Investing in Ideas by Chip Berlet. Written in 2005, the post by an independent progressive researcher remains pertinent. Conservatives have a ladder of institutions through which a like-minded intellect can rise to become a Senior Fellow of The Wealth Bondage Institute for Humanity and Obdience. Who funds the indendent minds who research the abuses of concentrated power? I am not talking about funding thinkers who will propagandize for Party B. I am asking whether anyone funds free-range researchers who go where the evidence and logic leads, even at some risk to themselves? Whether such evidence-driven researchers start from the right or the left, they may sniff out abuses that are actually there, stinking to high heaven, ignored by the press.