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Reason December 2017

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.
how to talk to your kids about guns

HERE ARE TWO true statements: 1. The number of privately held firearms in America has nearly doubled in the last two decades while the number of gun murders per capita was cut in half. 2. The number of kids abducted by strangers in 2011 was 105, out of approximately 73 million children in the United States. That’s down slightly from 115 two decades ago. After Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more by firing into a crowd from the 32nd floor of his Las Vegas hotel in October, America dove headfirst into our now-traditional national shoutfest about gun laws. One side sees its argument as self-evident: The moment when dozens of people lie dying in the street of gunshot wounds is the right time to pass laws restricting private gun ownership. The…

4 min.
ye shall know them by their debt

DONALD TRUMP CERTAINLY knows how to drive the news cycle. When archivists of the future pore through the headlines from September 2017, they will see not only the real-world calamities of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, but such Trump-driven ephemera as calling the leader of North Korea “Rocket Man,” accusing old sparring partner Sen. John McCain (R–Ariz.) of delivering “a tremendous slap in the face to the Republican Party,” and sending the entire country into a culture-war tizzy over the oncesmall number of professional football players who kneel in protest during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Jesus taught us that “ye shall know them by their fruits,” but as the Republican- led 115th Congress stumbles from one legislative nonstarter to the next, it’s becoming clearer that the president’s main fruits are his tweets.…

2 min.
global trade is good for small-town manufacturers

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is nothing if not a protectionist. He has promised time and again to tear up trade deals and build barriers against foreign people and products. Usually, he frames it as a defense of American manufacturers and the workers they employ. “I have visited cities and towns across this country where one-third or even half of manufacturing jobs have been wiped out in the last 20 years,” the then–presidential candidate said in one typical campaign address. “We import nearly $800 billion more in goods than we export. We can’t continue to do that.” But if the president goes through with his threats to raise the barriers to international trade, American companies will pay the price. Take Lektro Inc. For 72 years, the manufacturer of electric runway vehicles has operated out of…

2 min.
legislators dust off medieval methods to address the opioid crisis

FACED WITH A mounting number of opioidrelated overdoses, state lawmakers across the U.S. are turning to the devil they know. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, for example—a moderate Republican— declared in August that opioids and gangs made it “critical that our laws give law enforcement the appropriate tools and enforcement measures to keep everyone safe.” The “tools” he was referring to were stiff new mandatory minimum sentences. A pernicious legacy of the 1980s’ war on crack cocaine, mandatory minimums essentially allow prosecutors rather than judges to decide how long convicts will be imprisoned. Because the minimum sentences are statutorily imposed and nonnegotiable, they empower prosecutors to issue the most illiberal of ultimatums: Plead guilty, or face a long term that can’t be alleviated by mitigating factors. Baker thinks anyone who supplies opioids to a…

2 min.
will scotus bet on federalism?

NEW JERSEY IS on a constitutional collision course with the federal government— and with some of the biggest names in professional and college sports. At issue is whether Congress violates the 10th Amendment by forbidding the Garden State from partially repealing its statewide ban on sports betting. Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which comes before the U.S. Supreme Court this term, has the makings to be one of the biggest federalism cases in years. In 2012, New Jersey voters amended the state constitution to legalize sports betting at racet racks and casinos state- wide. Lawmakers responded by partially lifting an existing ban on the practice. But then the National Collegiate Ath- letic Association, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, and the Office of the Commissioner of…

4 min.
making history modern

SHE IS AN icon of 1920s modernity: an independent woman with bobbed hair and a short skirt, walking with her streamlined Borzoi, the quintessential Art Deco dog. Behind her is a New York City street. But instead of skyscrapers and neon lights, it’s lined with old-fashioned chimneyed houses. This image, with its up-to-the-minute foreground character and historic background tableau, is from a series of 1929 ads promoting the new season’s print fabrics from H.R. Mallinson & Co., a major silk-textile manufacturer. In a second ad, the modern woman, hand on hip, twirls her long pearl necklace in a stereotypical flapper gesture. In the background is a monument featuring the Mayflower and a hopeful-looking Pilgrim couple. A third ad shows the woman standing with her hand on a ledge, gazing thoughtfully in…