The Roosevelt Center for American Policy Studies opened its doors in 1982 with seed money from Richard Dennis, Jr., an iconoclastic Chicago commodities trader and Mondale Democrat. The center called itself a “neoliberal” think tank, advocating free markets and a smaller Washington
bureaucracy. But unlike its conservative counterparts, the Roosevelt Center trusted government rather than private enterprise to address the ecological crisis and the increasing income gap between the many poor and the wealthy few.
Last year, the Roosevelt Center closed its doors. It was unable to raise sufficient funds to continue operation. Corporations, a major source of funding for think tanks, refuse to finance any thinking that even hints at policing corporate practices....
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