Today, Ed Crane fired back at the Kochs in a "Save Cato" statement. In the statement, he lists a number of web sites reporting on the power opera, but no mention of lewrockwell.com.
LRC has reported left, right and center takes on the battle. Most important, LRC has presented the backstory on Cato and the original illegal purge of Murray Rothbard. Why doesn't Crane mention LRC?
Since the Rothbard purge was because of Murray's principled stand for independence, integrity, nonpartisanship, and commitment to libertarian principles (See David Gordon and Murray himself), is Crane having a little trouble pointing to the full story, since Crane led the purge of Murray?
In his statement, Crane says his battle against the Kochs is based on " independence, integrity, nonpartisanship, and commitment to libertarian principles." This is the basis on which Rothbard objected to his purge from Cato.
And get a load of this from Crane:
The Kochs' goal is not to improve the stature nor effectiveness of the organization, but rather, to turn a venerable, independent and effective nonpartisan institution into yet another political arm of their vast empire.This is exactly what Murray argued Crane was doing to Cato, when he was purged. He wrote a letter to Crane that in part said:
....my criticisms of yourself had nothing to do with the Cato Institute, but were solely directed toward your activities in the Libertarian Party, a period when you were on leave from the Cato Institute. I have spent a long time trying to disassociate the Cato Institute from the Libertarian Party... And yet you dare to judge my competence as a Cato board member solely on the basis of a strictly partisan political dispute between us! Since you are now supposedly out of politics, I would expect that the entire question had become moot. The critics of the Cato Institute have been saying for a long time that we are merely a front for the Libertarian Party. Are you proposing to prove them right?Murray wrote in his report on the purge:
Crane & Co. must be made to understand that the libertarian movement is after all an ideological movement. And so there must be at least some libertarians who hold their ideology dear, who will not be bought, who will not bend the knee to a new set of Masters even if they don't yet call themselves the State. If there is any justice left on this earth, the libertarian movement cannot and will not be run like a giant corporation. We will brook no "chain of command" that rides roughshod over rights and even over human decency. The movement is too big for any set of power-hungry villains to control... For while Cato has done many good things, the reality of the Cato Institute was unfortunately all too different. And much of that difference can be laid squarely at the door of its President, Ed Crane.So now, Crane proposes to tell us that the battle for control of Cato is about principle? Puhleeze. This is a power battle. The Kochs and Crane will say or do anything to gain control. If it would help Crane gain control of Cato by posing as a transvestite from India, you would see him in the morning with a dress on and a dot on his forehead.