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Think Tanks

Vox has recently discovered think tanks, with Matthew Yglesias writing an article about how there's no progressive support network for ideas like Single Payer, and now Zack Beauchamp on how the Dems literally don't have foreign policy think tanks. Beauchamp briefly identifies the problem (which applies to Yglesias' article too): many "liberals" don't support ideas like single payer and are fine with our current foreign policy. And those "liberals" are exclusively the ones that have the money to fund think tanks. I honestly don't see how that situation changes.

I'm glad Vox is discovering this, because during the 2016 primaries they were at the forefront of people complaining that Bernie Sanders' ideas weren't at the flushed-out white paper level that Clinton's were, that he didn't have an array of foreign policy experts supporting him, etc.. For those of us who supported Bernie, the fact that he was willing and able to go beyond the conventional acceptable discourse was the whole point, and the fact that he didn't have sophisticated policy papers on his website didn't really matter much.

By fnord12 | September 5, 2017, 11:51 AM | Liberal Outrage