Monday, December 22, 2014

Vaclav Klaus ousted from Cato Institute

Daily Beast: Klaus ousted from Libertarian group - PRAGUE POST | The Voice of Prague:

December 22, 2014 - "Former Czech President Václav Klaus, an extreme free-market advocate and global warming denier, has not been associated with the Washington, D.C.–based think tank Cato Institute since September, according to news site the Daily Beast.

"After his presidency ended in 2013, Klaus was named a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute.

"The page on the Cato website with Klaus’ bio now refers to him as a 'former distinguished senior fellow,' with no further explanation.... His publications are still listed and his bio includes his academic work and political career up to the end of his presidency in 2013, but there is no mention of anything after that....

"The Daily Beast says causes for the rift included his 'slavish defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine' and his move toward the far right.

"Personal freedom is a key issue for Libertarians, and Klaus’ open hostility to the LGBT community also rubbed people in Libertarian circles the wrong way.

"A spokesman for Klaus did not deny the axing, but put the blame for the situation on a former Putin adviser who is now a harsh Putin critic, current Cato senior fellow Andrei Illarionov, the Daily Beast stated."

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