I discovered Cato Unbound today (hat tip: Pajamas Media). It seems it is to be a cross between 1) an online magazine, a la National Review Online, with invited leading thinkers writing on the big topics of the day, and 2) resulting commentary, a la Wall Street Journal Editorials,
addressing the ideas and issues raised in the essays, and 3) blog, with
comments and letters from readers, and posts from all over the
blogosphere about the debate, featured as well.
This month’s big question was, If three amendments could be added to the Constitution, what would they be? It was answered
by Nobel laureate and Cato Institute distinguished senior fellow James
M. Buchanan. The replies from other leading thinkers to his essay have
already begun coming in. Don’t you love the new media!
Cato Unbound turns out as advertised, this resource could be a valuable
teaching tool for rhetoric stage students, analyzing the essays,
researching, and writing their own replies; and also logic-checking and
rebutting, if necessary, the related reader responses and blog posts.