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Reason October 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.
trump wants to win at trade. he’s missing the point.

DONALD TRUMP IS screwing up the ultimatum game. The classic psychology experiment works like this: One player is given some amount of money, say $20, and told to divide it between herself and another player however she pleases. The second player can accept or reject the offer. If he agrees, both players keep the money. If he declines, both players walk away emptyhanded. In theory, the second player should accept any offer. After all, something is better than nothing. But that’s not what people do. When offered less than 30 percent of the total, peeved second players consistently turn it down. Tweaking the terms can change the outcome on the margins, but not the underlying fact that even when people are getting something for nothing, they’re willing to sabotage their own material…

2 min.
jeff sessions, glutton for punishment

ERIC HOLDER, WHO as Barack Obama’s attorney general declared that “too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long,” encouraged federal prosecutors to be more judicious in bringing drug charges that carry mandatory minimum sentences. Jeff Sessions, who faults the previous administration for not locking up enough Americans, was quick to rescind Holder’s policy after Donald Trump appointed him to run the Department of Justice (DOJ). If prosecutors follow his lead, more drug offenders will be facing long stretches in federal prison. In a 2010 memo, Holder emphasized the importance of “individualized assessment” in deciding how to charge defendants. Three years later, he went further, telling prosecutors they should omit drug weight, which is what triggers mandatory minimums, from charges against nonviolent drug offenders without leadership roles, significant…

2 min.
the rise of atomic humanism

“ONLY NUCLEAR CAN lift all humans out of poverty while saving the natural environment,” Michael Shellenberger said in his keynote address at the June meeting of the American Nuclear Society. “Nothing else— not coal, not solar, not geo-engineering— can do that.” This, he declared, is one of the first principles of “atomic humanism.” Shellenberger is the founder of the green group Environmental Progress, which argues that the best tool for fighting climate change is the no-carbon power generated by nuclear reactors. His speech offered a tour through the sorry history of the environmentalist movement’s falsehoods and exaggerations about the technology. It begins with Ralph Nader, who started training activists on how to stop new nuclear plants in the 1960s. (“A nuclear plant could wipe out Cleveland,” Nader once declared, “and the survivors…

1 min.
should you tell the cops you have a gun?

THE FATAL SHOOTING of Philando Castile last year by a Minnesota police officer reinvigorated an old debate about how people who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon (CCW) should handle interactions with the cops. The officer, who was acquitted of manslaughter in June, panicked during a traffic stop after Castile, a CCW licensee, told him he was armed. Some gun owners argue that disclosure is considerate and prudent, while others worry it will escalate a routine traffic stop into a tense, unpleasant, and possibly life-threatening encounter. But virtually everyone agrees it’s important to know the relevant legal requirements, which vary from state to state.…

3 min.
mississippi’s jump-out boys

BETTY JEAN TUCKER, a 62-year-old resident of Canton, Mississippi, says she was hosting a barbecue for family and friends in 2014 when several unmarked cars appeared. Plainclothes deputies from the Madison County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) jumped out. Without a warrant, they detained and searched all her guests, going so far as to rummage through everyone’s pockets, she says. After finding nothing, the deputies got back in their cars and drove off without explanation. It wasn’t the first time Tucker had a run-in with the MCSD. About five years ago, she says, her teenage grandson was in her front yard, fixing his brother’s bicycle, when an unmarked truck sped toward him and stopped. Two plainclothes officers jumped out, tackled him to the ground, and searched him. Again finding nothing, the deputies left.…

3 min.
john mccain: the anti-trump

FOR BOTH GOOD and ill, Sen. John McCain of Arizona is the closest the Republican Party has to the opposite of Donald Trump. He is the moral conscience that promises to check the president’s excesses, and he is the hypocritical Washington lifer whose cynical rhetoric and interventionist passions helped create the Trumpian backlash in the first place. McCain, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in July, famously spent five-plus years imprisoned in Vietnam; Trump meanwhile received five deferments exempting him from the conflict. Trump believes that torture “absolutely works,” and on the campaign trail advocated violating Geneva Convention prohibitions and overruling his own military brass if need be. (He later backtracked on the latter threat.) McCain, an actual victim of torture, is the leading Republican opponent of the practice, arguing that…