Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Libertarian Icon Ron Paul Launches New Think Tank

Former Members of Congress have been launching new think tanks left and right.  The latest to do so is former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), the libertarian icon who today is announcing the launch of his new think tank, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.  Dr. Paul is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the new think tank.

Here is more about today's launch, which will take place at the Capitol Hill Club:
Founder and Chairman, and CEO Dr. Paul has invited the Institute’s board of advisors to speak at the conference, including Rep. Walter Jones, Jr. (NC), Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (TN), former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (OH), Judge Andrew Napolitano, Ambassador Faith Whittlesey, and Llewellyn Rockwell, Jr.
Llewellyn Rockwell is the Founder and Chairman of the libertarian think tank Ludwig von Mises Institute (LvMI), located in Auburn, Alabama.  Rockwell served as Ron Paul's Chief of Staff from 1978 to 1982.

Here is a media advisory from Paul's Facebook page, which starts off by saying that the "neoconservative era is dead."  It adds that the Institute will focus on two issues most important to Dr. Paul, "education and coming generations."  The advisory says that the Institute will fill the growing demand for information on foreign affairs from a non-interventionist perspective.

Here is a previous Think Tank Watch post on the explosion of libertarian think tanks.

As Think Tank Watch recently reported, former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) just launched a new think tank in Washington, DC called the The Lugar Center (TLC).

The Heritage Foundation's new president, former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), recently formed a new conservative think tank in South Carolina called the Palmetto Policy Forum.

Last year, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) founded a foreign policy think tank called The McCain Institute for International Leadership.

Here is a previous Think Tank Watch post which lists various former and current Members of Congress who are affiliated with think tanks.

Is the think tank scene becoming too saturated?  According to research by the University of Pennsylvania, between 2001-2007, there were an average of 69.4 think tank established per year.  There are 6,603 think tanks in the world, including 1,919 in North America.  The United States has 1,823 think tanks.  Of the 1,823 US think tanks, 394 are located in Washington, DC.