Think Tank People

“The Economist explains the role of think tanks as filling “the gap between academia and policy making.” I made a list for tweet scan to get a sense of that gap. It ain’t no gap – it’s a chasm, no an abyss.

The role of professional academic researchers move with the dedicated pace of a peer review and thus, very slowly. Journalists produce daily descriptions of events and are fast but not dispositive.

The job of a think tank is to make some sense of the day-to-day world over the course of a year or more and develop policies that make each day better than the one before. The good ones make the academic rigor of research as accessible a news story. The list below is not exhaustive and developed as a test using their twitter feed. Which of the following are most accessible?”

Rex L. Curry

Acton Institute

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” Lord John Acton (1834-1902). Acton seeks ways to articulate a vision of society that is both free and virtuous, the end of which is human flourishing.

American Enterprise Institute

Aspen Institute

Atlantic Council

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Bipartisan Policy Center

Brookings Institution

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Cato Institute

Libertarian and non-interventionist

Center for a New American Security

Center for American Progress

Center for Immigration Studies

Center for Strategic and International Studies

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Claremont Institute

Commonwealth Fund

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Council on Foreign Relations

Discovery Institute

Earth Institute

Economic Policy Institute

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Freedom House

Guttmacher Institute

Heartland Institute

Heritage Foundation

Hoover Institution

Human Rights Watch

Independent Institute

Inter-American Dialogue

James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy

Kaiser Family Foundation

Lexington Institute

Ludwig von Mises Institute

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

National Bureau of Economic Research

New America Foundation

New Democrat Network

Open Society Foundation

Peterson Institute for International Economics

Public Policy Institute of California

RAND Corporation

Reason Foundation

Rocky Mountain Institute

The Russell Sage Foundation

Third Way

Urban Institute

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Worldwatch Institute

Tweet O-Rama

“Everything happens all at once, so thank your lucky stars that the people who watch “happenings” come in groups. I have a list of stars below. Some are steady constellations, some are roaring through the political heavens. Some are galaxies of knowledge and experience with well defined issues, others serve a specific need or a nagging concern until the problem is solved and then they move on. All of them are amidst the vast diversity of views and experience in America. There are some shooting stars as number of them will “close,” or “merge,” or just disappear as organizations. The rate is disturbing, but few notice. Yet, for the first time, the gem of a tightly edited tweet might make a difference.”

Rex L. Curry

Watchdog People

The watchdog people live lives of great trepidation, review the most recent concerns and summarize the state of our union. Report.

Housing Rights People

People who know the foundation of a good society is housing in communities capable of nurturing everyone’s young.

Protect the Vote People

The right to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State. It is the law and our political leaders in many states are breaking it.

Social Policy People

The unknown principle of action adopted by governments and corporations is to avoid scrutiny of all kinds.

Business Integrity People

The number of businesses that will steal or cheat is growing. The integrity people are out there to find them.

Think Tank People

Accountability People

There seems to be no end to the trouble people get into when the basics are ignored by the developers of all things material. They hide their mistakes.

Consumer Protection People

Imagine if a thing you bought wasn’t safe. How you know? Right, we need people who pay attention to this stuff.

Tax Accountability People

Socialism for the rich is well documented by the tax account people. Be warned, these tweets can alter your sense of fairness in the way capital is treated.

Local Political People

Finding local political organizations often requires a look at some national network people building local networks.

Economic Justice People

People who make right past wrongs give us a good definition of justice. The opposite of wealth is not poverty, it is an injustice.

Random Tweet O-Ramas

A reasonable combination of the policymakers that appear to be conservative or progressive.

Close to the ground testers for what works in your world. Rough list and growing.

Monthly Summary

These moderately overlapping group of institutions are summarized for what they think is important in a monthly summary posted at the end of each month beginning March 2019.

This project began with the START list. Have a look, if you are hoping to find organizations.