Save Us From the Grasping Capitalists!

I have to admit a certain amount of schadenfreude at the protestations of the libertarian free marketeers of the Cato Institute bleating about the visible hands of the conservative Koch brothers attempting to make the outfit a more blatantly partisan political operation by packing the board of directors.

Cato president Ed Crane said in a statement:

Mr. Koch’s actions in Kansas court yesterday represent an effort by him to transform Cato from an independent, nonpartisan research organization into a political entity that might better support his partisan agenda. We view Mr. Koch’s actions as an attempt at a hostile takeover, and intend to fight it vehemently in order to continue as an independent research organization, advocating for Individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace.