“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?”
“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.
“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.”