Related to the ongoing John Allison-Ayn Rand Institute-Cato Institute controversy, my source close to ARI writes:
If you want to scare your old coworkers at Cato, refer them to a big dust-up from two years ago involving John McCaskey. He is an entrepreneur-turned-academic who created the Anthem Foundation, a very successful ARI-associated program that basically buys university positions for Objectivist scholars. As an academic, he raised some very persuasive factual objections to a new theory of induction that Leonard Peikoff has developed. So Peikoff threw a fit and had him kicked off the board of ARI and Anthem. It was exactly what the folks at Cato are afraid will happen to them.
John Allison and Yaron Brook were centrally involved in the McCaskey debacle, and they acted like politicians. [Read more...]