Unbound: Cato gets a Blog

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I got a tip from a friend Friday that the Cato Institute, reknowned libertarian think-tank, is launching a blog tomorrow: Cato Unbound. Their goal is to build on the conversations on blogs and use that open forum format to create a discussion on policy issues where the marketplace of ideas will hopefully promote the best ideas to the top while refining them. They picked a good managing editor in Will Wilkinson, a blog veteran — though I find his writing to be a bit on the dry side.

From the about page:

Cato Unbound is a state-of-the-art virtual trading floor in the intellectual marketplace, specializing in the exchange of big ideas. To be sure, there is no shortage these days of online forums for hashing out the issues of the day. All too often, however, the advantages of instant analysis and communication are compromised by obsession with the trivial and ephemeral. Here at Cato Unbound we try to step back, take a deep breath, and focus on the larger picture.

Each month, Cato Unbound will present an essay on a big-picture topic by one of the world’s leading thinkers. The ideas in that essay will then be tested by the comments and criticism of equally eminent thinkers, each of whom will respond to the month’s lead essay and then to one another. The idea is to create a hub for wide-ranging, open-ended conversation, where ideas will be advanced, challenged, and refined in public view.

While I’m impressed at their methodology in approaching the blogosphere to foster these conversations, I can only wonder if the resulting conversation will end up being incredibly boring to the average reader and devolve into a libertarian intellectual circle-jerk.

Oh well, hats off for having a blog.

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