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Reason June 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.
a big fat freak-out over donald trump’s ‘skinny’ budget

Most of Trump’s budget cuts take the targeted agencies back to federal funding levels of the mid-’00s— hardly a Hobbesian state of nature. PRESIDENTIAL BUDGETS HAVE all the legal force of a letter to Santa—they’re essentially the White House asking Congress for a pony. The “skinny” blueprint released by the Office of Management and Budget in March is the result of even less consultation and collaboration than usual with the legislators who hold actual budget-making power, which makes wish fulfillment even more unlikely Nevertheless, when President Donald Trump announced $54 billion in cuts to several federal agencies, the press immediately got to work on its own form of slash fiction, fetishizing the appropriations status quo and moaning over any possibility of budgetary restraint. “Donald Trump Budget Slashes Funds for E.P.A. and State Department,”…

2 min.
florists lose on free expression

SORRY, FLORISTS: YOU may see yourselves as artists, but the state of Washington does not see bouquets as a form of expression. What’s more: Regardless of how you feel about same-sex marriages, you must provide your services to gay couples or face punishment. A unanimous Washington State Supreme Court in February held that a florist, Baronnelle Stutzman, violated the state’s public accommodation antidiscrimination laws when she declined to create floral arrangements for a same-sex couple planning a wedding The florist, owner of Arlene’s Flowers, said she was not discriminating against gay people, which is forbidden under state law. Rather, she argued, she had religious objections to recognizing same-sex marriages. By forcing her to provide her services for one such celebration, she felt she was being compelled to use her artistry to endorse…

3 min.
we all scream for the ice cream man’s head

PAUL DIMARCO HAS been selling ice cream in Poughkeepsie, New York, for two decades. He owns a fleet of trucks. When one mom confided to him, “You gotta be careful because there’s a lot of pedophiles in this world,” he recalls replying, “That attitude falls into the same category as ‘All black people that drive Cadillacs are pimps,’ and ‘All clowns kill little kids.’” Of course, some real-life ice cream men do have soft-serve for brains. There were the guys in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, who sold weed from their truck. Elsewhere in New York, an ice cream guy named Kenneth Leiton was busted in 2009 for selling pills and coke; cops caught him when he was dumb enough to park the truck in front of his dealer’s house. In Philadelphia in 2011,…

2 min.
will florida ban fracking?

FLORIDA PRODUCES VERY little oil and natural gas. According to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, it has just 64 wells in operation, which gave the world a total of 2 million barrels of oil and 20 billion cubic feet of natural gas in all of 2016. None of those were drilled using fracking techniques So why did the Florida Senate consider a ban in March? It turns out that familiarity breeds acceptance, according to a January 2017 working paper by the Oregon State University sociologist Hilary Boudet and her colleagues. In the Sunshine State, the inverse seems to be true. The authors wanted to find out how Americans who live next door to fracked wells feel about them, compared to folks who don’t. So they analyzed nationally representative survey data probing…

2 min.
israel decriminalizes pot possession

“MORE AND MORE citizens are demanding marijuana use be permitted,” Yohanan Danino, then Israel’s police chief, observed in 2015. “I think the time has come for the Israel police, together with the state, to re-examine their stance on cannabis. I think we must sit and study what’s happening around the world.” If it was surprising to hear a sitting police chief talk about tolerating cannabis consumption, it was even more surprising when the country’s right-wing government followed Danino’s advice, although it didn’t go quite as far as he suggested. In March, the Israeli cabinet approved a plan to replace criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of pot with civil fines. Under the plan, which was endorsed by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, a member of the conservative Likud Party, people 18 or…

1 min.
tech vs. tyranny

THIS MARCH AT the technology conference South by Southwest, a group of international dissidents collected usb drives to be wiped clean, filled with news and other media, and smuggled into countries with oppressive governments. Passersby who wanted to donate a drive could do so by shoving it into the mouth of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. “The struggle for freedom used to be about who has more guns,” says the Human Rights Foundation’s Thor Halvorssen. “Now information is a key component.”…