posted on Aug, 8 2013 @ 02:04 PM
It can pretend, just like it pretends to "deny ignorance." And it could probably work in terms of crowd sourcing, where intelligence and consensus
aren't really necessary. One huge problem here is that ATS members have drunk the liberal Kool Aid and believe "equality of opportunity" equals
"equality of achievement." This is such a huge belief that if someone ostensibly has achieved more, it must be because they cheated. It could not
possibly be because they are smarter or made smart choices allowing them advantages.
In a Think Tank, the members are in some way vetted. They have to pass some sort of hurdle that proves they have at least studied the issues
sufficiently well to express them in a coherent matter. It's usually an academic hurdle, something they earned elsewhere. The products of a Think
Tank are normally documents which reflect the consensus of the Think Tank itself. Though there may be internal differences of opinion, the members of
a Think Tank basically support the conclusions the Think Tank offers.
Naturally, Think Tanks cross political boundaries. You have conservative Think Tanks and liberal ones, perhaps even reaching opposite conclusions
because their assumptions are so different. And certainly they have agendas. But the basic process of vetting, compiling and processing, and
presenting information is the same. Also, those who actually have positions in a Think Tank have the luxury of being paid to work full-time in
researching their issues.
ATS, of course, has none of that. Anyone can play and no one even knows who you are. Opinion is presented as fact. Evidence meets no verification
tests. It's a maelstrom of activity, of course, but people who feel they are getting the "real!" news here that is sequestered elsewhere are
delusional. This is NOT the place to come for truth. ATS does not have the reputation nor the stature to offer a worthwhile contribution to the
world's issues. ATS may think it's pretty special in its own mind, but to the rest of the world it is a "cranky conspiracy site."
No one else takes it seriously.