American Enterprise Institute
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is a think tank in Washington DC, founded in 1938 as a joint project by a number of business executives. It functions as schmooze central for Beltway insiders and something of the more mature, less nutty, older brother to other think tanks like CEI or Cato.
The neoconservative godfather Irving Kristol became affiliated with AEI in the late 1960s, after bailing from another organization upon learning that it was CIA-funded. Subsequently AEI took a harder neoconservative bent, though it also employed the occasional libertarian like Milton Friedman. They became a hotbed of trickle-down economics during the Reagan years.
In the early 1990s, they were embroiled in some controversy when an affiliate of theirs, Charles Murray, published a study purporting to establish IQ as a determinant of socio-economic status, entitled The Bell Curve.
They were alleged to have put up a cash offer for scientists to criticize the IPCC report, which never went through. They claim this never happened and The Guardian misrepresented the proposed grant as a bribe. Unlike many conservative think tanks, not all of its members take a hard-line denialist position on global warming — some of its fellows accept the science while others deny it. James Glassman is probably one of their more notorious deniers, having churned out a good deal of material for Tech Central Station, an online magazine known as a denialist platform.
On the positive side, they, unlike some other conservatives, haven't tried to deny that Obamacare is pretty much the exact plan that they and other conservatives had been pushing for since the '90s.
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- ↑ Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study, The Guardian
- ↑ Climate controversy and AEI: Facts and fictions, AEI
- ↑ Meet the Press, Washington Monthly
- ↑ J.D. Kleinke. [http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/opinion/sunday/why-obamacare-is-a-conservatives-dream.html "The Conservative Case for Obamacare." The New York Times, September 29, 2012.