Washington Libertarian Review

Political commentary from the State of Washington with a libertarian perspective.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Whither CATO?

The venerable libertarian think tank CATO institute is under attack for supporting the IRAQ war, or at least not opposing it, and for cozying up to the Republican neoconservatives.

And it appears there are some disgruntled over what is perceived as a "suck up" mentality at CATO to whichever political philosophy is then in power. When Clinton was in office, for example, CATO tried to sell libertarianism as "low tax liberalism."

No doubt there is a problem of staying relevant as the political winds blow. But it has been shown time and again that there are no favors in politics, except among those within the same political party or philosophy, and CATO would do well to ignore the invitations of the neoconservatives and hold on to its integrity.


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