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Reason March 2019

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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the weekly standard was wrong about almost everything

ON DECEMBER 14, the staffers of The Weekly Standard were called into a meeting and told that the issue they’d just put to bed would be their last. Writers and editors, many of whom had been with the magazine since it was launched 23 years earlier, were ordered to clean out their offices by the end of the day. They were not given boxes. By Reason’s lights, the editors of The Weekly Standard were consistently wrong about almost everything: the advisability of foreign military adventurism, the ethics of bioengineering and reproductive technology, the prospects for a John McCain presidency, and how many biographies of Lionel Trilling any sane human being could possibly be expected to care about, just to name a few. For The Weekly Standard, the fundamental unit was the nation,…

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TEN RESIDENTS OF Tokyo, all of them paralyzed, spent several weeks in November and December working as waiters at an establishment called DAWN Café. Except they weren’t actually there in person. Instead, they did their serving and order taking using the 4-foot-tall OriHime-D robot, which they controlled from their homes. Those with the most severe paralysis can direct the waiter bots using only simple eye movements. The pop-up restaurant, which could become permanent in 2020, shows just how far robotic technology has come.…

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the suv that’s about to change asset forfeiture rules nationwide

THE FUTURE OF civil asset forfeiture law in the United States now revolves around a single car: Indiana resident Tyson Timbs’ $42,000 Land Rover. It’s a nice ride. So nice, in fact, that Timbs argues his constitutional rights under the Eighth Amendment were violated when the state seized it in 2015 after Timbs was arrested for selling heroin to two undercover cops. The SUV, which Timbs did not purchase with drug money, is worth four times the maximum fine for the crime he committed, a “grossly disproportionate” penalty, a lower state court found. The Indiana Supreme Court, however, ruled that the Eighth Amendment had yet to be applied to the states, unlike much of the rest of the Bill of Rights. So Timbs took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court,…

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moooving on from nafta

ONE OF THE few liberalizing policies contained in the Trump administration’s rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) amounts to little more than “a drop in the milk bucket,” according to one new analysis, while other measures will significantly limit free trade. Allowing American dairy farmers to export more of their goods to Canada, tariff-free, was a major goal for President Donald Trump in his yearlong effort to replace NAFTA with the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). The president has often harped on Canada’s dairy protectionism, citing it as a problem with the trade compact he famously described as “one of the worst deals” during his campaign for the White House. It was a rare instance in which Trump—who has described himself on Twitter as “Tariff Man”—took the side of free…

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political individualists are holding the country together

IT WAS SHORTLY after Donald Trump took office that the father of one of my son’s taekwondo classmates approached me in our small, reliably Republican Arizona town to chat about the new White House resident. “I’m actually a Democrat,” he whispered conspiratorially. “I don’t talk much about that here.” Soon thereafter, another friend confided that the leftier-than-thou neighbors in her Chicago suburb also had her watching what she said. “I’m surrounded by liberals and progressives until I drive a few miles west or south,” she told me. Both feel besieged but were comfortable turning to me because I don’t share in our age’s deep tribal divisions along political and cultural lines. The two leading factions of American politics can’t stop fighting each other. But if anybody can keep the peace, it may be those…

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what politicians must do when protesters at tack

IN JUNE, SECRETARY of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled out of MXDC, an upscale Mexican eatery in the nation’s capital. In September, Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Texas) and his wife were hounded from Georgetown’s Fiola. In each instance, protesters associated with the group Smash Racism D.C. entered the restaurants and harangued their targets until they left. The incidents provided further fodder for a newly heated national conversation about “civility” under Donald Trump’s presidency. Critics of the protesters bemoaned the radical left’s lack of good manners, while defenders argued that, with family separations at the border and the confirmation of an accused rapist to the Supreme Court, the time for politeness had passed. Both sides seemed to think the other was crossing lines that had previously been inviolable. But such a claim is…

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