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Reason November 2018

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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6 min.
publicly traded companies are still private property

THE FIRST WEEK of September saw the heads of tech companies hauled to Capitol Hill yet again to explain themselves to a bunch of grumpy senators. Whenever this happens, the hearing inevitably begins with hours of bloviation about “the public interest” before someone raises the idea that social media sites should be treated “like public utilities.” Rep. Steve King (R–Iowa) is a big fan of this line of questioning, raising it in the previous go-round with Google in July: “What about converting the large behemoth organizations that we’re talking about here into public utilities?” The notion that Twitter or Google are as vital to American citizens as water and electricity—and therefore must be subject to a much higher level of government scrutiny and regulation, or perhaps even government ownership—is misbegotten on…

1 min.
markets everywhere

IN THE U.S., legal restrictions curtail people’s ability to sell goods out of their homes and in public spaces. In Latin America, entrepreneurs are often free to set up shop in central locations, so there’s always an opportunity to make money by selling fresh avocados or home-made tamales. Instead of everyone in a neighborhood shopping at the same supermarket, it’s common to see multiple stalls offering similar products, as in this photo of orange juice vendors engaging in true competition in Bogota, Colombia.…

3 min.
trump is building a wall of bureaucracy

ON THE HEELS of a draconian border crackdown and interior deportation raids, President Donald Trump has quietly opened another front in his war on immigration. This time, he’s going after authorized immigrants. After failing to get Congress to institute the 40 percent cut in legal immigration he sought, Trump is trying to achieve administratively what he couldn’t legis latively—by wrapping each legal immigration category in red tape and handing his bureaucrats sweeping powers to deny applications for the flimsiest of reasons. It’s working. A recent Washington Post analysis found that the total number of people receiving visas to live in the country is on pace to drop 12 percent in just the first two years of the Trump presidency. Trump got things rolling by targeting asylum seekers and refugees. To go after the…

2 min.
is gun-printing software protected speech?

DEFENSE DISTRIBUTED, A company whose hardware and software allow users to make guns at home, is once again locked in battle with the government over its First Amendment rights. The business’s products let people “print” guns in 3D, but Defense Distributed doesn’t make or sell actual firearms. Nevertheless, in 2013 the government ordered the company to stop distributing its software files on the grounds that spreading such information was equivalent to the unlicensed export of munitions. Led by founder Cody Wilson, who in 2013 built and fired the first plastic gun made on a 3D printer, Defense Distributed sued in 2015, claiming that the software was First Amendment–protected speech, no different from any printed manual or book containing gun-making instructions. The software was already all over the internet and no one else…

4 min.
embrace the dirt nap

MY FATHER DIED in bed just about the time our plane set down on the tarmac at BWI airport. It was earlier than we expected—but maybe just what he’d hoped for. “I guess this is it,” he’d told me days earlier when he called to say the doctors had run out of ideas for fighting his cancer. They gave him anywhere from two weeks to two months. To play it on the safe side, I booked the first available flight east. My sister planned to drive over the same day so we could have a family visit and a collective send-off. My son Anthony and I traveled light and made good time. We arrived to the house maybe 45 minutes after wheels down. But when she opened the door, my mother shook…

5 min.
congress needs an opioid intervention

IN AN EFFORT to “combat the opioid crisis” in America, Congress is calling for a slate of governmental interventions that have been tried, tested, and shown to cause more harm. In June, the U.S. House of Representatives passed 50 bills, with more to come, that throw billions of dollars at already rich universities, hand responsibility for determining addiction treatment procedures to the federal government, and allow the U.S. attorney general to ban vaguely defined substances, among many other clumsy actions. Too much of the new legislation is grounded in the “overprescription” hypothesis, which blames the current unprecedented rates of overdose on an expansion in the number of opioid prescriptions that began in the 1990s. The consensus around this theory has prompted Congress to further restrict opioid prescription access. In responding this…