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Monday, March 30, 2015

Peter Goettler is the new head of Cato

Peter Goettler is the new head of Cato

Here is part of an email from an email from Cato:
The Cato Institute welcomes Peter Goettler, a former managing director at Barclays Capital, as its new President and CEO, effective April 1. Current CEO John Allison is retiring after more than two exemplary years on the job.
Goettler retired in 2008 as a managing director and head of Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets, Americas, at Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank, PLC. He also served as chief executive officer for the firm’s businesses in Latin America and head of Global Loans and Global Leveraged Finance. He has been a member of the Cato Institute’s board since last year and a supporter of the Institute for 15 years.

After resigning from Barclays, Goettler was elected chairman of the board for the New York City – Southern New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for a two year term in 2013. Peter has been a member of the board since 2008 and chaired numerous committees including the Governance and Development Committees.

“Peter brings boundless drive and enthusiasm and I look forward to our partnership in moving the chapter forward to empower people living with MS and improving their lives,” says Robin Einbinder, chapter president.

Peter’s involvement with the chapter dates back to mid-1990s. Over the years he became more involved through his participation in the fundraising event, Bike MS NYC. He is a member of the Bike MS NYC team, Barclay’s Chain Gang, which has helped raise more than $1million for the event, the largest one-day fundraising bike ride in New York City. The funds that Peter helped raise support the comprehensive programs and services the chapter provides to more than 10,000 people in the area affected by MS. Funds also support the National MS Society’s critical research initiatives, an area that Peter has a keen interest in as his wife is living with MS.

“I am honored to continue to dedicate my energy and resources to the chapter in my new role. I am committed to the mission of creating a world free of multiple sclerosis and look forward to engaging with our constituents on an even deeper level,” says Peter.
He resides in New Canaan, CT. 

The Ferguson Kleptocracy

The Ferguson Kleptocracy

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Libertarian women's history month: Cathy Young

Cathy Young (February 10, 1963- ) is an American journalist who was born in Russia. Young is known for her writing on the topics of rape and feminism. She has written articles critical of campus anti-rape activism.  Young is the author of two books, a frequent contributor to the libertarian monthly reason, and a regular columnist for and Time.
Born in Moscow, the capital of what was then the Soviet Union, Ekaterina Jung was 17 when her family emigrated to the United States in 1980. She became a naturalized citizen in 1987 as Catherine Alicia Young and graduated from Rutgers University in 1988. At Rutgers she wrote a column for The Daily Targum student newspaper and worked as a student writer for The Detroit News. She also completed her autobiography, Growing Up in Moscow: Memories of a Soviet Girlhood, published in 1989.
Continuing her association with The Detroit News, Young was a regular columnist for the newspaper from 1993 to 2000 and worked as a freelance journalist for a variety of publications including The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Philadelphia InquirerNewsdayThe New RepublicThe Wall Street JournalThe American SpectatorNational ReviewSalon.comThe Weekly Standard, and Reason.
From 2000 to 2007, Young wrote a weekly op-ed column for The Boston Globe. In 2008, she began to write a regular column for In 2012, she became a weekly columnist for Newsday. Over the years, Young has had a close association with Reason, where she is a contributing editor and was a monthly columnist from 2001 to 2007. Since 2014, she has regularly contributed to Time.
Young is a research associate at the Washington, D.C.-based libertarian think tank Cato Institute, for which she co-authored a 1996 policy analysis paper, "Feminist Jurisprudence: Equal Rights or Neo-Paternalism?". Her writing covers a variety of topics in politics and culture, with particular focus on gender issues and feminism, reflecting an individualist feminist perspective (c.f. Wendy McElroy), frequently agreeing with men's rights activists, while calling them to task for emulating the identity politics associated with some forms of feminism. In addition to appearing on a number of radio and television shows, she has spoken on college campuses and, during 2001 and 2002, taught a 3-week gender issues course at Colorado College.
In her second book, Ceasefire!: Why Women and Men Must Join Forces to Achieve True Equality, published in 1999, Young criticized both feminism andtraditionalism from what she described as a "pro-equality point of view", a philosophy which she says may be called "feminism or something else". Young has been described by Steven Pinker as an "equity feminist" or alternately by New York Magazine as a "contrarian feminist".
The Washington Post reported that Young has written numerous articles critical of campus anti-rape advocacy. Salon described Young as "having a history of writing to discredit [rape] victims” and as a "thorn in the side of the anti-rape movement". Emma Sulkowicz, creator of Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight), described Young as an "anti-feminist" saying Young published Facebook conversations between her and her alleged rapist to “shame” her. Heather Wilhelm wrote in RealClearPolitics that Young's article about Sulkowicz "sets aside the hype and soberly assesses the facts." Commentary magazine stated that Young re-investigates "atrocious coverage of campus sexual assault myths" in the "hopes of setting the record straight and minimizing some of the incredible damage the accusations have done". Steven Pinker described Young in his book The Blank Slate as an "iconoclastic columnist" who has argued against rape-related "dogma", while Amanda Marcotte, writing for The Raw Story called Young a “professional female misogynist". This criticism was in response to Young's opposition to legislation proposed by Senator Kevin De Leon to address the issue of campus sexual assault by establishing an “affirmative consent” standard, also known as "yes means yes".

Describing the Gamergate controversy in relation to feminism, Young has stated that she believes Gamergate is “a backlash against feminism, but it's a backlash against a particular kind of feminism, one that has a tendency to look obsessively for offences, read ideology into everything, and demonize male sexuality under the pretext of stamping out ‘the objectification of women'.”
Young has defended the social media campaign Women Against Feminism

The Closing of the Campus Mind

The Closing of the Campus Mind | The Weekly Standard

Articles: How to Win a Cold War

Articles: How to Win a Cold War

Libertarian women's history month: (Lisa) Kennedy (Montgomery)

Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (September 8, 1972 - ) is an American political satirist, radio personality, former MTV VJ, and current host of Kennedy on the Fox Business Network. She was the host of MTV's now-defunct daily late-night alternative rock program Alternative Nation throughout much of the 1990s.
Montgomery was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon, an affluent suburb outside of Portland. Montgomery graduated from Lakeridge High School in 1990. She returned to school as a working adult and completed a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from UCLA.
Montgomery first came into the public eye in 1991 as an intern at Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM, where she was known on the air as "The Virgin Kennedy." A year later she took the "VJ" job at MTV, where she spent several years.
As "Kennedy", Montgomery ushered in a new musical era for MTV as the host of Alternative Nation from 1992-1997, helping popularize bands like Nirvana,Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.
Montgomery appeared as a panelist on the 1998 revival of Hollywood Squares.
In 1999, Montgomery completed her first book, Hey Ladies! Tales and Tips for Curious Girls, in which she incorporated a multitude of personal experiences. That same year, she moved to Seattle to host a talk show on KQBZ "The Buzz" 100.7 FM talk station (now country station KKWF "The Wolf"). The show was a mix of news, local issues, and comedy. Montgomery then left Seattle in 2001 to co-host a morning radio show with Ahmet Zappa on the ComedyWorld Radio Network. The show was entitled The Future With Ahmet & Kennedy, and like her show in Seattle, consisted of news and current events with a comedy bent. She later co-hosted the morning show with Malibu Dan entitled The Big House, her final show on the network before the network went off the air.
Starting June 3, 2002, Montgomery hosted Game Show Network's original program Friend or Foe?, which ran for two seasons. On April 1, 2003, she guest-hosted the GSN show WinTuition, normally hosted by Marc Summers, who made a "guest" appearance. She also hosted GSN's Who Wants to Be Governor of California?, a televised debate among some of the more colorful candidates in the 2003 California gubernatorial recall election, such as Gary Coleman and Mary Carey.
As of September 23, 2005, Montgomery appeared as an occasional panelist on VH1's Best Week Ever and MSNBC's Scarborough Country. MSNBC endedScarborough Country in June 2007. In October 2005, she became host of Fox Reality's Reality Remix until that series ended in June 2008.
In December 2007, she guest-hosted the evening show several times on Los Angeles talk radio station KFI, before being hired by the station for a regular show on Sunday afternoons from 3-5 pm. In April 2008 she joined Bryan Suits as cohost of the Kennedy & Suits Show, which ran from 7 pm-10 pm weekday evenings.
Kennedy's final broadcast on Kennedy & Suits was September 30, 2009. She hosted Music in the Mornings (6 am to 10 am) on KYSR 98.7 FM in Los Angeles from 2009 until March 2014.
On January 18, 2011, she started appearing as Anthony Sullivan's assistant on PitchMen, looking for new inventions to promote in infomercials.
Kennedy is a contributor to and, and occasionally serves as guest host for Bill Carroll, John and Ken, and Tim Conway Jr. on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles. She was a "special correspondent" on the Fox Business News talk show Stossel, and has made occasional appearances as a panelist on Fox shows including Red Eye and Outnumbered.
She hosted The Independents, a current events and political discussion show, from its debut on the Fox Business Channel on December 9, 2013. The show was cancelled in January of 2015 but she continued as host of her own show, Kennedy.
Montgomery is an Eastern Orthodox Christian, married to former professional snowboarder Dave Lee with whom she has two daughters, Pele and Lotus. The family lives in the posh Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, but Kennedy rents  a pied à terre on the Upper West Side and logs 5,000 miles a week in the air, taking a redeye every Sunday night to New York and returning to the West Coast on Wednesday afternoons. Meanwhile, she is continuing to host a three-hour morning drive-time music show on Los Angeles radio. It is, needless to say, a killing schedule. “I want my girls to see that if something is really important to you," she says, "you have to move hell and high water to make it work.”
In March 2012, reason magazine published an article by Kennedy claiming that atheism is an organized religion.
In September 2012, during an appearance on Red Eye, Montgomery said that she had been diagnosed with celiac diseaseleading her to change to a more meat-based diet.
Montgomery is a libertarian and a registered Republican, describing herself as a "Republitarian". She even has a pink Republican elephant tattooed on her upper left thigh. She actively supported Gary Johnson's 2012 presidential campaign.  Before she started hosting shows full time on the Fox Business Network she was a frequent speaker at libertarian conferences like those of Students for Liberty.
She is a supporter of same-sex marriagepro-choiceprivatizing social security, opposes the War on Drugs, and opposes bureaucratic regulations.
When Montgomery joined MTV in 1992, she said “I didn’t dare out myself as a conservative” in her early months at MTV. At MTV’s 1993 Rock ’n’ Roll Inaugural Ball for Bill Clinton, she chanted, "Nixon now! Nixon now!”, whenever the Clintons went on stage. Along with being a fan of Richard Nixon, she supported Dan Quayle and Bob Dole. She was also a speaker at the 1996 Republican National Convention.

She later abandoned conservatism. Montgomery said that "Social conservatism was really bringing me down, and I realized, as time went on, that I wasn't a Bush conservative. I was really a libertarian." She says she was first introduced to libertarianism when Kurt Loder suggested she read Ayn Rand's Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, though that sounds so improbable it is more likely a joke and it was more likely from reading Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged.  Kennedy hopes to wrangle some rocker-pals as guests:  “There’s a strong connection between music and politics, and a strong spirit of independent thinking that political musicians share,” she says. “And it’s funny because they tend to be libertarians. Frank Zappa”—whose children Kennedy remains friendly with—“died 20 years ago today [December 4]. He was a libertarian, and he was smart and tough to debate—and we don’t have a lot of people like that.”

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Libertarian women's history month: Lynn Kinsky

Lynn Kinsky (May 22, 194? - ) grew up in Hialeah, Florida, graduating from Hialeah High School in 1962, and going to college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  With her then husband engineer Robert Poole and attorney Manual Klausner and philosophy professor Tibor Machan, she took over reason magazine from its creator, the late Lanny Friedlander, and helped expand it into what it has become today.  Kinsky wrote for reason in the 1970s, as well as for the Association of Libertarian Feminists.  I remember reading Kinsky's feminist, sex positive, pro-gay editorials when I was in high school, seeing her smiling face in photos, bespectacled with a mass of blond ringlets that were almost an Afro, and simply thinking she was cool.  (Unfortunately I haven't found any of her 70s photos on line.)

In an interview on the early years of the magazine, Kinsky said getting reason out on time placed stress on her marriage: "reason took up all of my free time. Bob was more efficient at working than I was. I got writer’s block. I wound up doing all the copy editing. At that time every Randroid and libertarian wannabe sent in their philosophical treatises, and my job was to make it readable. I’d come home from work—I was also going to grad school—and start copyediting. For four or five years I didn’t see any TV, didn’t have any life other than reason.

"When putting an issue to bed, we all got together, Tibor, me, Bob, Tibor’s wife at that time, Marilynn Walther, had a big social work session. Several times [academic philosopher and first Libertarian presidential candidate] John Hospers, who lived nearby, would bring us a big pot of borscht. Libertarians would show up from the community in Southern California.

"And we would meet our deadlines. That set us apart from the run-of-the-mill libertarian magazine. That was courtesy of Bob. It was stressful to our marriage, but it did get the magazine out on time."

In an article "Defending Tolerance," in the September 1975 issue of reason, Kinsky was an early advocate of marriage equality:

"...libertarians should try to develop a sympathetic comprehension of what being a homosexual in this society involves, and the sort of legal discrimination a homosexual encounters. For instance, a lesbian can be virtually assured of losing her children if their custody ever gets called into question (as in a divorce case)-her sexual orientation is considered by most courts to be prima facie evidence of her unfitness to be a mother. The marriage laws are obviously discriminatory and thereby deny to homosexual couples legal benefits granted to heterosexual marrieds-lower tax rates, immunity from being forced to testify against a spouse, etc. Probably the most blatantly homophobic institution in our society is the military and security establishment. The armed forces' refusal to allow homosexuals to join or to stay in the military reaches beyond the issue of whether homosexuals should have a chance to receive the training, pensions, and other benefits their tax dollars are paying for-veteran status and an honorable discharge affect a man's chances of getting a job, being admitted to a school, receiving preferential insurance rates, etc. (Note that I am not talking about a private business discriminating against homosexuals-libertarians certainly recognize the right to discriminate so long as no force is involved. I am talking about private business using a government certification and the government's using some nonrelevant criterion in awarding it.) An inability to get a security clearance (even where they don't present a security risk) can cut a homosexual off from employment in any company holding government contracts and in fact can close whole industries to homosexuals."

In recent years Kinsky has become an equestrienne, riding in more than 2,000 competitive trail miles in 60 North American Trail Ride Conference events, all on Peruvian Pasos. More than 1,710 of those miles were logged aboard her black gelding, El Sinchi Roca (Sinchi). Today, she owns a dozen of the smooth- moving equines.  "I enjoy NATRC so much, because you get to ride beautiful wilderness trails, many not normally open to the public," she says. "And at the same time, riders learn valuable lessons in horsemanship, how to take care of their horses over challenging trails, and how to lessen wear and tear on their horses."

In early 2015 Kinsky suffered a stroke and is in recovery.

Falling asleep in front of the TV