How often do you encounter organizations that seem to have “no agenda” or claim to be “non-partisan.” If ever there was a time to do some mental substitution, this would be it. I worked for a “non-partisan economic research foundation” once. They were gold bugs and some strange blend of Marxist sympathising libertarians. I had a kid from NYPIRG come to my house the other night to tell me about fracking and its dangers. He claimed that NYPIRG was a non-partisan group. I asked him if he knew a single libertarian working for them, he looked at me and said, “well, our mission says that we are non-partisan.” Which is to say, nearly 100% of the people who work for this non-partisan place are lefties. Same thing for our “non-partisan” intellectually diverse universities. And the same thing for the conservative side too. The AEI, CATO, etc. all claim to be non-partisan. And I suppose that is strictly true. But these places are not non-partisan. They attract people with a particular view.
In fact the more honest I see an organization about their partisan leanings the more serious I take them. So, for example, I take Paul Krugman far more seriously than I’ll ever take someone from NYPIRG. We’ll explore this further when folks are in the mood to read more. But it’s the holidays, and these posts should be like little candy treats.