John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.
[Editor's note: The John M .Olin Foundation will be closing its doors in November 2005.]
The New York-based John M. Olin Foundation, which grew out of a family manufacturing business (chemical and munitions), funds right-wing think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy Research, and the Hoover Institute of War, Revolution and Peace. It also gives large sums of money to promote conservative programs in the country's most prestigious colleges and universities. After Michael Joyce left to take charge of the Bradley Foundation, William Simon continued as president at Olin...(Editor's note: William Simon passed away in 2000).
[From The Feeding Trough]
..Financed by the Olin chemical and munitions fortune. Assets estimated at about $90 million. Gives about $3 million a year to conservative advocacy groups. Supported right-wing causes for many years, but became more focused in its grantmaking after William Simon took over as president in 1977. Simon was followed by Michael Joyce, who left Olin in 1985 to lead the Bradley Foundation. Simon is now  Olin's president again.
New York Times
The New York Times reports on Conservative Foundation churn: Micheal Joyce is leaving the Bradley Foundation in July 2001, and Richard Larry recently quit as the head of the Sarah Scaife Foundation. The biggest news is that the Olin Foundation plans to "put itself out of business."
Without it, the Federalist Society might not exist, nor its network of 35,000 conservative lawyers. Economic analysis might hold less sway in American courts. The premier idea factories of the right, from the Hoover Institution to the Heritage Foundation, would have lost millions of dollars in core support. And some classics of the conservative canon would have lost their financier, including Allan Bloom's lament of academic decline and Charles Murray's attacks on welfare.
Violence Policy Center
Research conducted by John Lott, a John M. Olin Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, purporting to show that relaxed concealed weapons laws reduce crime has been the subject of severe criticism not just for its methodological shortcomings, but also for its funding source. These questions have focused on the ties to the firearms industry of the funder of Mr. Lott's fellowship, the John M. Olin Foundation.
Fordham University John M. Olin Professor Ernest van den Haag
Compassion, John M. Olin Foundation style
From a pro-death penalty article written by Fordham University John M. Olin Professor Ernest van den Haag
Common sense indicates that it cannot be death-- our common fate-- that is inhuman. Therefore, Justice Brennan must mean that death degrades when it comes not as a natural or accidental event, but as a deliberate social imposition. The murderer learns through his punishment that his fellow men have found him unworthy of living; that because he has murdered, he is being expelled from the community of the living. This degradation is self-inflicted. By murdering, the murderer has so dehumanized himself that he cannot remain among the living. The social recognition of his self-degradation is th the punitive essence of execution. To believe, as Justice Brennan appears to, that the degradation is inflicted by the execution reverses the direction of casuality.
Execution of those who have committed heinous murders may deter only one murder per year. If it does, it seems quite warranted. Its is also the only fitting retribution for murder I can think of.