Monday, April 07, 2008

Tool Misapplied

We recently had occasion to check out some ignominous associates of One Nation United, the leading Anti-Indian organization in the US, and found the usual suspects involved in opposing Native American gaming as part of their overall strategy to undermine indigenous sovereignty. The first level of research took about two minutes on a standard search engine, but background on the individuals would, of course, take a little more money, time and effort.

As usual, we shared the documents with those who could put them to good use, but our perpetual question naturally arose. Why isn't this organizing tool taught as part of basic political science, instead of sequestered away in journalism schools?

I mean, open source research is so fundamental to positive social change, that leaving it to those seeking careers in corporate media seems like such a waste. Maybe that's the whole point.

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