Marketplace of Ideas: Mainstream vs. Extreme

Being that I visited the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, last week, for the first time, I am intrigued to learn that the title of Glenn Beck's new novel - The Overton Window - originated with the MCPP.

Read here.

Here's the statement from the Mackinac Center:

Q: What is the connection between the Mackinac Center and Glenn Beck's new book, "The Overton Window"?

A: The book is based on Beck’s adaptation of the Overton Window concept developed by the Mackinac Center, a Michigan think tank. A character in the book reveals the origin of the concept to be a think tank in the Midwest. The Mackinac Center was not involved in the creation of the book. Beck's "The Overton Window" is a work of fiction scheduled for release on June 15, 2010. Beck has discussed the Overton Window concept on his television show, however, just as others have discussed the idea. It is a testament to the vitality of Overton's ideas that years after Overton's passing, a nationally syndicated talk show host would find the Overton Window compelling and want to share the idea with an audience of millions.

In the photo: The late Joseph Overton

The YouTube for the book is weird. Take a look and a listen:

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