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The Vanishing TraditionPerspectives on American Conservatism$
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Paul Gottfried

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749858

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749858.001.0001

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Who Funds Conservatism, Inc.?

Who Funds Conservatism, Inc.?

(p.62) 4 Who Funds Conservatism, Inc.?
The Vanishing Tradition

Joseph Cotto

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on conservative think tanks, which represent for Republicans and those who claim to be conservative a sort of alternative mass outlet. In these institutions, one encounters advocates of tax cuts, those who support pro-business economic policies, and opponents of runaway government spending. These think tanks also feature social conservatives who preach traditional values but who usually do not bring in as much funding as other groups represented in conservative think tanks. In understanding the politics of think tanks, it is necessary to look at those responsible for lavishing wealth on them. Once it is made clear who funds the Center Right establishment—also known as Conservatism, Inc.—it should become obvious why some in establishment conservatism rallied against Donald Trump's candidacy and continue to support public policy unpopular with most of the country. The chapter examines the assistance that Republican think tanks in the Washington area receive from defense industries and from those who are pushing for a more activist foreign policy.

Keywords:   conservative think tanks, Republicans, social conservatives, traditional values, Center Right establishment, establishment conservatism, Republican think tanks, defense industries, activist foreign policy

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