Continuing the discussion from Revealed: the hidden web of big-business money backing Europe's pro-TTIP "think tanks":
There has been a strong synergy lately between things on my mind, and topics on BB as of late. Hence, another bifurcation in the garden of forking paths:
What is the deal with “think tanks”, policy institutes, etc. ? By which I mean, the ones I usually hear about are the usual square, corporatist, bourgeois, etc lamestream politics. I rarely hear about socialist or progressive ones. Are there some which exist, but are just underground? Are they difficult for people to DIY? Or are there reasons why most activists don’t bother trying this sort of thing?
I really know very little about this sort of thing, and would be interested to read of others opinions and experiences.