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Reason May 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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5 min.
is the american dream dead?

HERE ARE TWO stories about modern Americans’ economic lives. The first story is that the American Dream is dead. The cost of college is ballooning even as higher education becomes a prerequisite for an increasing proportion of white-collar jobs. Those jobs have become more important to the American middle class as manufacturing and many other forms of well-compensated blue-collar work disappear. The debt from obtaining this quasi-mandatory college education (especially at expensive, cutthroat elite schools where admission is statistically impossible) puts newly minted adults in a terrible position. They feel they cannot move forward with one of the major milestones of 20th century adulthood: homeownership. Nor can they afford to live in major cities with job growth, such as New York and San Francisco, where rents have been increasing and vacancy…

1 min.
government involvement drives up costs

FOR SEVERAL YEARS now, economist Mark Perry has published a chart showing price changes from several key sectors of the U.S. economy. And with each update the divergence of prices becomes more glaring. “The obvious conclusion,” Perry says, “is that the more government gets involved, or the more government regulation, the greater are the increases in prices over time. The less government intervention or regulation, the greater the decline in prices over time.” PRICE CHANGES (January 1998 to December 2019) Selected U.S. Consumer Goods and Services; Wages…

3 min.
gop debt hypocrisy

REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS, on the whole, no longer care about debt or deficits—at least not in any substantive sense. That’s a problem for a number of reasons, not least that it increases the risk of a debt crisis in the future. Those same Republicans spent the better part of Barack Obama’s presidency complaining bitterly about the trillion-dollar budget gaps the country ran during his first term, and President Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail to eliminate all federal debt. But since Trump’s election, deficits have increased even faster than expected, and the total federal debt has risen accordingly. That, in turn, is likely to have long-term consequences for both the economy and for the broader politics of debt and deficits. You can see the nation’s trajectory spelled out in painstaking detail…

3 min.
the future of fosta may be frivolous lawsuits

PASSED IN 2018, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act—or FOSTA, for short—made it a federal crime to host web content that “promotes” or “facilitates” prostitution. In the nearly two years since FOSTA became law, neither federal nor state prosecutors have used it. But that doesn’t mean it’s simply gathering dust. Web companies are now experiencing the first wave of civil lawsuits made possible by the law. Companies anticipated that FOSTA would be used more broadly than its proponents claimed. After Congress passed the legislation with bipartisan support, the classified-ad platform Craigslist quickly axed its entire personals section, including categories on the site that were essentially used the same way as dating apps. It was not the only site to begin limiting legal content related to relationships and sex.…

3 min.
is the crackdown on pain pills finally working?

OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS IN the United States, which had been rising steadily since 1999, fell slightly in 2018, from 47,600 to 46,802, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That 1.7 percent drop was mostly due to a decline in deaths involving pain pills, which decreased by 13 percent, from 14,495 to 12,552. The decline in opioid-related deaths may have something to do with harm reduction measures such as wider access to the overdose antidote naloxone and treatment programs involving the substitute opioids methadone and buprenorphine. Ham-handed efforts to reduce the supply of pain pills, by contrast, have deprived bona fide patients of the medication they need while driving nonmedical users toward black-market substitutes, which are far more dangerous because their potency is highly variable. That…

2 min.
trump’s school lunch changes lead to a pointless food fight

IN JANUARY, PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s administration announced changes to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program, which was previously overhauled by former first lady Michelle Obama. “The Occupant is trying to play petty with the food our babies eat,” tweeted Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D–Mass.) in response to the changes. “Add it to the list affirming that the cruelty is the point with this White House.” Sam Kass, who served as executive director of Obama’s Let’s Move! obesity reduction program, proclaimed to The New York Times, “It’s unconscionable that the Trump administration would do the bidding of the potato and junk food industries.” In truth, Trump’s changes are relatively minor. They allow participating schools to more easily serve a la carte items, such as hamburgers, as snacks; they reduce the amount of…