One of the benefits of working for conservative think tanks like AEI is that one never has to submit one’s work to peer review. The normal academic gatekeeping processes don’t apply to people like Dinesh D’Souza. This is not to say that all think tank scholars are crackpots like D’Souza. See, for example, Charles Murray: though controversial, he is taken seriously by the academy; unlike D’Souza, he is worthy of debunking. But it is worth remembering that the goal of research sponsored by AEI, Hoover/Heritage, Cato, Olin, etc. is not to advance knowledge writ large but rather to advance a specific policy agenda.