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Democracy – How Think tanks shape policy making


Finally, less than 100,000 people have the power to shape the world in a manner they deem fit. Concentration of power. (Cartoon BY - ANDY SINGER, Courtesy - POLITICALCARTOONS.COM  -  2/4/2010 12:00:00 AM). Click for larger image.

Finally, less than 100,000 people have the power to shape the world in a manner they deem fit. Concentration of power. (Cartoon BY - ANDY SINGER, Courtesy - POLITICALCARTOONS.COM - 2/4/2010 12:00:00 AM). Click for larger image.

Old boys club

Council on Foreign Relations sounds like a pretty harmless group, which has a few academics that potter around – and release an occasional irrelevant paper.

Not quite. If not harmful, they are atleast pretty powerful.

In 1952, Eisenhower and Richard Nixon became the first CFR members to be elected President and Vice President of the USA.

Adlai Stevenson, the Democratic candidate beaten by Eisenhower and Nixon, was also a CFR member.

‘The Council was starting to dominate American politics at the highest levels,’ write Burnett and Games.

‘The pattern would be repeated four years later, with Stevenson again losing out to Eisenhower and Nixon.

‘Although Nixon was to narrowly lose the next election in 1960 against John F Kennedy, the charismatic Bostonian was another member of the CFR.

‘Nixon would return in 1968 to defeat fellow CFR member Hubert Humphrey, and win again in 1972 against George McGovern.

‘Although not a CFR member in 1972, McGovern saw the light and joined afterwards.’ (via Southern Times – Why Africa needs secret societies).

Red herrings – the challenge ahead

English language media at least, is dominated by a few news agencies like Reuters, Bloomberg, API, and AFP. These agencies in turn are fed by various think tanks and reserch organizations, which then dominate global debate.  In the last few years, top 10 websites control 75% of the web traffic. Hollywood dominates the big screen.

For instance the highly flawed model of Transparency International promotes a narrative of corrupt Africa and Asia. To dominate the debate, censorship is not the only solution. It is not even a preferred solution.

More noise is equally effective. 

Finally a few media conglomerates drive the global mindset. Usually censorship is not needed. More noise is equally effective. (Cartoonist - Ares, Courtesy - Cagle Cartoons, www.caglecartoons.com). Click for larger image.

Finally a few media conglomerates drive the global mindset. Usually censorship is not needed. More noise is equally effective. (Cartoonist - Ares, Courtesy - Cagle Cartoons, http://www.caglecartoons.com). Click for larger image.

Capture and exploit

After this kind of media capture, the West drives the narrative. And exploits this narrative. To get over the ‘problem’ of economic stagnation, the West has created artificial ‘crisis’ situations.

These are major diplomatic offensives using media, academia, events and situations, to

  • Maintain superior negotiating positions
  • Define the agenda – which usually means non-substantive issues.

But for an India to match the trade and tariff barriers, propaganda and diplomatic offensives, calls for more resources.

The image of corrupt politician, Congressman, has become easy to promote, driven by Transparency International's flawed data. The role of these Think Tanks gets concealed. (Cartoon - BY PAT BAGLEY, Published by SALT LAKE TRIBUNE  -  1/27/2010 12:00:00 AM; courtesy - caglecartoons.com). Click for larger image.

The image of corrupt politician, Congressman, has become easy to promote, driven by Transparency International's flawed data. The role of these Think Tanks gets concealed. (Cartoon - BY PAT BAGLEY, Published by SALT LAKE TRIBUNE - 1/27/2010 12:00:00 AM; courtesy - caglecartoons.com). Click for larger image.

Benign designs?

The manner of funding Indian NGOs by external sources, especially the West, is not benign anymore. More than 33 lakh NGOs operate in India, with foreign funding that is estimated at US$4 billion. This figure is double the official Government figure that is based on declared receipts, which reports say, are under-declared.

In times to come

Is the West aiming to capture these Indian ‘think-tanks’? The promotion of Western Climate Change agenda by Amartya Sen, under the auspices of the Aspen Institute India is indication of times to come.

Mechanics of माया maya?

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  1. hemen parekh
    June 16, 2011 at 5:25 am

    India’s Population Explodes — 4

    2011 census revealed how the populations of some of the States of India compare with entire populations of some countries. Here is the score :

     Uttar Pradesh ( 199.5 millions ) Vs. Brazil ( 195 millions )

     Maharashtra ( 112.3 millions ) Vs. Mexico ( 111 millions )

     Bihar ( 103.8 millions ) Vs. Philippines ( 94 millions )

     Andhra Pradesh ( 84.6 millions ) Vs. Egypt ( 84 millions )

     Tamil Nadu ( 72.1 millions ) Vs. Thailand ( 68 millions )

     Gujarat ( 60.3 millions ) Vs. Italy ( 60 millions )

     Jharkhand ( 32.9 millions ) Vs. Morocco ( 33 millions )

    These 7 states combined can surpass entire Europe which has a population of 595 millions !

    This is also our wake-up call !

    But wait ! Drafting of Lokpal Bill takes precedence over the ticking away population explosion bomb !

    How can we let these millions die from corruption ? It is ok to let them die from starvation !

    With regards

    hemen parekh

  2. June 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    This was actually a spam comment. De-spammed it – as it an excellent example of Think Tanks taking control of our mindset. The population control theory was developed and propounded by the Carnegie Endowment, Ford Foundation – the precursors to CFR.

    And even while there is scattered talk of the ‘demographic dividend’ we still talk of human beings, especially Indians as a problem or a burden.

  3. hemp
    July 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

    The man known as Tricky Dick who is seen today as the greatest villain in the history of American politics actually began his amazing career as a principled campaigner and a scrupulously honest member of Congress.Sadly the first real reassessment of Richard Nixons early career — his Congress years — had to wait until after his death in 1994. Gellman able to get the documentary access of which previous Nixon biographers could only dream.

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