In 1872, a political reporter made this statement after a faction of the dominant Republican Party went ahead and nominated the radical newspaper publisher Horace Greeley as their candidate for President:
“there was too much brains and not enough whiskey at the convention.”
So are there too many brains in the conservative establishment? That’s what this writer is saying in an article Filmer was kind enough to bring to my attention. I agree with many of the thoughts in the articles, that so-called conservative think tanks have become top heavy with scholars fleeing universities and colleges. That they’re paid a lot of money and make comfortable living talking to each other and saying the same things they said 30 years ago and so long as the money keeps coming in, the continue on in this way.
A donor who would rather see his money well spent rather than thoughtlessly getting the tax write-off, would be wise to find think tanks outside the Beltway and the coasts, the home of the cosmos, outside of the big cities, for fresh and different approach that could pay off towards something substantial if the resources are provided. But that’s the rub isn’t it? Many of these donors are corporations who sensibly don’t want to fund groups that question their power and influence or would promote the politics of decentralization. They spend on the same ones because they know its a safe investment. The early conservative movement depended upon individuals like oil wildcatters and family trust foundations for its support. But as soon as big money rolled in after 1980, the cosmo think tanks stopped thinking and simply repeated what they were told. It easier to raise money that way.
Well, you get what you pay for.