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Tuesday, August 23, 2005 

Congratulations to new Think-Tank

DICK (the Dublin Institute for Culture and Knowledge) would like to welcome a new fraternal institution to the fold; the Poor Man Institute for Freedom and Democracy and a Pony.

As the Editors remark:

"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."

Indeed. While they have somehow overlooked the bounty of the Atlas Foundation leaflet we at DICK swear by, they usefully provide their own six-point plan, which we would encourage readers to peruse.

In particular, Item 3 puts us in mind of someone dear to our own hearts.

UPDATE: We also extended our best wishes to the Poor Man Institute in the comments to their announcement.
"EWI Says:
August 24th, 2005 at 2:31 am
We at the Dublin Institute for Culture and Knowledge (DICK for short) are delighted to welcome our new brother think-tank to the fold.

Furthermore, we are delighted to offer the Richard Waghorne Memorial Scholarship for facillitating the important exchange of ideas and friendship across the Atlantic. Unlike our right-wing counterparts we can’t offer swanky champagne parties, but we do have ready access to Polish bootlegged booze."

(Details here)

Some varieties of Yanks are welcome on these green shores.

"Libel"-Richard Waghorne
"Attack blog"-Damien Mulley

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