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Reason January 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 jeff flake matters

“THESE ARE CHALLENGING times,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R–Ariz.) said with a little selfeffacing chuckle. “The definition of what it means to be conservative has shifted dramatically over the last year or so.” We were at that most oxymoronic of Washington, D.C., events—a libertarian fundraiser for a major-party elected official. There are only about five people I’d consider doing this for, I have heard almost verbatim from hosts at two separate such gatherings in the grim political year of 2017. Los cincos amigos: Sens. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) and Mike Lee (R–Utah); Reps. Justin Amash (R–Mich.) and Thomas Massie (R–Ky.); and Flake. And then there were four. One week after the fundraiser, Flake made his exit from the world of electoral competition, announcing in an emotional Senate speech that he was no longer seeking re-election…

4 min.
the dangerous toys of christmas past

WHAT’S THAT BARE spot under the Christmas tree? It’s a silent salute to the toys we’ve lost to regulations and lawsuits over the years—toys that delighted many and maimed a few. Toys like the bizarre Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kid that, one wag noted, always seemed to be high. That’s because the ’90s doll was built to “eat” whatever you could fit into its soft rubber mouth, which served as a portal to some kind of internal turbine that—significantly—did not come with an “off” switch. While you could deliberately feed it everything from a plastic french fry to a stick of chalk, it had the doll equivalent of an eating disorder, obsessively consuming anything that got caught in its maw—including some little girls’ hair. And so, reported the Associated Press on December 30,…

2 min.
cops who claim they know when drivers are stoned

TO THE UNTRAINED eye, Katelyn Ebner seems completely sober in the 28-minute dashcam video of her 2016 encounter with a Georgia cop. But Cobb County police officer Tracy Carroll, who has pulled the 23-year-old waitress over for failing to maintain her lane as she made a left turn, perceives “numerous indicators” that Ebner is under the influence of marijuana. Ebner repeatedly assures Carroll she doesn’t “smoke weed” or “do any of that stuff” and volunteers to prove it by taking a drug test. “You’re going to jail, ma’am,” he replies. “I don’t have a magical drug test that I can give you right now.” Carroll does not need a magical drug test, because he is a magical drug test—or so the Cobb County Police Department would have us believe. The experiences of…

4 min.
trump takes on obamacare

Obamacare supporters argued that these actions amounted to intentional sabotage. The reality is likely to be less dramatic. IN OCTOBER, AS Republicans in Congress moved on from a failed effort to pass health care reform legislation, President Donald Trump took a series of steps to alter the administration of the Affordable Care Act on his own. He issued an executive order to create additional paths for individuals and small businesses to purchase insurance that does not comply with all of the law’s regulations. He also cut off a series of subsidy payments to health insurers that a federal court had ruled were illegal. These moves were preceded by a decision in September to reduce the money spent encouraging people to sign up for insurance through government-run exchanges. Supporters of the law, better known…

3 min.
the right to know might get you sued

OREGON RESIDENT KIM Sordyl had a hunch. The outspoken education activist thought Portland Public Schools might be using lengthy and expensive paid leaves to avoid firing problem employees. So she filed a public records request, looking for data to back up her suspicion. Instead of forking over the info—even after the county district attorney declared it part of the public record—the district sued Sordyl, along with a reporter who’d requested similar information, asking a judge to review the case in April. Being named in a lawsuit for filing a public records request was “just more of the same” from a school system that “goes to great lengths to protect themselves and administrators at the expense of students, staff, and taxpayers,” Sordyl says. But transparency advocates argue cases like hers are part of…

2 min.
authoritarians to the left and right

THE DIVIDE BETWEEN people on either side of the political aisle is now larger than at any point since 1994. The share of Democrats expressing very unfavorable attitudes toward Republicans grew from 16 percent to 44 percent over that period, according to Pew Research Center. The percentage of Republicans holding very unfavorable views of Democrats rose from 17 percent to 45 percent. “Partisan hostility in America today is not entirely rooted in different views of the world,” the researchers found. At least part of the problem is people’s “powerful but substantively vacuous” desire for tribal belonging. New research in Public Opinion Quarterly identifies what could be a significant factor fueling this rise: Americans’ authoritarian tendencies. Authoritarians are predisposed toward a group-centrism that is grounded in a need for order and certainty. Partisanship, like…