – indeed, on all Americans – to withdraw their money from the Big Six Wall Street banks and to deposit it in regional banks, where it can help local economies rather than contribute to Wall Street banks’ profits and their executives’ beyond-the-dreams-of-avarice compensation packages.

Here’s what Arianna Huffington and Rob Johnson said about the new campaign in “Move Your Money: A New Year’s Resolution” (Dec 29, 2009) at HuffPost:

“If enough people who have money in one of the Big Six banks (the four we mentioned earlier, plus Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) move it into smaller, more local, more traditional community banks, then collectively we, the people, will have taken a big step toward re-rigging the financial system so it becomes again the productive, stable engine for growth it’s meant to be. It’s neither Left nor Right – it’s populism at its best. Consider it a withdrawal tax on the big banks for the negative service they provide by consistently ignoring the public interest. It’s time for Americans to move their money out of these reckless behemoths.”

Because that new “Move Your Money” campaign is not called “Start a New Line of Credit and Enjoy Going into Debt” as you feel the satisfaction of supporting The Nation each and every time you use your fabulous new credit card, I’d say The Nation’s defense of their lousy promotion sucks.

I greatly respect Jane Hamsher and everyone at Firedoglake for all the work they do. And I am infinitely grateful to them for enabling me and others to express our views freely. But I do not speak for them, nor do I ask them for permission before I post anything at Firedoglake.

In their response yesterday, The Nation wrote:

“We’re not undertaking this [credit card] campaign to promote our politics. We’re doing it to survive.”

Perhaps if Katrina had spoken out more in opposition to the decidedly non-progressive agenda of Obama and other sellout corporatist Democrats in 2009, I’d have more nice things to say about her, things like what I wrote the other night in the comment @ 47 to my diary “attacking” Katrina. (The people from The Nation who wrote the response at Firedoglake yesterday probably saw the comment @ 47 in which I stated my appreciation for the things Katrina said on MSNBC’s The Ed Show the other night, as they wrote the comment @ 48 in that same thread the following morning).

The Nation: All the bad stuff in 2009 was Limbaugh’s fault! (Dec 18, 2009)

Firedoglake has spoken out forcefully against Obama and many congressional Democrats, who are pursuing a corporatist agenda and are failing to deliver on the promises they made during the ’06 and ’08 campaigns.

The Nation, on the other hand, sends out emails like the one they sent out on Dec 18, 2009, reproduced to the left.

Despite stylistic differences (the Christmas theme is nice), the substance of this email is identical to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)’s emails, which go after Rush Limbaugh, as if he were the reason why Democrats failed so miserably to achieve progressive reform in 2009 – when in fact Barack Obama and sellout Democrats are to blame – and try to bullshit progressives into thinking that the real battle is against “right-wing nuts and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media.” No one but the unwitting enablers of sellout Democrats who volunteer at OFA could possibly buy such nonsense, and OFA could give a shit less about whether The Nation magazine survives.

Perhaps as Katrina finally starts acting like the progressive activist that she claims to be (rather than claiming to be a progressive activist while providing cover for Obama and other sellout Democrats as they pursue their decidedly non-progressive agenda), many more progressives will be attracted to the The Nation so that they won’t have to do shitty things to survive, like trying to entice people to apply for a credit card.

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