Think-tanks and the right-wing quest to shape public debate

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Think-tanks and the right-wing quest to shape public debate

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This is an older article on rabble.

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2014/09/think-tanks-and-right-wing-quest-to-...

Mission accomplished. Certainly the Canadian landscape is cluttered with right-wing think-tanks -- the Fraser Institute, the C.D. Howe Institute, the Montreal Economic Institute, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, the Frontier Institute, just to name a few -- all well-funded by a business elite keen to have its message packaged in a manner that makes it appear grounded in serious research.

These right-wing policy shops have played a huge role in implanting an ideology that treats the rich as "wealth creators" who must be freed from government regulation -- and whose goodwill must be constantly cultivated, lest they be discouraged from investing. This has boiled down to a simple message -- government bad, private sector good -- that has become the mantra of our times, the guiding force in shaping public policy.

This is true, but times have changed. Mass media is still powerful but they don't have the control they used to. Messages people are interested in go viral.

The right has twisted messages from the left. This government is bad was turned into government is bad.

The information exists to counter right-wing thinking. The difficulty is in formulating and formatting it to get through to the masses. With digital technology disseminating the information is not the challenge. Core messaging is.