Cato was controlled by four men, all of them politically libertarian: The two Koch brothers, Edward Crane, long serving President, and William Niskan.
Crane and Niskan have taken an alarmingly large amount of money out of the Cato institute in the form of generous salaries and benefits, the Koch brothers have substantially funded it. They have not been happy with this arrangement. Niskan died, with the result that balance of power is now with his non political widow. Now the Koch brothers are suing his widow – they want to control what they paid for. How horribly greedy of them.
Counterpunch claims to be an anti state left blog. It continually attacks the Obama regime for capitalism, colonialism, imperialism, and making war on Islam, which might seem a refreshing contrast with most of the left that only objects when Republicans make war, but on every issue where they “attack” the state, they attack it for not exercising sufficient power, not hiring enough people for privileged government employment, and not confiscating sufficient wealth.
On the question of freedom of internet speech Counterpunch’s position is “we must balance the constitution with child safety”. “We” presumably being the state. They speak as if they are the state, as, of course, they are.
They are fanning the flames of hysteria on Fukushima, citing every absurd over reaction as evidence that even more extreme overreactions are needed. Supposedly the government is not evcuating a twenty kilometer zone contaminated with trivial and inconsequential levels of radioactivity in order to fan the flames of nuke hysteria. Supposedly it is evacuating because of end of the world radioactive levels.
Once again I remind you that Chernobyl spewed vastly more radioactivity than Fukushima, yet the cluster of cancers associated with Chernobyl killed six people, possibly as many as fifteen, (not counting the firefighters who were trying to put it out and workers in the plant itself when it blew up, just counting people in the towns around Chernobyl, just counting people who were not actually inside the fence or on the fence at any time). That is six. Not six hundred million, no sixty million, not six million, not six hundred thousand. Six, moral being that it is quite dangerous to be inside a nuclear facility when you can see flames coming out of the roof, but otherwise, not all that dangerous.
If radioactivity is horribly horribly horribly evil, then we need lots and lots of good government regulators regulating energy in general and nuclear power in particular – indeed the government needs to have its hands tight around the throat of technological civilization, since we cannot have abundant energy.
Nuclear hysteria justifies the government reining in technological civilization by limiting access to energy. Warmism serves the same agenda.
When a supposedly right wing blog favorably cites Counterpunch, it favorably cites the state.
When we look at the enemies of the Koch brothers, their enemies are our our enemies.