Monday, March 05, 2012

Libertarian Cato Institute - Swings Far Right

Long time bastion of Libertarian values, the Cato Institute is going through a hostile take over by the Koch brothers.  Using their money and power that have placed two of their operatives on the board, against the will of the organization.  I believe the move will sharply turn this think tank to the right and make it into just another echo chamber for the far-right of the GOP.

More about the developments from Think Progress, including a quote from senior fellow Jerry Taylor at Cato.
"Why are they forcing out Cato board members, all strong, principled libertarians who have been heavily involved with Cato – financially and organizationally – for years? The answer was given in early November of last year when David Koch, Richard Fink (he of many Koch hats), and Kevin Gentry met with Cato board chairman Bob Levy. They told Bob that they intended to use their board majority to remove Ed Crane from Cato and transform our Institute into an intellectual ammo-shop for American for Prosperity and other allied (presumably, Koch-controlled) organizations. That statement of intent is certainly consistent with what we’ve been hearing from both Kevin Gentry and Nancy Pfotenauer. They’ve frequently complained during their short time on our board that Cato wasn’t doing enough to defeat President Obama in November and that we weren’t working closely enough with grass roots activists like those at AFP. "

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