International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)


The Way of the Astroturf II: we come from all political persuasions

cite as: F. Bi. 2008. The Way of the Astroturf II: we come from all political persuasions. Intl. J. Inact., 1:172–173

way-of-the-astroturfGuess what, my suspicions were right.

GoDaddy’s whois records show that the domain name — and thus, the Bureaucrash project — indeed comes under the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Well, certainly there should be some mention of this on the Bureaucrash front pages… 🙂

The best part of Bureaucrash’s blurb is this:

We provide relevant resources and connect an international network of activists, called crashers, so they can share their ideas and best-practices and work together to introduce others to the ideas of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and free markets. Crashers come from all political persuasions but are united by one goal: To decreasing the scope of government and increase individual freedom.

I guess they welcome people from all political persuasions as long as they’re not moderate liberals, or left-anarchists, or…

(And they’re perfectly grassroots. Really.)

Also, the Heartland Institute and the, um, “New Coalition for Economic and Social Change” share the exact same snail-mail address. No doubt, this is just a very very fortuitous coincidence.



  1. And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

    – Revelation 13:1

       /ˈblæsfəmi/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [blas-fuh-mee] –noun, plural -mies.
    1. impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things.
    2. Competitive Enterprise Institute

    Comment by greenfyre — 2008/11/19 @ 02:55 | Reply

  2. […] Gavin Schmidt (RealClimate) and sometimes Tamino (Open Mind) are known as Hansen’s bulldogs. My guess it is meant to be somewhat derogatory, but I see it as meaning their science has teeth, which it certainly does. Well Frankbi over at IJI has been chasing an interesting web of interconnections between Denier and other “civic” groups. […]

    Pingback by Bytes and Blogs « Greenfyre’s — 2008/11/19 @ 06:54 | Reply

  3. and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

    Well, I’d think twice before claiming that the CEI is the Antichrist. It just gives more grist to the “global warming is a religion!” mill. Also, more importantly, the CEI is probably not the Antichrist. 🙂

    Comment by frankbi — 2008/11/19 @ 16:46 | Reply

  4. Frank, I figured this out, too, but am combatting them in a different way – by creating a blog there and cross-posting to it:

    They don`t seem to object to my climate “alarmist” leanings.

    Comment by TokyoTom — 2009/05/10 @ 09:57 | Reply

  5. TokyoTom:

    Heheh. 🙂 Alas your URL takes me to a log-in page. I guess The Resistance™ can’t risk having their message diluted by, um, the real resistance.

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/05/10 @ 11:12 | Reply

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