I would expect that someday online distance-learning instructors in the free university archipelago will be understood and valued as such by philanthropies that presently limit their investments to brick-and-mortar institutions. Once they comprehend the necessity to support online learning houses such as weblogs--as an investment in ideas--the prodemocracy movement in the US could shift dramatically.
Until that synergy between research, education, organizing, and action happens, though, the right-wing will continue to roll their tanks through the streets of American public opinion with impunity.
Spartacus, imagine a funding proposal for such an effort. What would be the main points? What would be funded? What are the expected outcomes? Could the effort if funded go on to become self-funding? Let's say this was a matter of self-sacrifice, and the issue were how much we are willing to give up for democracy, does a few dollars either way make much difference? Isn't the answer to long term sustainability the very concept of a citizen who has a real job, yet comes forward on his or her own time to advance a larger cause? Do we need a left wing nomenclatura, or isn't that to already accept the hegemony of hacks?