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What the heck is the Claremont Institute?

I just got one of those stupid emails with an article attached saying McCarthy was right all along about commies infiltrating higher education and the entertainment industry.

Right wing rag right?

by Anonymousreply 1402/27/2013

Anyone who says McCarthy was right is a right wing kook.

by Anonymousreply 102/25/2013

The Claremont Institute is an American conservative think tank based in Claremont, California. The mission of the Claremont Institute is "to restore the principles of the American founding fathers to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life", and to "remake American politics" as established by the founders in the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

by Anonymousreply 202/25/2013

Wikipedia tells us

[quote]The Claremont Institute is an American conservative think tank based in Claremont, California. The mission of the Claremont Institute is "to restore the principles of the American founding fathers to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life", and to "remake American politics" as established by the founders in the U.S. Declaration of Independence.[1]

I think you know what that means, OP. They want us to become deist free thinkers and revolutionaries.

by Anonymousreply 302/25/2013

Exactly R3. It proves that the asswipes don't know the first thing about the founding fathers.

by Anonymousreply 402/25/2013

It's one of several right-wing think tanks disguised to be academic centers of research. In reality they disseminate right-wing positions.

They decide their positions through consultations with billionaires who have a taste for politics such as the Koch brothers. Once they formulate a position they hire right wing hacks to back the position up with cherry-picked statistics.

There are a slew of them: Cato, Heritage, American Enterprise, George Mason (received millions from the Koch Bros.)

Here are some of the causes they push -- breaking unions especially public unions, killing environmental controls, switching public schools to charter schools, discrediting global warming, demanding deficit reductions, eliminating or privatizing public services, opposing single payer, and on and on.

If one of these outfits is for it, it is because it helps the very rich and hurts us.

Claremont says its niche is California issues. If California ever wanted to reintroduce raising property taxes to help rescue its public education system, Claremont would fight it tooth and nail.

by Anonymousreply 502/25/2013

They get a lot of play in the newspapers in NYC anyway. They put thoughtful sounding topics on the op-ed page and you have to read the small print at the bottom to see where it comes from.

A favorite is to get space in "The Daily News" so they can blame the economic collapse on homeroom teachers.

by Anonymousreply 602/25/2013

[quote]They get a lot of play in the newspapers in NYC anyway. They put thoughtful sounding topics on the op-ed page and you have to read the small print at the bottom to see where it comes from.

I work at a newspaper. Several times a day we get emails from the Something Institute or the BlahBlah Foundation:

[quote]Dr. So-and-So, a respected such-and-such, has penned a thoughtful op-ed on (whatever). I'll follow up with you later this week to see if you plan to run it!

They're always well-written, short canned pieces pushing the most hard-right corporate agendas. Sometimes I Google the stories later and get depressed when I see the number of papers that do run them.

by Anonymousreply 702/25/2013

Regressives are in high gear trying to rehabilitate McCarthy because they want to use the same tactics of lies and innuendo so to make political gain. Check out the New Yorker's profile on Ted Cruz. He is doing EXACTLY what McCarthy did:

1 - make an outrageous claim based on nothing that exists in reality.

2 - include details that make it sound like it maybe true.

3 - put the burden of proof on the person you're slandering.

4 - lash out at critics who call you on your claim. Hint that they too must be part of the plot.

by Anonymousreply 802/25/2013

Here's an example of an "institute" story run as a real op-ed by a fairly large newspaper. The author is "president, CEO, and Taube Fellow in Health Care Studies at the Pacific Research Institute." Basically she's a PR person for the far-right corporate industries.

by Anonymousreply 902/25/2013

[quote] If California ever wanted to reintroduce raising property taxes to help rescue its public education system, Claremont would fight it tooth and nail.

Because Prop 13 is part of the California constitution, it's unlikely it will ever be overturned.

by Anonymousreply 1002/25/2013

"conservative" "think tank"

Oh my sides.

by Anonymousreply 1102/25/2013

more like Conservative septic tank.

by Anonymousreply 1202/25/2013

They lie about the Founding Fathers.

by Anonymousreply 1302/25/2013

R7:

Here is an example of what you are talking about.

An analysis of the sequester problem in the NYT today was mostly about the problems we face from slashes in federal spending.

In rebuttal, the author gives space to one Tyler Cohen:

"People focus on the upfront cost and they don’t think through the whole timeline,” said Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University and an occasional contributor to the Sunday Business section of The New York Times. “You have to cut spending within the next 10 years anyway. It may be time to take some lumps.”

Cowen says that it is obvious we must cut federal spending, meaning social programs such as Medicaid and Social Security of course. He would never advocate slashing subsidies for big business, of course.

The concept that a vigorous recovery helped by federal spending would boost revenues so slashes would not be necessary, in his view, is so outlandish that it does not need to be discussed.

What the article does not mention is that Cohen is a bought and paid for henchman of the Koch brothers. He serves on as an adjunct for the Koch controlled Cato Institute.

He is on the faculty of George Mason University, which might as well be called Koch U. The brothers give millions to the university.

He gets a free ride as an undercover spokesman for the Koch brothers with access to the most important liberal media outlet in the country.

Can you imagine the uproar on the right if someone found out that a teachers' union, the National Education Association, the largest union in the United States, had an unannounced presence on editorial pages all over the country?

by Anonymousreply 1402/27/2013
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