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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 5, 2022, 02:46 PM

10. Another instructive approach to seeing where the ill-gotten money has gone is...

...to look at the explosion in far-right "think" tanks that has occurred since the late '70s. Initially, these institutions were national or even international, because the startup costs were substantial and there was a risk that many of them wouldn't pay off. But during the rapacious Reagan years, it became clear that there was almost no way to lose, and the risk was so low that the "think" tanks started showing up everywhere. The institutions went from international to national, then they went to a regional or state-level focus, and finally even local "think" tanks were created.

Some of these state and local institutions are actually highly dependent on funding from the much wealthier national ones. There was a report that came out probably two decades ago called The Feeding Trough about what happened when the Bradley and Olin foundations (among others) began funding lower-level regional and state institutions. The report showed how this funding helped ram through the disastrous school voucher system in Wisconsin and also began turning the state into the dystopia it has become today.

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