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Reason April 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 prohibition president

IN A JANUARY 8 prime-time border security speech so unpersuasive that only 2 percent of Quinnipiac poll respondents said it changed their minds, President Donald Trump did the country a rare rhetorical favor. By thoroughly blurring the lines between immigration and drug policy—at one point he claimed that “the border wall would very quickly pay for itself” because “the cost of illegal drugs exceeds $500 billion a year”—the president offered an unintentional lesson that the country has needed to learn for far too long: Prohibition kills. Ask most reasonable adults why the 18th Amendment, which banned the manufacture and distribution of alcoholic beverages, was a resounding policy failure, and they won’t hesitate: You cannot arrest out of existence a good or behavior enjoyed by millions of people. Black markets produce dangerous…

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OUT IN THE CALIFORNIA desert, on the site of an abandoned military base, you’ll find Slab City, where a mix of full-time squatters and transient retirees in RVs live without immediate access to either the electric grid or formal government. In Slab City: Dispatches from the Last Free Place (MIT Press), author Charlie Hailey and photographer Donovan Wylie explore the site, from the volunteer-run library to the informal swap-dump-or-recycle center called Slab Mart. And the homes: jerry-rigged places for people who value both the right to express themselves and the right to be left alone. Photos: Slab City: Dispatches from the Last Free Place/MIT Press…

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you can’t shut down space

ON THE 34TH day of the recent government shutdown at 4 p.m., a huge cloud billowed out from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. It had been produced by a successful static test fire of the Falcon 9, which will ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station sometime in the next few months. It will be the first such flight since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, essentially marking an American return to manned spaceflight. On the day of the test fire, about 95 percent of NASA’s workforce was on furlough, having been deemed nonessential to government functioning. How did NASA manage such a milestone with a skeleton crew? It didn’t. The Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon capsule that sits atop it were built by SpaceX, a…

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the irs targets drug policy reformers

A RECENTLY ADOPTED IRS rule for tax-exempt organizations seems to violate the First Amendment by taking aim at groups that support drug policy reform. The rule, described in an Internal Revenue Bulletin dated January 2, 2018, says the IRS will deny tax-exempt status to “an organization whose purpose is directed to the improvement of business conditions of one or more lines of business relating to an activity involving controlled substances (within the meaning of schedule I and II of the Controlled Substances Act) which is prohibited by Federal law regardless of its legality under the law of the state in which such activity is conducted.” As Washington, D.C., lawyers David Rivkin and Randal Meyer pointed out in The Wall Street Journal, that language arguably covers organizations that advocate legalization of marijuana (or…

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is redistricting depriving women of their voting rights?

SINCE AT LEAST 2004, when the Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Pennsylvania’s congressional district boundaries because there was not a good enough way to quantify gerrymandering, the problem facing would-be reformers is this: How do you measure something that’s best understood by how it affects other things? Last year, reformers thought they had solved that conundrum. Armed with a new metric called the “Efficiency Gap”—a formula that claims to demonstrate how gerrymandering makes congressional races less competitive—they asked the Supreme Court to toss out Wisconsin’s congressional map. The court refused, emphatically. In a unanimous ruling, the nine justices agreed that the Supreme Court would not be responsible “for vindicating generalized partisan preferences.” The court could, however, be interested in adjudicating specific cases of disenfranchisement as a result of unfairly drawn districts,…

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congress passed the first step act. what’s the second step?

IN THE WANING days of the 115th Congress, the first major criminal justice bill in eight years was passed. The FIRST STEP Act was both a modest achievement in terms of the bill’s scope and a monumental victory merely because Congress did something. But what does the legislation that President Donald Trump signed actually say? • It requires the Bureau of Prisons to house inmates within 500 driving miles of their home when possible. Regular contact with family can be a significant factor in reducing recidivism among inmates, but families often have to travel long distances at great expense to see incarcerated loved ones. • It increases the amount of “good time” credits inmates can earn toward their release by avoiding disciplinary infractions, to a maximum of 54 days a year. • It…

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