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The Cato Daily Podcast allows experts and scholars affiliated with the Cato Institute to comment on relevant news in a conversational, informal manner. By presenting issues in a concise and engaging way, the podcast invites listeners to rethink their assumptions about liberty and the proper role of government. Hosted by Caleb Brown.

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An uncritical look at good Libertarian thinking

The Cato Daily Podcast is a valuable, concise presentation of Libertarian ideas but has a serious flaw. The usually thought-provoking content is marred by a fake interview format which comes across as highly scripted at best and utterly uncritical at worst. This should be replaced with short, conference-style presentations with only a brief introduction by the host. Despite the slow-pitch softball questioning most Cato associates present well-reasoned arguments supported by facts, but the lack of critique fails to challenge weak points and treats even the occasional weak, pseudo-intellectual thesis with full credulity (witness the Oct 2006 episode "300 Million and Counting" featuring Daniel T. Griswold - nice rhetoric for those who agree but embarrassingly feeble for an academic). Only those rare guests who don't quite hold to the Cato party line get something resembling challenging questions (see the Oct 2006 "The Libertarian Democrat" parts I and II featuring Markos "Kos" Moulitsas). Bottom line: Needs a redesign but well worth a listen.


Anyone looking for a thoughtful, unapologetic critique of government policy and of those who support intrusive government should definitely give this podcast a listen. At under 10 minutes, it's short enough to not be boring, yet is packed with useful information.

Cato Institue

This is a very informative podcast from the leading libertarian think-tank. As noted by somebody else, the length of episodes is such that one can become informed on the particular subject of the episode without losing interest due to unnecessary length. The release of analysis reports via pdf's on occasion is a very nice addition to the podcast, allowing the subscriber to get a more in-depth understanding on a subject that has been diligently researched. The tone is also very professional and relaxed. If you're expecting passionate partisan bickering, you'll be disappointed. The podcasts are all about rational analysis of political issues from a more libertarian worldview. Social conservatives and economic liberals (meaning the American liberal) probably won't enjoy certain episodes, but at the least, they could stand to hear a third angle on modern politics that most people aren't familiar with. Nice job, Cato. Keep the episodes coming.

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