Think Tank Watch pulled some of their favorite quotes from the interview. Below are some of my favorite of their favorites.
Arthur Brooks: “Think tanks are an industry that grew out of academia and academia is the dowdiest possible way of making a living.”
Arthur Brooks: “We don’t have any corporate positions at AEI…in fact, we bring in people who don’t share our mission precisely to ‘murder board’ our ideas.”
Arthur Brooks: “Half of economists [at AEI] think a carbon tax is good and half think it is bad…you should hear them yelling in the hall.”
Arthur Brooks: “We do 350 events per year [at AEI.] We invite people who disagree with our view. We regularly have people from the Center for American Progress (CAP) and give them the podium.”
Ezra Klein: “And you [AEI] are known for having the best food.”
Arthur Brooks: “You often hear ‘center-right AEI’ but there is no qualifier for liberal think tanks like Brookings. And there is a tendency [by the media] to stick a finger in stuff by the center-right.”
Ezra Klein: “Arthur Brooks is a snappy dresser and his think tank really matters…he is now wearing a huge, cool silver watch and big, colorful cuff links. You are, I think it is fair to say, the nattiest of the think tank executives I know.”
The entire podcast is really worth a listen.