Reason November 2021

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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the unexpected, predictable end of the war in afghanistan

SOMETIMES WINNING LOOKS and feels like losing. This summer’s bloody, tumultuous withdrawal from Afghanistan was a predictable disaster. It was also an incredible, surprising anti-war victory. My own thoroughly jaded worldview dictated that after two decades and $2 trillion, the only two realistic options were to stay in Afghanistan forever or depart in a blaze of chaos. As it happened, we got the latter. But I would have bet a great deal on the former. The strategic and logistical failures of the botched withdrawal perfectly echoed the strategic and logistical failures of the occupation, and were made inevitable by those failures spanning four administrations. Experts have made the case that there were several junctures where pulling out would have been less painful and less costly than it turned out to be in 2021:…

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public defenders vs. gun control

THE U.S. SUPREME Court will hear oral arguments this fall in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, which challenges the constitutionality of a state law requiring that anyone seeking a license to carry a concealed handgun in public first satisfy a local official that he has “proper cause” to do so. Like other big cases about hot-button issues, this one has attracted a lot of amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs. Many of those briefs will have zero influence on the ruling. But one filed in July just might have an impact. The brief comes from a coalition of public defense lawyer organizations, including the Black Attorneys of Legal Aid, the Bronx Defenders, and Brooklyn Defender Services. They urged the Supreme Court to overturn New York’s gun licensing…

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fda vaccine approval delays are deadly

IN AUGUST, AS COVID-19 cases began rising again throughout the country, Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had a simple message for Americans: Get vaccinated. “Our vaccines are working exceptionally well,” she said on CNN. “They continue to work well for [the delta variant] with regard to severe illness and death. They prevent it.” That message was reiterated by Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser, who has even expressed support for requiring public school teachers to be vaccinated. And it was echoed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates vaccines and must sign off on their use before widespread deployment. “Getting more of our population vaccinated is critical to moving forward and past this pandemic,” said Janet Woodcock, the FDA’s acting commissioner.…

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barely legal strippers now illegal in texas

IN MAY, THE Lone Star State raised the minimum legal age for working in a sexually oriented business from 18 to 21. Texas sex-shop and strip-club workers responded by suing the state in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. They argue that adults younger than 21 have a “constitutionally protected liberty interest in pursuing a chosen occupation” and that the “disconnect” between the law’s objectives and its minimum employment age is “obvious.” Texas counters that it has “long used age restrictions on employment to reduce young people’s exposure to perceived social ills.” Senate Bill 315 redefined 18-to 20-year-olds as children, making it a violation of the state’s ban on “employment harmful to children” to employ or induce adults younger than 21 to work nude, topless, or in any…

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new york shouldn’t treat the unvaccinated as second-class citizens

A DECREE FROM New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio that took effect on August 17 requires businesses to ask customers for proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The city is deploying enforcers to make sure that some 23,000 restaurants and 25,000 nightlife spots across the city of 10 million comply. De Blasio presented the “Key to NYC” pass, which will also be required for entry to gyms and concert venues, as New Yorkers’ best shot at freedom. De Blasio’s edict is a deprivation of New Yorkers’ civil liberties. Although de Blasio portrayed the mandate as a ticket out of cyclical lockdowns and onerous capacity restrictions, it obviously will not bestow freedom on all New Yorkers. Those who decline to be vaccinated will be excluded from vast swaths of polite society for the…

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biden reverses trump’s showerhead deregulation

BIG BUSINESS AND environmentalists don’t agree on much. But they both cheered the Biden administration’s late-July reversal of a short-lived Trump administration rule easing restrictions on the pleasing flow of multi-headed showers. Beginning in the 1990s, showerheads sold in the U.S. could emit no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Former President Donald Trump was a frequent critic of this requirement as well as of an Obama-era regulatory change that required whole shower units, and not just individual showerheads, to comply with the limit. That effectively outlawed the multi-headed showers then on the market. “I go into areas where they have tremendous water…and you have sinks where the water doesn’t come out,” Trump said at a 2015 campaign rally. “You have showers where I can’t wash my hair properly. It’s…