Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Cato Hypocrisy

The Cato Hypocrisy

David Brin describes "truly grotesque hypocrisies, putting shame to any pretense that these Cato guys are "libertarians," let along honest intellects."

Added to the Criticisms of the Cato Institute index.

3 comments:

John said...

I don't get it. A website dedicated to criticising libertarianism is chiding CATO for not being libertarian enough?

Mike Huben said...

Libertarianism is frequently a cover for hypocrites who may well be worse.

John said...

Wow. "Libertarianism," such as it is as a pernicious ideological orthodoxy, ALSO serves as useful camouflage for those who seek to influence public policy in those (rare!) ways in which adherence to a more libertarian ethic might actually be preferable.

As dumb and unserious a scorched-earth "critique" THAT might be, "The Cato Hypocricy" (behind the pretentious, really really bad writing) may have a point. Although it is a broader point that confirms the premise that politics is not inherently correlated to corruptability. Well-funded think-tanks and public interest groups of all stripes know where their bread is buttered, and it comes as no surprise that they would negotiate compromises with their ideals when to do otherwise might compromise their power or influence.