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February 10th, 2004 · No Comments

Via PJ Doland, I see that Ban the Ban has made the Washington Post, in an article citing both PJ and Zoe Mitchell.

The piece also mentions the “Cato Blog Mafia”—a tounge-in-cheek term we’ve occasionally used for bloggers who work or have worked at Cato. Now, I’m not sure, but I think I may have coined that term, in which case I feel as though I ought to note for the record that it’s probably unfortunate in a number of ways. Because I know that, despite any number of disclaimers, that means Cato gets stuck being identified with the off-the-cuff writings of policy folks speaking outside their arenas or even (as I was) low-level staffers with no particular authority to talk about policy at all. I saw one or two pieces written in which, almost certainly disingenuously, personal views of non-foreign-policy staff on the Iraq war got dubbed the “Cato position.” And there are doubtless individual bloggers from there who don’t necessarily want to be thought of as part of some kind of group like this, however inchoate and informal. Anyway, if the label was mine, mea maxima culpa.

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