Tuesday, August 30, 2005

THis is funny...

The Poor man

Selected author bios from National Review Online:

Michael Ledeen, an NRO contributing editor, is most recently the author of The War Against the Terror Masters. He is resident scholar in the Freedom Chair at the American Enterprise Institute.


Bruce Bartlett is senior fellow for the National Center for Policy Analysis.


Clifford D. May, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, is president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism.


James S. Robbins is senior fellow in national-security affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council, a trustee for the Leaders for Liberty Foundation, and an NRO contributor.

last and least:

Andrew C. McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, is a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

And he was great in “Pretty in Pink”.

One thing you notice, if you pay much attention to the professional wingnut class, is that they all seem to have some fancy-sounding, quasi-academic positions at organizations that you’ve heard of, but have no idea what they do; or which you think you’ve heard of, but you’re actually thinking of some other organization that you also have no idea about what they do. Most of these organizations appear to be “think tanks”, a term which once meant something (RAND, Brookings), but now appears to have devolved into what we used to call “propaganda mills”, but without the icky working-class connotations. I don’t mean to denigrate all such institutions - some people express sincere admiration for the work of AEI, for example - but, as a class, they seem mostly to exist for the sake of existing, existing so they can gussy up some otherwise undistinguished CVs. Well, I’ve got as undistinguished a CV as any of these National Review guys, and I want in on the action.

I have reviewed the websites of the above-mentioned organizations, and have determined that the following six things are required in order to make a think tank:

1. Lots of poorly-reasoned, under-informed, platitudinous essays on policy, politics, and society.

2. A website.

I think I can state, without fear of contradiction, that I’m all over these two.

3. A name, which includes at least two of the following words: American, Democracy, Foundation, Institute, Center, Policy, Freedom.

Done. This blog online magazine proto-think tank is now “The Poor Man Institute for Freedom and Democracy and a Pony“.

Then come the three toughies:

4. A crackpot economic theory which is overtly supported for one reason, but secretly supported for another. Generally, this is some kind of deregulation nonsense combined with a modified Laffer Curve that goes like 1/t.

5. A social scapegoat. Gays are good, liberals and the media are reliable stand-bys, but immigrants are the fresh new hotness.

6. Lots of impressive-sounding titles given to utter tools.

We’ll take these one at a time:

4. A crackpot economic theory which is overtly supported for one reason, but secretly supported for another.
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