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Reason July 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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7 min.
when you’re done reading this issue of reason , you might want to burn it

USUALLY REASON BRINGS you stories about people who have crossed the lines of legality, the people who help draw those lines, and the people who want to erase them entirely. This month we thought we’d try something a little different. In this issue, we offer how-tos, personal stories, and step-by-step guides for all kinds of activities that can and do happen right at the borders of legally permissible behavior. These stories are handily packaged into a removable section in the middle of the magazine. Pull it out and when you’re done reading, you can decide whether to keep the pages for future reference or to follow the instructions printed on the front and burn them. If you decide to hang out on the edges with us, a couple of notes. As we…

3 min.
the president shouldn’t act as an arms dealer to the saudis

IN MAY 2017, President Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia to finalize a massive $110 billion sale of “American-made” weapons. The deal was part of his America First initiative. “That was a tremendous day,” Trump said. “Hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs.” The Trump administration hopes to expand this effort via arms export deregulation. “We want to see those guys, the commercial and military attachés, unfettered to be salesmen for this stuff, to be promoters,” a senior administration official told Reuters. Every president promotes the sale of U.S. weapons. But Trump’s push is especially vigorous and is based on a misleading claim that increased sales will create thousands of jobs in the United States. The truth, however, is that the jobs generated from selling…

3 min.
in the future, we will all eat bugs

HERE IN THE U.S., we tend not to think of insects as food, and we’re horrified when they show up in our food. But in other parts of the world, people eat bugs on purpose. The United Nations calls insects “a highly significant food source for human populations.” The website edibleinsects.com claims people in 80 percent of all countries—amounting to one of every three humans—eat bugs. The things Americans want to keep out of our food are actually a great source of protein, fat, and fiber. In some places, the law effectively prevents people from thinking of grubs as grub. A fascinating piece in Food Navigator by Massimo Reverberi, founder of a Thailand-based bug-pasta company, suggests there is a regulatory divide between the English-speaking world, which he says has been fairly welcoming…

5 min.
stop trying to get workers out of their cars

IF YOU HATE urban sprawl, you’re probably familiar with the complaints of the “smart growth” movement: Roadways blight cities. Traffic congestion is the worst. Suburbanization harms the environment. Fortunately, say these smart growthers, there is an alternative: By piling on regulations and reallocating transportation-related tax money, we can “densify” our urban communities, allowing virtually everyone to live in a downtown area and forego driving in favor of walking or biking. Smart growth proponents have been gaining influence for decades. They’ve implemented urban growth boundaries (which greatly restrict the development of land outside a defined area), up-zoning (which tries to increase densities in existing neighborhoods by replacing single-family homes with apartments), and “road diets” (which take away traffic lanes to make room for wider sidewalks and bike lanes). Alas, there are inherent flaws…

6 min.
abolish ice

IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS Enforcement (ICE) was created in the panicked days after 9/11 to enhance national security. But its primary purpose has become hunting down and ejecting people whose main “crime” often is that they can’t obtain a piece of paper from the government authorizing them to live and work in the United States. America got along just fine for 225 years before ICE, the monstrous child of the wars on drugs and terrorism, was spawned. It can do so again. After 9/11, at the behest of the George W. Bush administration, lawmakers voted to consolidate 22 federal agencies and 170,000 employees under the Department of Homeland Security. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (previously part of the Justice Department) and the U.S. Customs Service (previously part of the Treasury Department) were swept…

4 min.
what’s cool about summer

HEADING OFF TO see a summer blockbuster? Thank the early 20th century movie hero who kicked off the phenomenon. Not Superman. Not Captain America. Not even Rin Tin Tin. William Carrier. In 1902, the young engineer was working for a heating outfit called Buffalo Forge. That company was approached by Sackett & Wilhelms, a print shop in Brooklyn that was facing a dilemma. Four-color printing meant paper had to be inked four separate times, with each run laying down a different hue. Thanks to humidity, sheets would often shrink or expand in the interim between inkings, making the finished image a mess. What could be done? Carrier came up with a way of “conditioning” the air in order to keep the temperature and moisture level steady. You can probably guess what he called…