The NYT is reporting that “foreign powers” are buying political influence through substantial contributions to “think tanks.” These contributions ensure editorial discretion is favorable to the contributor’s cause(s) and criticism is censored. The article calls out the Center for Global Development, the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Atlantic Council as particularly egregious examples.
I am surprised anyone is surprised that these think tanks are anything but paid shills. Same goes for MSM and economists. Consider the voodoo trickle-down economics, proposed by Milton Friedman in 1970 and institutionalized as policy by the Reagan administration in 1982. This resulted in deep tax breaks for the wealthy on the expectation that their spending and investment would juice the economy. Turned out to be pure hokum. Even Forbes now calls it “The World’s Dumbest Idea” — in 2013, 43 years after Friedman first proposed it.
This is all part of the lies and misdirection practiced by the global elite to manage the masses by confusing the message. Pick any controversial topic — e.g. fracking — and there are no shortage of “experts” on either side of the debate. Who’s right? From the pro-fracking camp, who cares. The evidence is so convoluted, few are willing to invest the time and thought to decode the truth. Win = pro-fracking.
Another good one — the downing of MH17. Suppress the evidence. Repeat unsubstantiated lies over and over. Who done it? Who knows? Ask anyone and most will say the Russians/Putin. Win = USG
As the great propagandist Joseph Goebbels once (reputedly) said,
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”