… are in a fight for control of the 35-year-old libertarian think-tank.
Internal battles over the composition of the organization’s officials
and board members have spilled over into public litigation in Kansas
over control. I have found myself admiring of the intellectual level of
Cato scholarship, even when opposed to its provocative conclusions, as
is often the case. But having read the public exchange between Cato
Chairman Robert A. Levy and Charles Koch, this non-libertarian casts his
vote for the Levy position.
If the public thought that the Koch brothers, notoriously politically partisan, controlled Cato, the institution would lose its intellectual credibility, as Levy fears. First Amendment devotees may deplore any or all of Cato’s policies, but not its right to advocate them, free from the influence of people or organizations that in fact or perception destroy its autonomy and independence.