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Reason

December 2020

Reason is the monthly print magazine of "free minds and free markets." It covers politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews. Reason provides a refreshing alternative to right-wing and left-wing opinion magazines by making a principled case for liberty and individual choice in all areas of human activity.

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3 min.
the feds are spreading fake facts about fentanyl

POLICE OFFICERS IN Texas heard some terrifying news on June 26, 2018: Antigovernment flyers poisoned with a deadly opioid had been placed on Harris County Sheriff’s Office squad cars, and a sergeant who had touched one was en route to the hospital with overdose symptoms. The incident set off a flurry of media coverage, and police as far away as Maine and Massachusetts received alerts about it. Only it wasn’t true. Three days later, a laboratory analysis found there was in fact no fentanyl on the flyers. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office blamed the panic on a problem with field test kits. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, is involved in nearly half of drug-related deaths in the United States, according to the National…

25 min.
the guillotine mystique

LAST SUMMER, WHEN the short-lived “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” in Seattle renamed itself the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest,” one protester explained to a reporter that the acronym CHOP was a tribute to the Reign of Terror in France more than 200 years ago. “What happened to the people who did not get on board with the French Revolution?” he asked, to which the assembled crowd responded, “CHOPPED!” This scene was just one manifestation of the guillotine fad that has been sweeping America’s resurgent progressive left. #Guillotine2020 is an actual hashtag on lefty Twitter, mostly (if hyperbolically) dedicated to the malfeasance of Republicans, rich folks, and other baddies. DIY guillotines have been popping up at protests, including ones outside the White House and the Washington, D.C., mansion of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.…

14 min.
to help kids find their passion, give them free time

“WHAT DID YOU love doing as a child that you’re still sort of doing today?” That’s the question I’ve posed to lots of people, including a businessman I briefly spoke with at the TED Talks in Vancouver a few years ago. I didn’t take notes, but the conversation made a strong impression on me. “Nothing,” I recall him replying. Nothing? “I played,” he conceded. “You don’t have something better than that?” I wheedled. “Well…” I remember him saying after a pause. “I grew up in Miami. There were a lot of fruit trees.” As a kid, he would go around picking up the fruit that fell onto public property. Then he’d put it in a little wagon and sell it. That is, he took stuff that other people produced and sold it to someone else. And in…

14 min.
covid-19 didn’t break the public school system. it was already broken.

WE ARE WITNESSING an exodus from public schools that’s unprecedented in modern U.S. history. Families are fleeing the traditional system and turning to homeschooling, virtual charters, microschools, and—more controversially—“pandemic pods,” in which families band together to help small groups of kids learn at home. The result has been an enormous backlash. A recent New York Times opinion article claimed that families forming pods is “the latest in school segregation.” Denver Public Schools issued a formal statement in August urging parents not to unen-roll their children—even though the district is not reopening its schools in person—because it is “deeply concerned about the pods’ long-term negative implications for public education and social justice.” Falls Church City Public Schools in Virginia issued a similar statement the next day, pressuring families not to withdraw their…

16 min.
the atlanta sex toy magnate who can’t stop picking fights

THE 52-YEAR-OLD OWNER of a small chain of Atlanta-area adult stores is clad in a tight royal blue short-sleeve shirt, partially unbuttoned, with a silver necklace that says “REGRETS” dangling between his pecs. He is regaling me with stories of the expensive legal fights that have defined his life, most of which revolve around selling sex toys and porn. If the city of Atlanta had its way, the store we’re sitting in, Tokyo Valentino, would be closed. In fact, it would have never existed in the first place. And if the nearby city of Brookhaven, Georgia, had its way, Michael S. Morrison would be in jail right now. Instead, he’s sitting across from me, temporarily out of sight of the shop’s abundant collections of inflatable prostate stimulators, clitoral suction devices, and…

1 min.
statement of ownership, management, and circulation

Publication Title: Reason Publication Number: 0048-6906 Filing Date: 10/1/2020 Issue Frequency: Monthly, except combined issue of August/September Number of Issues Published Annually: 11 Annual Subscription Price: $38.50 Complete Mailing Address of Known Office of Publication: Reason Foundation, 5737 Mesmer Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90230 Contact Person: Jacqueline Smith, 203-945-2042 Complete Mailing Address of Headquarters or General Business Office of Publisher: Reason Foundation, 5737 Mesmer Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90230 Full Names and Complete Mailing Addresses of Publisher, Editor, and Managing Editor: Publisher: Mike Alissi, Reason Foundation, 5737 Mesmer Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90230. Editor: Katherine Mangu-Ward, Reason Foundation, 5737 Mesmer Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90230. Managing Editor: Stephanie Slade, Reason Foundation, 5737 Mesmer Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90230. Owner: Reason Foundation, 5737 Mesmer Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90230 Known Bondholders, Mortgagees, and Other Security Holders Owning or Holding 1 Percent or More of Total…