Discussion in 'Black People Open Forum' started by Ankhur, Dec 8, 2009.
AND WHY ARE THEY SO IMPORTANT????????
one view..they are a think tank. You could become one..LOL
I may be wrong but it's a little more then that
No disrespect but it's
Kinda like saying the Cosa Nostra is a Sicilian Social club, and I can become a member.
Initially centrist, the Institution took its first step rightwards during the depression, in response to the New Deal. In the 1960s, it was linked to the conservative wing of the Democratic party, backing Keynsian economics. From the mid-70s it cemented a close relationship with the Republican party. Since the 1990s it has taken steps further towards the right in parallel with the increasing influence of right-wing think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation.
The organisation's work concentrates on these research programs: 
Foreign Policy Studies
Global Economy and Development
It also operates the Center for Public Policy Education and the Brookings Institution Press, which publishes about fifty books a year.
Board of Trustees
The Brookings Institution – Board of Trustees with Affiliations as of May 2007:
John L. Thornton, Chair of the Board, The Brookings Institution
Strobe Talbott, President, The Brookings Institution
Robert J. Abernethy, President, American Standard Development Co., Inc.
Liaquat Ahamed, Former Chief Investment Officer, Fischer Francis Trees and Watts, Inc.
Alan R. Batkin, Vice Chairman, Eton Park Capital Management
Richard C. Blum, Chairman and President, Blum Capital Partners, LP
Geoffrey T. Boisi, Chairman and Senior Partner, Roundtable Investment Partners LLC
Arthur B. Culvahouse, Jr., Chair, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Alan M. Dachs, President and CEO, Fremont Group
Kenneth W. Dam, Max Pam Professor of American & Foreign Law, University of Chicago Law School
Steven A. Denning, Managing Partner, General Atlantic Partners
Vishakha N. Desai Ph.D., President and CEO, The Asia Society
Thomas E. Donilon, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Mario Draghi, Governor, Bank of Italy
Kenneth M. Duberstein, Chairman and CEO, The Duberstein Group, Inc.
Alfred B. Engelberg, Trustee, The Engelberg Foundation
Lawrence K. Fish, Chairman and CEO, Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr., President and CEO, Sun-Times Media Group, Inc.
Bart Friedman, Senior Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
David Friend, President and CEO, Carbonite, Inc.
Ann M. Fudge
Jeffrey W. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO, Aquiline Holdings LLC
Brian L. Greenspun, Chairman and CEO, The Greenspun Corporation
Glenn Hutchins, Founder and Managing Partner, Silver Lake Partners
Joel Z. Hyatt, CEO, Current Media, LLC
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kenneth M. Jacobs, Deputy Chairman, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC
Suzanne Nora Johnson, Senior Director, Retired Vice Chairman, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Harold Hongju Koh, Dean of Yale Law School, Yale University
William A. Owens, Chairman and CEO, AEA Investors LLC
Frank H. Pearl, Chairman and CEO, Perseus, LLC
John Edward Porter, Partner, Hogan & Hartson
Edgar Rios, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Americhoice
Haim Saban, Chairman and CEO, Saban Capital Group, Inc.
Victoria P. Sant, President, The Summit Foundation
Leonard D. Schaeffer, Chairman and CEO, North Bristol Partners
Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University
David F. Swensen, Chief Investment Officer, Yale University
Larry D. Thompson, Senior VP of Governmental Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary, PepsiCo, Inc.
Andrew H. Tisch, Co-Chairman of the Board, Loews Corporation
Laura D’Andrea, Tyson Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Antoine W. van Agtmael, Chairman, Emerging Markets Management, LLC
Beatrice W. Welters, Founder, The An-Bryce Foundation
Daniel Yergin, Chairman, Cambridge Energy Research Associates
Cooperation & Affiliation
American Enterprise Institute, US (AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies; joint conferences, publications, research)
Wharton Business School, US (Brookings-Wharton Papers on Economic Activity; joint research, conferences, publications)
American Enterprise Institute
American Enterprise Institute
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is one of the oldest and most influential of the pro-business right-wing think tanks. It promotes the advancement of free enterprise capitalism, and has been extremely successful in placing its people in influential governmental positions, particularly in the Bush Administration. AEI has been described as one of the country's main bastions of neoconservatism.
American Enterprise Institute
1150 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
President/Executive Director: Christopher DeMuth
Finances: $24,934,545 (2003 income)
Employees: more than 50 resident scholars and fellows
Board of Trustees: Chairman Bruce Kovner (Caxton Associations, LLC); Vice Chair Lee R. Raymond (Exxon Mobil Corporation); Treasurer Tully M. Friedman (Friedman, Fleischer, & Lowe LLC); Gordon M. Binder (Coastview Capital, LLC); Harlan Crow (Crow Holdings); Christopher DeMuth (American Enterprise Institute); Morton H. Fleischer (Spirit Finance Corp.); Christopher B. Galvin (Motorola); Raymond V. Gilmartin (Merck & Co.); Harvey Golub (American Express Co.); Robert F. Greenhill (Greenhill & Co., LLC) ; Roger Hertog (Alliance Capital Management Corporation); Martin M. Koffel (URS Corporation); John A. Luke, Jr. (MeadWestvaco Corp.); L. Ben Lytle (Anthem, Inc.); Alex Mandl (Gemplus International); Robert A. Pritzker (Colson Associates, Inc.); J. Joe Ricketts (Ameritrade Holding Corporation); Kevin B. Rollins (Dell, Inc.); John W. Rowe (Exelon Corp.); Edward B. Rust, Jr. (State Farm Insurance Co.); William S. Stavropoulos (Dow Chemical Co.); Wilson H. Taylor (CIGNA Corp.); Marilyn Ware (American Water); James Q. Wilson (Pepperdine University)
Publications: Monthly newsletter, dozens of books and hundreds of articles and reports each year, and a glossy policy magazine, The American Enterprise.
American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is a think tank for conservatives, neoconservatives, and conservative libertarians.
Areas of interest include: America's "culture war," domestic policy and federal spending, education reform, neoconservatism, affirmative action, and welfare reform.
President George W. Bush has appointed over a dozen people from AEI to senior positions in his administration. AEI claims that this is more than any other research institution.
AEI sponsors and participates in debates and lectures on many issues.
AEI scholars have testified before Congress on a variety of issues.
Several AEI scholars have written articles in favor of government censorship of the arts.
Scholar Michael Novak has argued that prayer belongs in public schools and that it doesn't violate the establishment clause.
AEI scholars have advocated federally-funded school voucher programs.
Background and History
Most of AEI's Board of Directors are CEOs of major companies, including ExxonMobil, Motorola, American Express, State Farm Insurance, and Dow Chemicals.
Big donors include the top conservative foundations, including Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Olin Foundation, the Scaife Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
They are essentially institutes involved in planning policy, that work in the
interest of the power leagues.
In a book titled, "the powers that be', g. wm. domhoff breaks down how these
think tanks/research inst.'s function.
Here are just some of the ways they function, according to domhoff:
*They provide a framework for commissioned studies by experts on important
issues, thereby assuring leaders within the power elite that they have the latest
and best information on the subject at hand.
*They provide an informal recruiting ground for determining which academic
experts may be suitable for government service, either as faceless staff aides
to the numerous lawyers and business people who take washington positions or
as executive-branch appointees in their own right.
*They provide an informal training ground for new leadership within the
power elite. It is in these organizations that big business-people can determine
which of their peers are best suited for service in the government.
These folks won't give you a minutes rest!
Just when you think there is going to be hope, or real change or some good old altruism comeing from folks we voted;
for they make a speech about what every single citizen is concerned with at a think tank,
that we have to be aware of, but is not publicised on the corporate media, in order to let the general public KNOW what the real deal is
I would suggest then, that it is time (past time even), that we create
institutions, like the brookings or aei, that research and produce information
essential to us and disseminate it wherever in the world we huddle up.
Go on their websites and see all the books these institutes put out dealing
with economic policy, foreign policy, defense and sociopolitical studies.
They put out 5, 6, or more books a year designed to shape the consciousness of the masses.
Which in and of itself is not a bad thing, especially since we are, as black
folk, are trying to shape our collective consciousness in a way the serves in our best interest.
To be honest , that was the reason I started talking and listening on here and Black planet, Black voices, Netnoir, Afrochat and others to see what has already manifested regarding Black think tanks (non co-opted) that I could supprt, but the search continues.
I don't know if our collective focus is ready for that, but I hope I am wrong
Did I not say this very thing..I didnt use as many words..
I realy don't know why with all the hell the Black community is faceing, we have to wait for an ish ike this to talk about forming think tanks.
The point is that if we had 20 Black think tanks with 80 billion each the president would not be intersted in adressing any of them regarding his plans to assist Black busineses or the Black community regarding unemployment.
The post was made because the presidents speech was cut off on television as well as radio and then continued live from the Brookings Inst, and let out to his consituency,
after the presentation,
and realy the point was it seeemed odd that with a majority in the senate and house of Democrats,
why would he have to pander to a group of neocons,
about jobs we knew for 8 years that
they have no intention to create,
but are more then eager to outsource!
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