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Want Me
How do we find our authentic sexual selves in a society so devoted to selling narrow visions of romance, beauty, and sexuality? Is it even possible, let alone desirable? These themes run through Want Me: A Sex Writer’s Journey Into the Heart of Desir
Reason5 min gelesenAmerican Government
When Politics Makes It Impossible To Plan
THE BOY IN the video is crying. He is 10 years old, and he has been walking alone on a rural road outside of La Grulla, Texas, for a long time. He was traveling with a group, he says to the Border Patrol agent who has found him, and got left behind.
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There’s Nothing Modern About Mmt
MODERN MONETARY THEORY (MMT) tells us that governments should finance public spending by creating money. To prevent inflation, MMT advocates say, the government should use taxes to siphon off excess purchasing power, which supposedly would enable the
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Judges Stick Up For Asset Forfeiture Victim
POLICE IN MOORESVILLE, North Carolina, found a small amount of marijuana in a man’s car and used it to justify seizing nearly $17,000 of his money. Thankfully, a state judge is raising hell over it. In November, Jermaine Sanders was staying at a hote
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An $86 Billion Moral Hazard
THE $1.9 TRILLION emergency spending bill Congress passed in early March was full of items that had little to do with the COVID-19 pandemic, the ostensible justification for the package. Perhaps the most indefensible provision was an $86 billion bail
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Reason1 min gelesenAviation & Aeronautics
Though Liftoff’s subtitle is Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched SpaceX, it’s much more about the latter than the former, and thank goodness. Musk is a fascinating character and the “Avengers assemble!” early chapters on the hiring o
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Section 230 Haters Aren’t Going Away
SECTION 230 OF the Communications Decency Act, known to its fans as “the 26 words that created the internet,” shields social media and other digital platforms from legal liability for user-generated content. Although that protection has enabled myria
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Wanted: A Better Way To Think About Health Care
IN THE DEPRESSION summer of 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gradually concluded that the country needed a broad-based, government-led program to assure Americans’ economic security. He thus created the Committee on Economic Security, led by suc
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The Equity Mess
TWO DAYS BEFORE the 2020 election, Kamala Harris could have picked from any number of campaign themes. The number of COVID-19 cases had doubled over the previous month. At home, violent crime was up; abroad, negotiations with the Taliban over U.S. wi
Reason18 min gelesenAmerican Government
The Era of Small Government Is Over
IT WAS A full quarter-century ago when President Bill Clinton delivered one of the few quotable State of the Union addresses in American history. “The era of big government is over,” he proclaimed on January 23, 1996. It was more of a political state
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Grant McCracken on How To Reengineer the Honor Code
IN THE NEW Honor Code: A Simple Plan for Raising Our Standards and Restoring Our Good Names (Tiller Press), anthropologist, brand consultant to the stars, and past Reason contributor Grant McCracken explores the history and use of the honor code, arg
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Economic Lessons From Covid-19
ONE OF THE most important things economists can do in a pandemic is not forget what we know. We know that central planners don’t have enough information and insight about the lives and activities of 330 million people to plan those lives in a thought
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From The Archives
“That’s a glib dismissal of a complex issue. In one couple I know, the father had to drop out of a graduate program in music when he learned that a baby was on the way; he finds his current corporate job boring and exhausting and hates the long hours
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Rethinking the Power To Take a Life
AGRUESOME COINCIDENCE HAS made Maurice Chammah’s Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fall of the Death Penalty timely. In the final months of Donald Trump’s presidency, shortly before this book was released, the Justice Department rushed through eig
Reason2 min gelesenPopular Culture & Media Studies
When Fighting ‘Misinformation’ Is Really Fighting Free Speech
IN THE AFTERMATH of the COVID-19 pandemic, a national election bitterly contested by the losing candidate, and the January 6 Capitol riot, eradicating “misinformation” from television and social media has become a top concern of politicians. In Febru
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Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself is not merely a magic show, though the award-winning magician pulls off a handful of truly amazing tricks during the performance. It’s not simply a one-man play, though DelGaudio’s engaging autobiographical monologues
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‘Hero Pay’ For Grocery Workers Is Terrible For Grocery Workers
“HERO PAY” LAWS, which require big wage increases for grocery store workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, are sweeping the West Coast. Store closures, unemployment, and lawsuits have followed in their wake. The first of these laws, passed in late Jan
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One Night In Miami
If you could be a fly on the wall for a private conversation between four historic figures, who would you choose—and what do you imagine they would talk about? Amazon Studios’ One Night in Miami offers a surprisingly riveting answer to that hypotheti
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Cult Country
CULTS ARE IN style again. Or at least it’s trendy to call things cults—everything from QAnon to SoulCycle has gotten the tag. It’s pretty easy to throw the word around loosely, since we’ve never come to a consensus about what exactly a cult is. The l
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“The Intellectual Johnny Appleseed Of The Counterculture”
HAS ANYONE LIVED a more interesting, influential, and inspiring life than Stewart Brand? Born in 1938 and educated at Stanford, Brand was a Merry Prankster who helped conduct Ken Kesey’s legendary acid tests in the 1960s. His guerilla campaign of sel
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Clubhouse, a voice-only chatroom app, keeps no permanent record of what is said there. Its rooms range from innocuous to substantive to deliberately inflammatory. At its best, it’s like being at a lively dinner party—the sort that were common in the
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It’s Too Bad We Can’t Fire More Governors
FACING A RECALL election sparked partly by his heavy-handed pandemic restrictions on what Californians can do in their beloved outdoors, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in March chose a symbolically appropriate if politically tone-deaf venue for his ann
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Fun With Frozen Ferrets
THE RIDICULOUSLY CUTE Elizabeth Ann made her debut in February as the first cloned black-footed ferret. She is the genetic twin of Willa, one of the last 18 wild ferrets captured in the 1980s for a captive breeding program overseen by the U.S. Fish a
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The Pandemic Will Make Kids Or Break Them
THE COVID-19 ERA has worked as a stress test for parents and kids alike, breaking some while bringing out reserves of strength and resilience in others. But it’s not the disease itself that’s done so much damage; it’s the isolation, fear, and stresse
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On Pot Legalization, Biden Offers Only Inaction
ATTORNEY GENERAL MERRICK Garland says he does not plan to interfere with state legalization of marijuana. On that score, Joe Biden’s administration is indistinguishable from Donald Trump’s. “It does not seem to me a useful use of limited resources th
Reason2 min gelesenCrime & Violence
Congressional Democrats Waffle On Qualified Immunity
CONJURED INTO EXISTENCE decades ago by the Supreme Court, qualified immunity shields government employees from federal civil rights claims unless their alleged misconduct has been ruled unconstitutional in a previous case. Last June, House Democrats
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Kingdom Of Silence
Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist formerly favored by the royal family, left his native country in 2017 and moved to the United States. He began writing a Washington Post column that criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS
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Wanda Maximoff can’t recall exactly how she took over a New Jersey town, mindcontrolled its inhabitants, and launched a fake sitcom costarring her deceased husband and imaginary children. “I only remember feeling completely alone,” she confesses. “Em
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When the Government Makes Wildfires Worse
AS LONG AS humans have had fire, they have tried to bend it to their will. Native Americans set small fires for centuries to clear underbrush from forests or open up pasturelands. Later, European settlers purposely burned perimeters around their sett
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