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.

Born

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

Biography

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)."

Associations

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

Articles

Power Profile: Ed Crane, by Patty Reinert, Examiner.com, 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.'"

Writings

Clark For President - A Report on the 1980 Libertarian Presidential Campaign, by Ed Crane (Communications Director), Dec 1980
with Chris Hocker (National Coordinator)
"The Clark Master Plan identified ... corollary goals ...: 'Attain a balance-of-power position in the 1980 Presidential Election; that is, garner more votes than are likely to decide the election.' The level of success in reaching this goal is again one of degree. Clark came nowhere near attaining the balance of power in the national popular vote, of course. ... it could be described as 'a' balance of power position, but not 'the' balance of power position."
Related Topic: Ed Clark
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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