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philly_bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-07-07 11:29 PM
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170. Loved this thread! Especially history of right-wing think-tanks.
The Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, etc., need to be discredited once and for all as shills for the rich. Would love to see a "genealogical chart" of Hayek and Chicago School influenced think tanks.

One thing I ended up a little vague on after a quick reading of the thread was, what's it mean when you tack "neo" onto an ideology? "What is relation between liberals and neoliberals, conservatives and neoconservatives." Those words are used so often that we think we know what they mean, but I think leftist_not_liberal offers a different view and I haven't digested it. Liberals and neoliberals are WAY different, conservatives and neoconservatives not so much. Neoliberals and neoconservatives end up in the same wealthy clubrooms and war-rooms nowadays.

Anyway, l_not_l, here's my contribution to your work on right-wing think tanks:

Some suggest that Rockefeller started the University of Chicago (in 1890) with the direct intention of fighting back against the state and federal antitrust authorities fighting him in the 1880s.

Rather successfully so, wouldn't you say, combining high-brow great-bookishness with the antiregulatory free-market Chicago School ideology?

Rockefeller and his "University" may be at top of the geneaological chart I hope someone makes someday...

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