Delivery: The tenth day of every month.
ALERT! Cato is a non-profit public policy foundation which promotes the ideas of libertarian ideals--free markets, limited government, and peace.
If you subscribe to these ideas or if you have an interest in learning more, then this subscription might be of interest. If you think businesses are inherently bad, or that the government needs to step in more often, you're probably not going to like this broadcast.
Some reviewers rate this subscription low because they don't like Cato's philosophy. I guess that's okay, but people should know that the program is very informative and non-confrontational. Though often labelled "right-wing," Cato is certainly not Republican--just look at their stances on the War on Drugs, the War in Iraq, and abortion issues.
My only objection is that the subscription only gives you a measly 1-hr. every month. Meanwhile, the government-subsidized NPR shows broadcast more often, giving better value. The debate continues...
25 of 25 people found this review helpful
Yes, believe it or not, there is a refuge from the partisan rhetoric of the Democrats and Republicans. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank devoted to the proposition that the government should stay out of your bedroom and out of your wallet to the greatest extent possible. This is the notion on which our country was founded, even if modern politicians and pundits tend to forget that. I have found the discussions and lecture excerpts on Cato Audio to be both interesting and informative. The only drawback is that they leave me angry with both the Republicans and the Democrats. I think that if you listen to a few of these, you will agree that most Americans are actually Libertarians, even if they don't yet know it.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Excellent. Exactly what it claims to be.
If you are annoyed by market-based opinions, don't listen.
Otherwise, a logical and consistent point of view.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
No, this isn't news -- it's commentary. Anyone who expects this "audio magazine" to provide balanced reporting is missing the point; the objective here is to look at current events from a libertarian (rational individualist, free-market, limited government) perspective. I've listened to this program in the past, and it does provide an welcome alternative view to what you'll find in the pages of the New York Times or on NPR's airways.
27 of 30 people found this review helpful
This is great commentary and analysis of what is going on in the country. Don't expect it to be news becuase it is opinion and considered, thoughtful explainations of current events.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Wow! I usually listen to NPR, but Cato features the smartest, most thoughtful people on politics, public policy, and current events. And with Cato Audio, you can hear them without having to trek to DC to attend Cato events. As great as being there must be, this "best of" monthly means that Cato selects and edits their very best speechs and debates so that listeners can cut to the chase. In this age of soundbites and superficial campaign ads, it is awesome to hear cutting-edge thinkers lay it all out on the most pressing issues of our day without wasting time. Abandoning the stale left-right, us-them approach that dominates the media and much of political discourse, Cato Audio provides fresh thinking from the perspective of what's good for humananity without all the empty rhetoric that Washington usually provides. Excellent!
10 of 12 people found this review helpful
Fed up with lack of objectivity at the New York Times, CNN, and Fox. Shoddy reporting has become all to common, leading to mini-scandals at major outlets. UPI stories purporting to be news, reading more like op-ed pieces. Heaven forbid somebody should actually think about, and analyze a topic. Cato has its own bias ... towards individual freedom (with the expected caveat ... not at the expense of others freedoms). Yes, it's an overly simplistic summary of a complex position, but this is a review, not a philosophical treatise. As expected, some of the articles will offend liberals, some will offend conservatives, and some will offend both. Most topics cut rather short. Definitely disagreed with some analysis ... but found it very interesting, nonetheless.
28 of 36 people found this review helpful
This is one of the very few programs you can download that is based on correct principles of true liberty. It is quite difficult in today's media-spun world, to discern the truth from the jaundiced journalism of today. Most people are confused at best and that includes politicians. This reports on current affairs from the classic liberal viewpoint, which is what America was really founded upon, not democracy. Historically, democracy always ends in despotism. Through the Cato Institute, you're able to learn more about the original intent of the Founding Fathers on current affairs. Well worth the listen and checking out the Cato website for additional information and news. Highly recommended, although some months are much better than others.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I really look forward to hearing my latest Cato subscription, and the topics and speakers are always top-notch. My only complaint is that the speech clips are too short, at about 10 minutes each. Just when you start getting really into a speech, they cut it off and move on to the next topic. While this is certainly efficient, it is also frustrating. Many of these speeches could easily be consumed in full. For instance, Judge Andrew Napolitano's lecture on the history of the Patriot Act and where it's heading (and why it must be stopped) was riveting, and actually should be of interest to both conservatives and liberals. This was a keynote and was cut after about 20 minutes. Give me an hour of it!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I don't know what one reviewer was talking about when s/he was saying that this was "right-wing propaganda." I'm definitely a liberal, and this seemed "fair and balanced". If the reviewer had listened to the entire program, s/he would have heard a mix of seemingly left-learning, middle, and right commentary. In fact, the only story I had difficulty listening to as a liberal was Rod Paige (who can barely ennunciate the English language clearly) talking about the sad state of public education and how we need to move to more competition in education (mimicking the Bush admins views). Otherwise, the commentary was reasonably left/right. In fact, I was going to comment that there needed to be more left-learning truth to the stories. My problem with the right is that they are so damned obvious in their distortions. This certainly is NOT a right-wing publication.
Brad from Texas
7 of 9 people found this review helpful