Reason3 min de lecturePolitics
Walter Williams, RIP
WALTER WILLIAMS, THE free market economist and iconoclast, died in December at the age of 84. The author of 13 books, Williams was best known for 1982’s The State Against Blacks, which documented how government interference in the market has been esp
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A Hand With Many Fingers
Have you ever wanted to piece together an international conspiracy with nothing but a bunch of newspaper clippings, a corkboard, and some red twine? If you’re reading this, there’s an above-average chance you have, in which case you should check out
Reason2 min de lectureCrime & Violence
Reform The Clemency Process
IF THE BIDEN administration wants to make substantive gains in criminal justice reform without having to deal with Congress, it should turn to one of the least limited tools of the presidency: the pardon power. The last two presidents have handled th
Reason2 min de lectureTechnology & Engineering
Keep Playing Nice With Private Space Companies
JOE BIDEN DOESN’T seem to be much of a space geek. Like virtually all American politicians, he says nice, bland stuff about “a bold space program that will continue to send astronaut heroes to expand our exploration and scientific frontiers.” That’s
Reason2 min de lectureCrime & Violence
The Department of Homeland Security inspector general is investigating whether U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s purchase of cellphone location data without warrants is improper. The agency has paid nearly half a million dollars to access a databa
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Belly Of The Beast
When you hear the word eugenics, you may be more likely to think of Nazi Germany than California. But the former studied the latter’s sterilization practices to hone its approach. And while Germany’s program died with the Nazi regime, California’s ha
Reason3 min de lecturePolitical Ideologies
From The Archives
March 2001 “Whatever one may think of the Florida high court’s handling of the election cases, there’s no disputing that when it comes to lack of judicial restraint, it’s the U.S. Supreme Court that takes the prize.” MIKE GODWIN “Election 2000” "Adul
Reason2 min de lectureMedical
Legal Pot Doesn’t Seem To Increase Teen Use Or Addiction
OPPONENTS OF MARIJUANA legalization frequently warn that it will lead to rampant cannabis consumption by teenagers. But two studies published in November found that legalization has not been associated with increases in adolescent marijuana use or ad
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A Radical History of Tennis?
WHEN HISTORIANS SPEAK of “the people,” I cringe. Do they mean the industrial working classes? Do they mean historically disadvantaged groups in a broader sense? Do they mean the kind of checklist diversity one sees in contemporary advertising? Or do
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The All-American Arms Dealer
THERE ARE MORE than a few antique shops in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, a short walk from my suburban neighborhood. Antiquing is normally of interest only if my mother-in-law is visiting, but some years back a friend messaged me to let me
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A Practical Wish List For Joe Biden
IN HIS VICTORY speech, Joe Biden promised to be “a healer, a uniter, a tested and steady hand.” If the new president wants to make good on his word, Reason staffers have some ideas for a few items to add to his policy agenda. These are suggestions th
Reason6 min de lecturePsychology
How to Take Shrooms
SO LET’S SAY psilocybin mushrooms are newly decriminalized where you live, and you are now open to having your first psychedelic experience. Allow me to share some of the practical knowledge I have gleaned from talking to experts and old heads, readi
Reason3 min de lectureBiology
Will Biden ‘Listen To The Science’ On Gmos?
“LISTEN TO THE science” was an oft-heard riposte in political debates about how the government should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Donald Trump’s administration failed on that front, it did “listen to the science” last May, when the U.S. D
Reason2 min de lectureCrime & Violence
No Facial Recognition Tech For Cops
THE LOS ANGELES Police Department (LAPD) banned the use of commercial facial recognition apps in November after BuzzFeed News reported that more than 25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches using controversial technology developed by the
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The Mushroom Moment Manifesto
THE SATURDAY AFTER voters in Washington, D.C., and Oregon voted to loosen legal restrictions on magic mushrooms, my girlfriend and I celebrated in the most appropriate way possible. We each ate almost 5 grams of the stuff, ground up and stuffed into
Reason12 min de lecturePolitical Ideologies
Is There a Future for Fusionism?
THERE’S A WELL-WORN tale about modern American conservatism: It says that the movement as we know it came into being during the mid–20th century as a “fusionist” coalition of economic libertarians and religious traditionalists. These groups, whose go
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Parents: Don’t Be Boring, Relentless Teachers
IT’S SNUGGLY TIME with your little one, who is not even in kindergarten yet. His little head rests against your shoulder as you open up a picture book. “See?” you say, pointing not to the furry bunny or diabolical cat or tree that keeps amputating he
Reason3 min de lectureAmerican Government
Should Biden’s Choice For Secretary Of State Discourage Libertarians?
IF HIS SELECTION of Antony Blinken as secretary of state is any indication, President Joe Biden’s promised return to normality will extend to his administration’s foreign policy. A veteran of the U.S. State Department and Democratic Party foreign pol
Reason1 min de lectureCrime & Violence
How To Fix The Internet
Do you actually own those songs and books you’ve downloaded onto your smartphone? Why is the government able to access your online data without your permission? Why is broadband internet so lackluster in parts of the country? And how exactly does tha
Reason2 min de lecturePolitics
Let Hongkongers Come To America
IMPROVING ON DONALD Trump’s immigration record won’t be a tall order. While America’s 45th president worked hard to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed roughly 640,000 immigrants who came to the country illegally a
Reason2 min de lectureAmerican Government
Expand Your Marijuana Reform Ambitions
UNLIKE MOST OF the candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination (including his eventual running mate), Joe Biden opposes federal legalization of marijuana. Instead, he says he wants to “decriminalize cannabis use,” expunge the records r
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From Magic Mushroom to Forbidden Fungus (and Back)
IN 1968, JUST 11 years after the international banker and amateur mycologist R. Gordon Wasson introduced Americans to “magic mushrooms” in a landmark Life magazine story, the federal government banned them. That was how long it took for this object o
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In 2020, Teachers Unions And Police Unions Showed Their True Colors
FROM THE SPREAD of COVID-19 and the wave of state-imposed closures that followed to the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the unrest that ensued, 2020 was a year in which American institutions flailed and failed. And few failures
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Hillbilly Elegy
It has been much remarked that Hollywood, whose denizens fall generally to the left of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, often produces movies with conservative themes. That is certainly true of Ron Howard’s adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir Hillbilly Eleg
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The Mandalorian
After Disney bought the rights to Star Wars from LucasFilm in 2012, it promised a revitalization of the franchise. Fans had mixed feelings about the trio of prequels George Lucas released from 1999 to 2005, and there was a sense that the brand, once
Reason2 min de lectureAmerican Government
Don’t Call It ‘Junk’ Insurance—and Don’t Restrict Its Sale
DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY began with a fruitless quest to repeal and replace Obamacare. The effort, which chewed up much of Washington’s attention during 2017, failed in part because neither Trump nor congressional Republicans managed to unify around
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New York City’s Outdoor Dining Doom
NEW YORK CITY restaurants have been hit hard during the last year by COVID-19 and bad government policy. Although outdoor dining has been permitted since June, the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) keeps changing the rules, forcing already bu
Reason2 min de lectureCrime & Violence
Sotomayor Invokes Scalia On Fourth Amendment Protections
DOES THE FOURTH Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizures include the right to be free from an unreasonable attempted seizure? The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia thought it did. “The mere grasping or application of physical for
Reason2 min de lectureAmerican Government
Get Out Of Afghanistan
IN BOTH 2011 and 2013, the Obama administration announced its intention to get all our conventional forces out of Afghanistan, where they did little but prop up corruption, provide targets for insurgents, and waste taxpayers’ money. As vice president
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