Co-founder and former President of the Cato Institute

Edward Harrison Crane (born 15 August 1944) is an American libertarian and co-founder of the Cato Institute. He served as its president until 1 October 2012.


15 Aug 1944, Edward H. Crane III, in Los Angeles


Edward H. Crane: Cato Institute
"Ed Crane is the founder and president emeritus of the Cato Institute. Under his leadership, the Cato Institute grew to become one of the nation's most prominent public policy research organizations. He stepped down as President and CEO in October 2012. Crane has been a pioneer in framing the political debate as one, not between liberal and conservative, but rather between civil society (the voluntary sector) and political society (government power)."


Cato Institute, Founder and President, 1977-2012
Mont Pelerin Society, Member


Power Profile: Ed Crane, by Patty Reinert,, 30 Jan 2008
Biographical profile of Ed Crane, including his views on the 2008 U.S. presidential candidates
"Ed Crane doesn't really like politicians, nor, for that matter, people who do. So it's not surprising that the president of the libertarian Cato Institute is brimming with caustic opinions about the presidential race. ... his No. 1 issue, he said, is making sure America develops 'humility' in foreign affairs and stops thinking it can just barge in and 'spread democracy.'"


Clark For President: A Report on the 1980 Libertarian Presidential Campaign, by Ed Crane (Communications Director), Chris Hocker (National Coordinator), Dec 1980
Post-mortem analysis of the Clark campaign, focusing on what the authors consider were the ten most important aspects, and in terms of what was learned that could be useful to later campaigns
"As the two individuals primarily responsible for the day-to-day management and direction of the 1980 campaign, we hold no illusions that this report represents anyone else's point of view other than our own. ... The Master Plan began with the setting of campaign goals, as follows: 'The principal goal of the Clark for President campaign is: To Create a Three Party America.' This principal goal was and is un-quantifiable; nonetheless, we feel it was achieved to some degree, but by no means completely. ... If voters were asked now, after the election, if they had ever heard of the Libertarian Party, we think a majority would say yes."
The Death of Politics?, Cato Policy Report, Nov 1994
Explores trends in politics in the U.S. and other countries, particularly those that show voters are unwilling to support the political status quo
"Voters in nations around the globe are turning out long-established parties in favor of political forces offering more open societies with less burdensome governments. ... In the United States intense disenchantment with government manifested itself in the 20 million votes that Ross Perot garnered in 1992. ... The term limitation movement is a powerful result of the pent-up voter energy that the FECA has created. It is, in effect, circumventing the traditional paths to political change, and the change it promises to bring about is going to be much more than cosmetic."
Related Topics: Karl Hess, Politics

Books Authored

Speaking Freely: The Public Interest in Unfettered Speech
    by Doug Bandow, John Corry, Ed Crane (Introduction), 1995
Covers freedom of speech issues in TV violence, indecency, children's TV, commercial speech and the now superseded Fairness Doctrine
Related Topic: Freedom of Speech

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