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Reason October 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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6 min.
‘you’re all a bunch of socialists!’

IN MILTON FRIEDMAN’S memoir, written with his wife and partner Rose, he recounts the story of the founding of the Mont Pelerin Society in the late 1940s. “Although all of the participants shared the same basic values,” Friedman writes of a crew that included Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, and Karl Popper, “they were by no means agreed on how to counter the attack on those values, or on the politics required to implement them.” This disagreement culminated in a particularly touchy meeting where the Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises, frustrated with the direction of the conversation, stood up, declared “You’re all a bunch of socialists!” and stomped out of the room. If that is what happens when the gods gather at Olympus, what hope is there for peace among mere mortals? This…

3 min.
don’t homeschool your kids, unschool them

MANY FAMILIES LEAVE traditional educational institutions because they value individual freedom and recognize the ways in which compulsory mass schooling can halt creativity and deter originality in the name of obedience and conformity. But too many wind up replicating the same systems at home. They import the same packaged curriculum and testing, the same gold stars and check marks, the same coercion and control inherent in the brick-and-mortar holding pens where so many children spend the bulk of their early lives. Today, homeschoolers are increasingly ridding themselves not just of schools but of traditional notions about schooling. These so-called “unschoolers” allow children to explore topics they are passionate about, while being supported by the abundant resources of both real and virtual communities. For California mother Heather Greenwood, this balance means encouraging her…

3 min.
gorsuch’s record was more ‘liberal’ than kennedy’s this term

HERE’S A CURIOUS fact about the U.S. Supreme Court term that concluded in June: Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch racked up a more “liberal” voting record than Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy did not join the Court’s liberal bloc in a single 5–4 decision in the entire 2017–2018 sitting. That’s unusual. In previous terms, Kennedy’s fifth vote decided such contentious issues as gay marriage and abortion. Gorsuch, on the other hand, did side with the liberal bloc in Sessions v. Dimaya, which struck down a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act dealing with the power of the federal government to deport any alien, including a lawful permanent resident, convicted of an “aggravated felony.” Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the majority, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor. Gorsuch, who concurred…

3 min.
a crummy law leads to crummy gmo regulations

THE NATIONAL BIOENGINEERED Food Disclosure Standard, signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2016, was billed as a compromise that would put an end to years of litigation over the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food. Now that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has gotten around to actually writing proposed regulations as required under the law, it’s more apparent than ever that the legislation will likely trigger years (if not decades) of continuing controversy, confusion, and court battles. Despite clear evidence showing GMOs are safe to eat, they have long been targeted by a variety of activists. In recent years, some states responded to the whims of these anti-GMO activists by passing mandatory labeling laws. Vermont’s short-lived law was so bad that it drew a First…

6 min.
dear immigration restrictionists: milton friedman was not on your side

THE LATE NOBEL Prize–winning economist Milton Friedman was a free market libertarian who believed that immigrants helped make America great. Yet he has become the restrictionist right’s weapon of choice to expunge the GOP’s pro-immigration faction. It’s working. The Jack Kemp–style immigration champions are in complete retreat in the GOP, and the ultra-restrictionists are on the march. How has the latter group accomplished this feat? Partly by taking Friedman’s vague and general observation that free immigration is not compatible with the welfare state out of context and repeating it like a mantra at every opportunity. Not an hour goes by without some restrictionist somewhere—on blogs, social media, online comments sections—invoking Friedman’s comment to justify President Donald Trump’s aggressive border enforcement and push to slash immigration. But these anti-immigrant conservatives are abusing Friedman. If…

2 min.
florida lawmakers deaf to the needs of hearing aid users

IT WOULDN’T MAKE much sense to require employees at Best Buy to understand the inner workings of vacuum tubes. Or to mandate that Apple Store staffers be fluent in the ancient language of telephone switchboards. Yet Florida says “hearing aid specialists” must pass multiple tests and be certified to conduct a full audiological exam, essentially quizzing them on skills and tech dating back to the 1950s. Those requirements are completely unnecessary for the proper fitting and testing of modern hearing aids, which are radically different than the obtrusive, potentially painful devices of your grandparents’ era. Today’s aids are sleek mini-speakers that nestle inside the ear canal. They can be configured over a Bluetooth connection with a computer or smartphone. And making people take antiquated classes limits access to hearing assistance providers and…