So Much for the Koch Brothers Controlling the Antiplanner

Apparently, the Kochs and Cato have been feuding since 1991. I have no idea what this is all about, but at least no one can say that I am in the pay of the Koch family and somehow doing their bidding.


14 thoughts on “So Much for the Koch Brothers Controlling the Antiplanner

  1. C. P. Zilliacus

    This one from the Washington Post should work:

    In suit, Koch brothers seek bigger control over D.C. think tank

    The billionaire Koch brothers, whose outsized political spending has become an issue in the 2012 elections, are attempting to take control of a prominent Washington think tank in a move that would expand their influence in conservative politics, according to court records and interviews.

    Charles and David Koch, owners of a Wichita-based conglomerate that ranks as one of the largest private corporations in the world, filed a lawsuit this week in Kansas seeking an option to increase their 50 percent control of the Cato Institute.

  2. Dan

    Nice try. They started Cato and are on the board now and merely want controlling shares, not to suddenly show up on the scene. Not sure why you want to spin this in this manner, as it is transparently transparent. Unless you want to come out against KXL and give us learned ‘economic’ analysis of how KXL won’t benefit US economy…


    The Antiplanner Reply:

    Another view from a fellow Cato fellow.

  3. Scott

    Oh yeah, funding has everything to do with elections.
    You know how how voters are given dollars to vote?- well that doesn’t happen. Does it?
    What does money pay for? — Ads, websites, etc. How does a candidate become known?

    Obama’s campaign spent $1 billion for his 2008 election. So what?
    He got more White vote than previous Dem candidates, roughly 47%, compared to 42% in previous elections.
    Does that mean the Ws are racist? Hell no! It signifies the aversion to big-gov control.

    There are many Blacks, Indians, Hispanics & other that many Ws on the right appreciate the value & thinking of.

    My favorite living economists are Thomas Sowell & Walter Williams (both Black). Some economists that I abhor are Paul Krugman & Robert Reich (both W).

    Oh, the topic — Koch funding & Cato — whatever. The slimestream media does demonize them. And there’s not much concern in research — as at Heartland, which the documents fabricated & the actual ones are really nothing.

  4. Sandy Teal

    As Paul Newman said (stylized) to Robert Redford in The Sting, “If they ain’t attacking you personally on the internet, rather than attacking your policy points, then you haven’t gotten under their skin”.

  5. Frank

    Cato. Koch. Who cares? Are you not paying attention to the Austrian School? They’re rising. I was at Ron Paul’s post caucus speech downtown today. Listen for me to shout “the media” just after 11:00. This was Ron Paul’s best speech of the campaign so far. The energy was palpable. The revolution is coming. All the talk about trains and roads will seem silly. Cato? What’s that? What’s their stance on sound money? Right.

  6. Dan

    the Austrian School? They’re rising.

    They still won’t rise higher to anything but a small minority, given recent reality. I do hope there is some sort of revolution coming, though. This can’t go on.


    Scott Reply:

    Reality, especially recent, proves the Austrian School, & many of those economists were warning of a housing bubble. The main slimestream economists poo-poohed the idea.

    The simplest reason for the recession is a misallocation of resources, which was gov induced.

    Banks used to require 20% down & proof on ability to pay, but the gov changed that, lowering lending standards. ACORN was instrumental in that.

    the highwayman Reply:

    Though you profit from that crap too!

  7. C. P. Zilliacus

    More from the Post:

    Battle for control of Cato Institute highlights unusual structure

    The battle for control over a prominent libertarian organization in Washington has cast a spotlight on its highly unusual structure, which allows the nonprofit research institution to be controlled by shareholders.

    The Cato Institute, one of the largest think tanks in Washington, is governed by four people, each with a 25 percent stake in the organization. That stake can be bought and sold for cash under an arrangement, only legal in a handful of states, that is frowned upon by the Internal Revenue Service.

  8. C. P. Zilliacus

    Even more from the Washington Post, this time an Ezra Klein op-ed (and on the whole, speaks favorably about Cato and not so favorably about the Kochs):

    Why would Koch brothers want to refine Cato Institute?

    [Emphasis added to quotes below]

    It seems that the effort by billionaires Charles and David Koch to take control of the libertarian Cato Institute is going poorly. “We are not acting in a partisan manner, we seek no ‘takeover’ and this is not a hostile action,” Charles Koch told Bloomberg News. When you are denying partisanship, takeover ambitions and hostile intentions in one sentence, you probably need to rethink your PR strategy.

    I am not exactly a libertarian. I’m a technocrat. I believe in the government’s ability, and occasionally its responsibility, to help solve problems that the market can’t or won’t resolve on its own. I find much of Cato’s hard-line libertarianism — to the point of purging Will Wilkinson and Brink Lindsey, libertarians who explored making common cause with liberals on select issues — naive, callous and occasionally absurd. And yet, it’s among a handful of think tanks whose work I regularly read and trust.

  9. Scott

    So, if certain people think that same…
    And that’s even ignoring the fact of their thoughts about Constitutional principles?

    It’s time you statists give up & move to your desired country.
    Where does your system work?
    NK or Vietnam?
    Switzerland or Sweden? Well, they have quasi-capitalism, w/ a much higher tax%, but…
    Sure, transit there. Want that in 3 mill sq.mi.? move to NYC.

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