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Reason January 2019

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.
the new socialists didn’t win

SOCIALISTS DID NOT sweep the midterms. That is because it would have been mathematically impossible for socialists to sweep the midterms. For all the ink and pixels spilled, there weren’t actually very many of them on the ballot. Forty-six Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) candidates won primaries in 2018. Of those, 14 were backed by the national Democratic Party and only four were running for the U.S. House. Most prominent among them was New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed a few more candidates on her own as well. Ocasio-Cortez won her congressional race in a landslide, as did Rashida Tlaib in Michigan. But DSA’s Sarah Smith was beaten out by Democrat Adam Smith in Washington’s unusual Smith vs. Smith congressional race, and James Thompson lost in Kansas to Republican budget hawk…

2 min.
ben carson battles the nimbys

PROGRESSIVE URBANISTS AND Ben Carson, President Donald Trump’s conservative Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), hardly seem like bosom buddies. That makes Carson’s embrace of a core item on the progressives’ wish list all the more surprising. In August, Carson announced that he would be revising Obama-era HUD regulations that required local governments to perform extensive (and expensive) studies of how concentrated their neighborhoods were along class and racial lines, and then come up with plans to remedy the housing segregation they found. In their place, Carson wanted HUD to issue new rules that would put the emphasis not on integrating housing but on building new housing, period. For Carson, that means cracking down on byzantine local zoning codes. “I want to encourage the development of mixed-income multifamily dwellings all over…

2 min.
does the law require the drug czar to lie about legalization?

SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D–Colo.) says the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has assured him that an upcoming report on marijuana legalization “will be completely objective and dispassionate.” That claim is hard to take seriously, since it contradicts the ONDCP’s statutory mandate to oppose marijuana legalization by any means necessary. BuzzFeed reported in August that the office was coordinating the collection of “data demonstrating the most significant negative trends” that have followed marijuana legalization in states such as Colorado, with an eye toward illustrating the “threats” posed by that policy. The effort, which reportedly involved the Drug Enforcement Administration and 14 other federal agencies, seemed to be aimed at encouraging President Donald Trump to reconsider his promise to let states go their own way on marijuana. In an August 30 letter…

2 min.
it’s ok to make money on genetic research

IN JULY, 23ANDME and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced a $300 million collaboration that will focus on research and development of new medicines and cures, using insights from human genetics as the basis for discovery. GSK will have exclusive access for four years to 23andMe’s huge human genetic database, whose 5 million customers make it about “10 times larger than some of the other databases that are out there,” GSK’s chief scientific officer said in a CNBC interview. Not everyone was pleased. In Time, Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest think tank, argued that “if your data is going to be used for commercial purposes, you should be compensated.” That’s not, however, the bargain that was struck between 23andMe and its customers. The company’s terms of…

2 min.
america needs more dentists

AMERICA DOESN’T HAVE enough dentists, and Ahmed El Zawi could be part of the solution—if only the federal government would let him. El Zawi emigrated from Libya to attend the University of Washington’s dental school. He graduated in March 2017 and is licensed to practice dentistry in Washington state and Virginia. But it is illegal for El Zawi to work as a dentist—to work at all, actually—because his student visa expired in March. Though he found an employer willing to sponsor him for an H-1B, his name was not selected in the annual lottery that determines who receives one of those valuable government permission slips. El Zawi was able to renew his student visa to stay in the country legally. He’s taking business classes while biding his time until next year’s H-1B…

6 min.
the libertarian party future, perennially out of reach

“HE’S GOING TO finish certainly no worse than second, and maybe first,” Libertarian Party (L.P.) 2016 vice presidential nominee Bill Weld enthused about Massachusetts state auditor candidate Dan Fishman in mid-October. And once Fishman grabs all those votes, Weld declared, “[We’re going] to make a list of every campaign for whatever office this year that Libertarians fare no worse than second, and then we’re going to take that and publicize it strongly. I think that’s going to be a crevasse in the two-party monopoly.” It looked like Weld might be onto something two weeks later when The Boston Globe took the highly unusual step of endorsing the L.P. candidate for a job that’s been held, in all living memory, by Democrats. “Fishman would bring a sorely needed independent streak to the…