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Who Is John...Allison? A Randian, Libertarian Business Icon Takes Over the Cato Institute

Sandy235 Wrote: Jul 05, 2012 12:09 PM
The battle between the warriors and pacifists has raged in the libertarian movement always. In the founding days of the Libertarian party, anti war sentiment was higher than most other times. The larger part of the libertarian anti war movement was primarily anti draft, with the telling motto "slaves cannot be effective fighters for liberty". There was, however a group that was against even self defense. At no time has the libertarian movement been either Republican or Democrat. There has always been talk about the fact that on the social side of libertarianism, many Democrats could agree. It was hoped that this agreement would pull some Democrats to the libertarian ideas if not the Libertarian party.
Sandy235 Wrote: Jul 05, 2012 12:13 PM
It was a given that the conservative side of the Republicans would be attracted to the libertarian views of economics. (The conservative side of Republicans is relatively recent, about the early 60's.)

Cato is pure libertarian in nature, and will now remain so.

“Who is John Galt?” This tantalizing question opens Atlas Shrugged, one of the most popular, if least critically acclaimed, novels of all time. A new chapter of an epic story worthy of the pen of Ayn Rand is scheduled to open next October. It centers around John Allison IV. Who is John Allison?

John Allison is taking over the helm of the Cato Institute. And for devotees of human dignity and liberty this is good news indeed. The stated mission of the Cato Institute is “to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets,...