The Atlas Network
Who funds the IEA, the TPA, the ASI &so on?
"freedom" (no regulations like workers' rights or environmental protection),
welfare (no tax & no free healthcare)
*Could it be* that it has something to do with defending their funders' interests
– The “freedom” of the “elite” to exploit people and the planet?
Featuring Atlas, huge piles of money, tradition, "free speech", useful idiots
and a very clear agenda that Brexit/Trump are a part of.
But before to know who funds the Thick Tank Hydra
you need to understand what it is.
Just like this 👇 – by @Deadspin.
Just listen to the video: They all say the same thing. One script.
That’s how the “Free Trade think tanks” network works: It looks like many different entities,
all claiming to do “research”.
The truth is, they are the hundreds mouthpieces of the same hydra.
How America's largest local TV owner turned its news anchors into soldiers in Trump's war on the media
For more detail, link here: papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf…
So “Free trade” US and UK (and worldwide) think tanks were linked from the very beginning.
Now let’s say hello to the Thick Tank Hydra:
Yes, it's big. Really big.
Anthony Fisher’s wet dream has become reality.
Featuring all UK 'Free trade' think tanks.
Here is (among many others) the Adam Smith Institute
– A UK think tank actually more American than British…
Here is (among many others) Open Europe
– An Eurosceptic think tank praised by Boris Johnson and…
“Eurosceptic Remainer” David Cameron (Sorry, what?)
Here is (among many others) the Institute of Economic Affairs – the Atlas Network’s “mother”…
And the Legatum Institute – famous for his link to disaster capitalists and, er, Gazprom.
And here is (among many others) the Taxpayers’ Alliance
– Now globalised as the World Taxpayers’ Alliance or WTA…
Apprenticeship in the United States" is a common point amongst these think tanks founders and staff.
The Atlas network offers training to make sure their think tank members are effective
- and meet each other.
Because, to be able to efficiently convey the same message, they do coordinate their efforts.
Let’s hear it from Grover Norquist:
Here he is giving tips for coalition meetings of RW "free trade" think tanks,
to "tea-party" the debate by coordinated action.
*Just like 55 Tufton Street Meetings disclosed by @shahmiruk*
So, it’s not surprising – at all – that this is exactly what happened at 55 Tufton Street.
Not only are these think tanks part of the Atlas network/sister Climate change denial network.
They could also benefit from the expertise of Norquist’s apprentice in the UK:
Vote Leave's CEO Matthew Elliott.
Who knew he started his career in think tanks in the USA, when he met Grover Norquist
(Check the video at 2:45)
But it doesn't necessarily means that Grover Norquist was instrumental in setting up the TPA's, right?
Well, here's Matthew Elliott explaining that he was.
Here are evidence that Norquist stayed in contact with Matthew Elliott afterwards,
and the new co-director of the IEA?
A good illustration on how these different entities truly are one entity with many faces
Such a small world.
So the US and UK sides of the Think Tank Hydra have been linked to the Tea party from the very beginning - Just like the other entities worldwide.
(Trump/Brexit fans) Climate Change Denial/Free market think tanks are linked:
In the name of "Will of the People/Fighting the establishment"
They are all astroturfing (= pretend to be a grassroot movement). And it works:
And it works:
"Those at the grassroots level who support the tea party agenda have been playing the role of
"useful idiots" working on behalf of the corporate, capitalist agenda, as they stand behind
policies serving bourgeois &corporate interests that run counter to their own class interests"
– on the origin of the Tea Party, its ideology, its funders...
– who “coincidentally” happen to be the same funders
Atlas is funded solely by:
"Voluntary gifts from those who cherish the principles of a free society"
(and have a few million to spare).
In other words: "those who cherish the principles of limited governments,
no environment, animal
in the way of making more profits than they could spend in a thousand lives"
practice, that means funding by
In practice, that means funding byconservative foundations,
(themselves funded by conservatives billionaires, for instance Bob/Bekah Mercer or the Koch brothers)
the Carthage/Scaife Foundation,
(right wing/neoliberal) Earhart Foundation, Donors Trust, the Templeton foundation...
like ExxonMobil , Pfizer or Merck.
, Pfizer or Merck.
More details here: powerbase.info/index.php/Atla…
Here you can see Atlas' main supporters until most of them are still supporting it.
(Shall you want to dig deeper into the US side of this entangled web,
take a look at the amazing work done by:
THE KOCH-RED STATE PLANTATION – ALEC, AFP, NRA Affiliated PAC’s, Oil, Coal, Utility, Pharma,
Insurance, Tobacco, Ag, Food and War Profiteer Corp’s, CEO’s and Billionaire’s Deep State
Let's note though that one of these supporters has very tight link with Atlas (also with the Gathering, whose aim is to make the world religious again) :
Its former head and ex-number 2/new both are on the board of the three Templeton foundations (funding Atlas).
(Might help to get funding)
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Atlas is -of course- funding some of its members -aside
from offering meetings and formations.
Please note that now, Atlas is now (much more conveniently) giving (undisclosed) grants to (undisclosed) recipients.
(As in it could have funded the CRC/DUP Brexit ads – not saying it did, just saying if it had there'd be no way to know. It could fund the TPA as well)
And Atlas is not the only one getting money: Its member
thick tanks also get funding individually
Some even have US Friends -entities created to support them.
Who funds Atlas' UK think tanks?
“Funny story”, the Pennsylvanian Templeton Foundation is funded by the offshore Templeton
– and Hard Brexiter Singham.
Such a small world.
Where do think tank staffers meet their funders, politicians and SM executives?
like the Antigua Forum *
But also through the ACRE:
A broad alliance of Conservative partys.
But also through the ACRE: A broad alliance of Conservative partys.
Discussing the future of the
EU with -oh, look at that, Trump's "revolutionised"
Republican party and Koch/Mercer funded Heritage
There are numerous other links, like this one: (For more, check the ACRE page)
UK Hard Brexiter/ Atlas Network (Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute) regular speaker/article drafter Daniel Hannan has been the secretary of the ACRE for quite a while. (You might have heard of the ACRE "thanks" to him and the fact he misused EU funding lately.)
And also a quite direct link to Vladimir
Vladimir Putin who, for the record, was already discussing "A Liberal Agenda for the New Century: A Global Perspective" with one of the Atlas Network/RW think tank hydra arm back in 2005. (So maybe the involvement of Russian trolls/bots was more than a bare coincidence/will to disrupt Western politics.)
"Funny" that there is now a European body that was linked to Putin's party until recently and is currently willing to organise Europe's future with the US most prominent members of the Atlas Network.
Please note that - according to them- the GOP now is the political arm of this network of think tanks.
Oh, and according to other people too.
Gotta wonder how many members of the US side of the Atlas network (and their Russian friends) were part of the "coalition of people working for 20 years" that made Brexit happen according to Matthew Elliott -live from the Atlas Network website.
Please note that the same Matthew
Elliott was advocating the "infiltration" of the government
by think tank alumni - a look at the Free
Entreprise Group (to sum up, how a Tory group in the IEA became the
IEA in government) is a great illustration of how this idea became reality.
Please note that the same Matthew Elliott was advocating the "infiltration" of the government by think tank alumni - a look at the Free Entreprise Group (to sum up, how a Tory group in the IEA became the IEA in government) is a great illustration of how this idea became reality.
Also note: Quite a few members of the coalition Matthew Elliott refers to here are known already.
So, is there any Trump/Brexit fan around who could explain how having the fate of the USA/all countries in Europe decided by unelected entities bankrolled by (undemocratic, polluting and fighting for the "freedom to exploit") billionaires and corporations is an improvement?