Laura Rozen has penned a fascinating piece on the bumpy ride that hyper-conservative “Freedom’s Watch” has had thus far in its emergence as a conservative challenger to MoveOn.org.
She notes that Israeli settlements supporter Sheldon Adelson is just not the George Soros type and is getting so much in the way of the efficient operation of the organization, that many senior staff have already come and gone in the life of the very young outfit.
Speaking of Soros, the conference call I hosted the other day with Soros on his new book The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What it Means can be listened to here.
It was so successful that we are organizing two international conference calls for the media, press, and policy-focused bloggers. I can’t open the lines to the public because there aren’e enough lines to cover the demand, but I (and the New America Foundation) will be hosting these conference calls from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The first conference call primarily for media in Europe and the Middle East will be 9 am EST Wednesday morning, April 9 (1300 GMT). The second conference call will be 10:00 pm EST Wednesday, April 9, which is 11:00 am in Tokyo. I’ll be on both calls.
If you are a policy blogger or member of the media, you are welcome to join us — but you must send your information — name and press/blog information — to my colleague Samuel Sherraden at firstname.lastname@example.org. He’ll credential and send call-in information to the journalists and bloggers that we can handle.
I should add that this conference call will focus on George Soros’ concerns about the global financial crisis and how we should be thinking differently about the framework of regulatory involvement. He suggests that what we are seeing now is the bursting of two bubbles simultaneously — one the housing bubble and two, a “super bubble” of synthetic instruments that have driven the creation of credit to highly unstable levels.
Soros also offers his own outlook for 2008. I’ve just finished reading the entire book, which is being distributed electronically in order to speed dissemination — and it provides important, fascinating insights into global markets, regulatory problems, and Soros himself.
— Steve Clemons