Well look who showed up at Cato:
On the afternoon of July 3, in San Diego, the annual Objectivist Conference came to order. Followers of Ayn Rand paid up to $735 for the whole shebang. No media joined them. So, when the panel on the libertarian Cato Institute’s future began, people felt safe to talk straight.
John Allison took the stage, joined by Ayn Rand Institute President Yaron Brook. It had been only a few days since Cato ended a months-long conflict between Cato’s current management and the increasingly active mega-donors Charles and David Koch. The deal ousted Ed Crane, Cato’s president since its founding, in favor of Allison, the affable former CEO of BB&T. The détente, according to Cato brass, was partially engineered by Allison himself.