The Olin Foundation Closes

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The John M. Olin Foundation is shutting its doors today after 35 years of financial support for conservative ideas and institutions. In its wake, groups like the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute are defining policy for the Bush Administration and Congress. How did conservative think tanks get to be so powerful? Have they advanced the financial goals of their funders as well as ideology? Can wealthy progressives adopt the same strategies and compete more effectively in the war of ideas? Joining us today are James Piereson, with the Olin Foundation, who will now be Executive Director for the William Simon Foundation and Andrew Rich, teacher of political science at the City College of New York. He-s author of a book called, "Think Tanks, Public Policy and the Politics of Expertise".
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