Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The origin of think tanks

Think tanks surround politics today and are the very things that are supposed to generate new ideas. But if you go back and look at how they rose up - at who invented them and why  - you discover they are not quite what they seem. That in reality they may have nothing to do with genuinely developing new ideas, but have  become a branch of the PR industry whose aim is to do the very opposite - to endlessly prop up and reinforce today's accepted political wisdom.
Adam Curtis wrote an intersting piece on the history of think tanks and the role they play: The curse of TINA

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