Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Even the Liberal Brookings

Brookings is a liberal think tank. It doesn't matter how many former Bushies they hire, its label in our media industrial complex is liberal. Intellectual pretensions aside, none of these things are pure "idea factories." They exist to disseminate those ideas, and use their reputations and their position in our discourse to do just that, and do so quite aggressively. The fact that they may have a wider range of perspectives than some conservative think tanks doesn't change that fact. The fact that lots of conservative ideas on foreign policy get transmitted from "even the liberal Brookings" gives them even more power, and the actual liberals within, if they exist, should work to counteract that.