The last 50 years has witnessed a proliferation in the number of so-called think tanks operating in America.
Most people hear or read the word “think tank” and conclude – “hey – that must be a group of really smart people!”
One would hope so – right?
Ideally, a think tank is, in fact, supposed to be a group of experts that study a particular subject and then seek to provide consumers, the news media and government officials with unbiased insights on that topic.
Is that how they work in reality?
In reality – no. A great many think tanks are the creation of special interests seeking to influence public opinion. In many cases, they’re the creation of PR firms seeking to protect or promote a company or industry they serve.
In other words – they are front groups – created to sell products and protect corporate profits.
The past 70 years have witnessed egregious examples of corporations and industries creating “think tanks” with lofty names organized solely to protect the profitability of dangerous products.
What’s this got to do with trial lawyers? Just wait – you’ll see…