Private Interest vs. Public Interest Groups

Interest groups abound in the United States thanks to several
factors.First and foremost, our own Federalist government, with many
centers of power, in combination with the freedom secured by our
Constitution, encourages the forming of interest groups.As constituents
see wavering political parties, with blurred political lines, interest
groups are created to ensure strong stands are taken on issues.And
lastly, interest groups proliferate, in part, due to “the great number of
social cleavages along income, occupational, religious, racial, and
cultural lines.”(“Interest Groups”)With all of this activity, why is
the Board of the Consumers’ Association havingdifficulty attracting new
It is understandable that the Board is feeling frustration in the
apathy they perceive from Americans in general.Americans are blessed to
live in a country that is comfortable for the average resident.Certainly
there are challenges that need to still be addressed in the Land of the
Free, however, in comparison to other countries still under tyrannical
oppression, Americans have it pretty good.This comfort level brings about
a level of apathy.Couple this with a natural human resistance to change,
and it becomes clearer why more Americans aren’t active in any interest
group, let alone the Board’s.To counter this, the Board needs tofirst
determine whether they are a public or private interest group.
A public interest group is one that concerns itself with issues that
affect the nation as a whole.With this wide demographic to solicit, they
have the benefit of soliciting support from every citizen of the United
States.Their weakness however is that oftentimes their stand on public
issues is on one extreme end of the spectrum, which the average American,
although agreeing with the stand in general, cannot support the extremity
to which they’ve gone.An example of thi

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