Strange Things At The CATO Institute

Andrew Sullivan —  Mar 5 2012 @ 11:43am

Who knows what's going on? What seems quite remarkable to me is that the Koch brothers have nominated to the board two strident anti-libertarians:

John Hinderaker of the Powerline blog, whose firm counts Koch Industries as a client. Hinderaker has written, “It must be very strange to be President Bush.  A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice.  He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile.”  Hinderaker supports the Patriot Act and the Iraq War and calls himself a neocon.

Tony Woodlief, who has been president of two Koch-created nonprofits and vice president of the Charles Koch Foundation. Woodlief has blogged about “the rotten heart of libertarianism,” calling it “a flawed and failed religion posing as a philosophy of governance” while complaining about libertarians “toking up” at political meetings.

A libertarian institute? With a neocon and a culture-warrior on its board? Not encouraging for anyone on the right trying to resist the allure of war and politicized religion and their fusion at home and abroad. More worries about intellectual integrity here.