I discovered Cato Unbound today (hat tip: Pajamas Media (Broken link, active December 5, 2005)). 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!
If 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.