By Sharon Beder
During this brilliantly researched expos�, 'communications Rottweiler' Sharon Beder blasts open the backrooms and boardrooms to bare how the foreign company elite dictate worldwide politics for his or her personal profit. Beder exhibits how they created company institutions and �think tanks� within the Nineteen Seventies to force public coverage, pressured the global privatization and deregulation of public companies within the Eighties and Nineteen Nineties (enabling a huge move of possession and keep watch over over crucial prone) and, nonetheless now not chuffed, have labored relentlessly because the overdue Nineteen Nineties to rewrite the very ideas of the worldwide economic climate to funnel wealth and tool into their wallet. desire a globalized and homogenized global of clash, poverty and large environmental degradation run via a company oligarchy that wipes its ft on democracy? Or a democratic international, the place poverty is background, businesses paintings for individuals and fresh water is a correct, now not a privilege you pay for? Beder�s message is obvious - it�s your global, and it�s time to struggle for it
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97 Cato campaigns for reduced government and deregulation of the economy. It calls for many government functions to be turned over to the private sector. William Niskanen was acting chair of Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1985 when he left to become chair of the Cato Institute. 98 CORPORATE INFLUENCE Think tanks have become essential vehicles of business propaganda and policy marketing. Rather than just react to proposed government policies, during the 1970s US corporations began to initiate policies more actively and to shepherd them through the policy-making process until they became government policy.
Reagan chose people from the think tanks and free-market policy networks to staff his administration, along with the businessmen and party ofﬁcials. 114 Think tanks provide a fast track to a political career and a public proﬁle in the policy arena. They also provide a place for discarded government ofﬁcials to go when there is a change of government, where they can be employed until ‘their’ government is re-elected, while still having some inﬂuence over public policy as they wait. 115 AEI played host to several members of the Ford administration when Ford left ofﬁce, including Gerald Ford himself, who also became a resident fellow there.
Oid=4456 103 Domhoff, Who Rules America? p82. providerID=6 109 Domhoff, Who Rules America? p83. 110 Abelson, ‘Think Tanks and US Foreign Policy’. 111 Cited in Ricci, The Transformation of American Politics, p2 and Strobe Talbott, ‘The Brookings Institution: How a Think Tank Works’, US Foreign Policy Agenda, vol 7, no 3, 2002. 112 Gellner, ‘The Politics of Policy “Political Think Tanks”’, p505; Ricci, The Transformation of American Politics, p162. 113 ‘Think Tanks: The Carousels of Power’, The Economist, 1991; Donald E.