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Reason Feburary 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.
why it’s so hard to get pervs out of politics

POLITICS IS A high-stakes, winner-takesall game with irresistible appeal to a certain kind of low-quality human being. There are typically only two viable candidates in any national race, and voters have a lot invested in the idea that bad things will happen if their guy loses. That means that if their guy turns out to be, say, an unrepentant pedophile, there will be plenty of voters who pause for a minute and wonder whether having an unrepentant pedophile in office who will consistently vote the way they want is worse or better than having a nonpedophile who will consistently vote in a way that they believe will undermine the American experiment. Partisan duopoly creates powerful incentives to wear blinders about the flaws of your preferred candidate, and to make excuses for…

3 min.
the fcc takes its hands off the internet

IN APRIL, AJIT Pai, the newly appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), announced his first major initiative: taking internet regulation back to 2014. Two years earlier, the FCC had reclassified how the web is treated under the Telecommunications Act. Before, it had been a Title I information service, which is lightly regulated. Now it was a Title II telecommunications service, essentially a utility, like the landline phone system. President Barack Obama had pushed aggressively for the change—part of a policy known as “net neutrality”—raising questions about the agency’s independence from the executive branch. The new rules were put in place under a cloud of secrecy, with the specifics hidden from public view until after they were voted into effect. Previous iterations of the FCC’s net neutrality rules had been struck down…

3 min.
supreme court tries to draw a line around gay wedding cakes

IF DECORATING A cake counts as constitutionally protected speech, what doesn’t count? That was the question at stake during Supreme Court oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case—which centers on whether a state may, in the interest of preventing discrimination, require a private baker to produce a custom wedding cake for a same-sex marriage celebration—was heard in early December. As Jack Phillips, the baker in question, put it in a recent USA Today op-ed, his creations are “not just a tower of flour and sugar, but a message tailored to a specific couple and a specific event—a message telling all who see it that this event is a wedding and that it is an occasion for celebration.” Such a message in the case of a gay union,…

2 min.
a non-terrible district attorney wins in philly

WHEN LARRY KRASNER, a longtime Philadelphia civil rights lawyer, announced he was running to be the city’s next district attorney (D.A.), the local establishment treated his candidacy more like a punchline than an actual threat. Could a guy who’s sued the Philadelphia Police Department dozens of times and represented Black Lives Matter protesters really be serious? Who in their right mind runs for district attorney on a platform of not pursuing the death penalty and of refusing to put low-level drug offenders in jail? The president of the local Fraternal Order of Police called Krasner’s candidacy “hilarious.” When he beat six opponents in the Democratic primary, Philadelphia’s biggest newspaper endorsed his Republican opponent. Nobody’s laughing anymore. On November 7, Philadelphia voters made Krasner the city’s top prosecutor—the latest, most high-profile example of…

2 min.
donald trump: energy crony

DURING THE 2016 campaign, Donald Trump vowed repeatedly to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. Nearly a year into his term, it’s clear the president instead intends to flood the bog with energy mandates and subsidies. In October, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry urged the Federal Energy Regu- latory Commission to pour funds into conventional coal-fired and nuclear electricity generation plants. Perry argued the government needs to prop up these money losers in order to stabilize the power grid. As R Street Institute energy analyst William Murray points out, this amounts to a “creative” ploy “to fulfill promises made directly by President Donald Trump to coal mine owners during the election campaign, even at the cost of free markets—a supposed core belief among Republicans and conservatives of all stripes.” Why are coal-fired…

3 min.
junkyard blight no more

LIKE OIL-SLICKED SEAGULLS and smokestacks spewing black fumes, piles of rusting cars were standard symbols of environmental blight in the 1960s and early ’70s. “Few of America’s eyesores are so unsightly as its millions of junked automobiles,” President Richard Nixon declared in a 1970 speech. Although Americans had been dumping cars since the 1920s, replacing wornout models with new wheels, the problem was a relatively late-breaking one. Up through the 1950s, junkyard workers would rip apart the cars and recycle their components. During World War II, U.S. Marshals even seized scrapped cars from a Maryland junkyard whose owner “had refused to sell the much-needed materials at established prices.” By the ’60s, however, wages had risen, making it too expensive to pull old cars apart by hand, and steel mills were getting pickier…