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Reason March 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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5 min.
your'e not going to die in a plane crash

Presidents are not all-powerful wizards with an ability to control their domain completely and manipulate it at will. They certainly do not personally sustain heavier-than-air flight. It’s extremely difficult—indeed, nearly impossible—to get yourself killed while traveling on an American airline these days. The last fatal accident on a U.S. commercial passenger airline was in 2009, when a Continental Connection flight crashed into a house near Buffalo, killing 49 people aboard and one on the ground. Smaller turbo prop and cargo planes have been occasionally involved in fatal crashes since then. But if you are a typical traveler, you’re unlikely to wind up on one of those flights. And 2017 was a particularly good year. Globally, it was “the safest year for aviation ever,” as Adrian Young of the Dutch consulting firm To70 told…

2 min.
the awful supreme court precedent that helped create today’s asset forfeiture nightmare

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE is one of the most destructive and flagrantly unconstitutional government practices occurring in the United States today. It lets law enforcement agencies seize cash, cars, homes, and other property from innocent people who have been neither charged nor convicted of any underlying crime. The property is then either sold, with the government pocketing all or most of the proceeds, or put to use by the agency that took it. Either way, the police profit from their own policing. All this, even though the Constitution clearly forbids the government from depriving any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. How did we get here? The U.S. Supreme Court deserves a share of the blame. In 1996, the country’s highest court issued a far-reaching opinion in Bennis…

2 min.
will hawaiians who use medical pot lose their right to own a gun?

HAWAII IS ONE of 29 states that allow medical use of marijuana. It’s also the only state that requires registration of all firearms. If you are familiar with the criteria that bar people from owning guns under federal law, you can probably surmise what the conjunction of these two facts means for patients who use cannabis as a medicine, which Hawaii allows them to do only if they register with the state. “Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition,” Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard said in a November 13 letter received by about 30 people on Oahu. “If you currently own or have any firearms, you have 30 days upon receipt of this letter to voluntarily surrender your firearms, permit, and ammunition to the Honolulu Police…

6 min.
the applied theory of bossing people around

RICHARD THALER WON the 2017 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. It’s not an original Nobel prize, as recipients in the other fields will be glad to inform you. Alfred Nobel detested economics. Nonetheless, since 1969, some 79 prizes have been given by the Swedish National Bank to economists, and one to a psychologist in economists’ clothing. Thaler is distinguished but not brilliant, which is par for the course. He works on “behavioral finance,” the study of mistakes people make when they talk to their stock broker. He can be counted as the second winner for “behavioral economics,” after the psychologist Daniel Kahneman. His prize was for the study of mistakes people make when they buy milk. Thaler’s is the 10th Nobel for finance. (What, labor economics doesn’t exist? Public finance is chopped…

3 min.
america’s secret death penalty drugs

IN NOVEMBER, THE Omaha World-Herald sent a simple records request to the Nebraska state government. Along with several other news outlets, the paper wanted to know the source of the drugs to be used in an upcoming execution—the first in the state in more than 20 years. In the past the Nebraska Department of Corrections would have provided this information, but now it refused. Officials there insisted that the supplier of the drugs the state intended to use, in the name of its citizens, to sedate, paralyze, and stop the beating heart of an inmate were exempt from Nebraska’s public record law. In December the Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued to challenge the denial. Nebraska is just the latest state to decide the executioner’s black hood of anonymity…

4 min.
don’t feed president troll

“PEOPLE ARE PROUD to be saying Merry Christmas again,” President Donald Trump bragged, predictably, on December 24. “AP FACT CHECK: Trump on making Christmas great again,” came the even more predictable reply from the Associated Press. This is no way to watchdog an administration, let alone celebrate a beloved holiday. Trump, an outsider con man who hustled his way into the most prestigious insider job in America by mastering the art of the troll, has not to date found his social media equal among the hydra-headed opposition. The president pecks out impotent bluster designed to inflame the haters, and Democrats, journalists, and establishmentarian Republicans take the bait every time. So instead of firing up the hyperbole machine after each fatuous tweet, perhaps we should work our way backward from the underlying power…