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Reason May 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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5 min.
good neighbors can make good fences

GOOD FENCES MAKE good neighbors, or so Robert Frost reminds us in his annoyingly overused and frequently misquoted high school literature class staple. The poem that made the adage famous actually offers a more ambiguous take on the utility of border barriers than its signature line would suggest, with the speaker musing: “Before I built a wall I’d ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out, / And to whom I was like to give offence.” The question of what exactly is being walled in or walled out by Donald Trump’s barrier—he issued commands for the “immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border” in a January 25 executive order—is trickier to answer than it initially appears. The short answer, illegal immigrants, is an unsatisfactory…

2 min.
dial * for trump

EVEN BEFORE TAKING office, President Donald Trump rattled foreign capitals. He took a call from the president of Taiwan in December, breaking decades of precedent. He accused Germany of ripping off the United States. He said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is “obsolete.” As promised repeatedly during the campaign, Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called any efforts to continue the pact without the U.S. “meaningless.” Abe was the first foreign leader Trump met with after his election, and then in February the president invited Abe to stay at his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida, a gesture the White House press secretary described as a “gift.” Trump said the U.S. would seek new deals with Japan that were “free, fair, and reciprocal.” In January, Trump authorized…

2 min.
airbnb: public enemy no. 1?

NEW YORK PASSED one of the nation’s most onerous anti-homesharing laws last year, but residents don’t seem to be taking it all that seriously. There were more than 55,000 Airbnb rentals in the Big Apple on the final night of 2016, the San Francisco–based homesharing service reports, up from about 47,000 on December 31, 2015. That made New York City the world’s top Airbnb destination on New Year’s Eve, despite the state law that prohibits the advertising of short-term rentals and the threat of $7,500 fines. It was a fitting end to 2016, a year that saw more people than ever before using homesharing applications such as Airbnb and HomeAway, even as many states and cities cracked down on the practice. Other cities have been less straightforward about it. In Chicago, short-term rentals…

3 min.
where radar cameras fear to tread

ARIZONANS AREN’T BIG fans of being nagged about the weight of their feet on their accelerators. A few years ago, county officials set up a mobile radar speed sign along the road to my old house. It looked lonely out there amid the tumbleweeds with only coyotes and rattlesnakes for company. Sure enough, within a day, I was treated to the sight of sheriff’s deputies and county workers clustered sadly around the device, which had—apparently in despair over its isolated condition—leapt head-first into an arroyo. State residents were also unhappy when speed cameras sprouted along the roads with ticket books attached. In 2008, Arizona officials signed a deal with Redflex, an Australian photo-enforcement company, to pioneer the first statewide system for robotically extracting money from people’s wallets—oh, and “to modify driver behavior…

1 min.
new book from the cato institute

Cogently evaluates Thomas Piketty’s work .... should be widely read. “ “ —PASCAL SALIN, Paris-Dauphine UniversityEminently readable and precise. It is superb! “ “ —DOUGLAS B. RASMUSSEN, St. John’s UniversityBrings together many of the best criticisms of Thomas Piketty. “ “ —PETER BOETTKE, George Mason University Thomas Piketty’s well-received book Capital in the Twenty-First Century provided a new theory about wealth and inequality. However, there have been major criticisms of his work. Anti-Piketty: Capital for the 21st Century brings together key criticisms from 20 specialists who provide rigorous arguments against Piketty’s work while examining the issues of inequality, growth, wealth, and capital AVAILABLE AS A PAPERBACK AND EBOOK FROM RETAILERS NATIONWIDE.…

2 min.
when courts kill executive orders

ON APRIL 4, 1952, the United Steelworkers of America called for a nationwide strike in the hopes of driving up wages throughout the steel industry. But on the eve of the planned walkout, President Harry Truman stuck his nose where it didn’t belong. With the stroke of a pen, Truman killed the strike by ordering Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer to seize control of most of the nation’s privately owned steel mills and operate them on behalf of the federal government. How did Truman justify this sweeping exercise of presidential authority? How else? He raised the specter of national security and invoked his “inherent powers” as commander in chief. Pointing to the presence of U.S. forces in Korea, Truman insisted that the success of the war effort depended on the president’s…