Our sacred liberty to grope

You know how libertarians often seem like callous ruthless shits? Politico reports:

Three former employees of the famed Cato Institute say they were sexually harassed by Ed Crane, the 73-year-old co-founder and president emeritus of the think tank and one of the most recognizable figures in the libertarian movement.

The invisible hand up the skirt.

One former employee said Crane asked her to take off her bra. Another said he compared her breasts to pornographic images on his computer. A third said he sent her an email on breast augmentation. Crane also settled an additional sexual harassment claim by a former employee in 2012, her lawyer confirmed to POLITICO.

Oh, I beg your pardon, the invisible hand down the shirt.

Three other former Cato employees described witnessing Crane making sexual and other inappropriate comments to young women at Cato both at work and during after-work events. Crane drank alcohol in his office during the day, according to multiple former employees. One male former employee said he saw Crane try to unsnap the bra of a female colleague at an office holiday party on a boat on the Potomac River.

Boobies! Can’t get enough of the boobies!

Former employees say Cato’s libertarian ideals extended to the workplace. A 1999 book on sexual harassment published as a “Cato Institute book” encouraged women to find avenues for dealing with sexual harassment that didn’t involve reporting incidents to management or using the legal system.

“Libertarians would believe in the right to ask” to proposition someone “and the right for someone to say no,” said Cinda Jones, a former Cato head of marketing who left the organization in 2001.

Uh huh, my point exactly. I’ve seen a lot of libertarians like that.

“Working at Cato, if you’re a young libertarian, is an enormous privilege,” said the former research assistant who said she received an email from Crane about breast augmentation in 2003. “People just sort of thought, ‘Well I’m a libertarian, Ed owns the place, I kind of believe in his right to run it the way he wants to.’”

Ownership is 900% of the law!

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