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Reason

July 2021
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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.
don’t try to fix big tech with politics

I DON’T KNOW the correct level of content moderation by Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Amazon. And neither do you. Sometimes I can pinpoint what looks to me like an obvious misstep: Facebook’s decision to block a New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop in the weeks before the 2020 presidential election, for instance, or Amazon’s refusal to carry a small number of books about trans issues without adequately explaining its decision. Tweets containing threats of violence left up indefinitely while mere tasteless jokes get swiftly removed. But I also know deciding what and whom to allow on your platform is a hard problem. Scale is hard: I know I’m not seeing millions of pieces of spam eliminated, bots blocked, irrelevant content filtered, duplicates removed. Consistency is hard: I know sometimes what’s…

4 min.
camping liberates kids and parents

PARENTS WHO WAIT with their kids at the bus stop, cheer every soccer game, and can’t imagine a child walking home alone from a play date two blocks away go through some kind of looking glass/time warp/brain transplant when they pull into a campground. “Bye, kids! Be back in time for dinner. Don’t feed the bears!” What is it about camping that turns 21st century worriers into parents with positively Spielbergian nonchalance? “At campgrounds, everyone just seems to expect to see kids roaming around,” says Lindsay Smith-Munoz, a scientist in Edmonton, Canada. “Maybe it’s just that there’s no one for the do-gooders to call? Social services isn’t going to drive two hours out of the city because some kids were spotted at a camp playground unsupervised.” Polly Karr, a Cleveland mother of three,…

3 min.
biden’s infrastructure plan confuses costs for benefits

THE LIST OF things that President Joe Biden hopes to accomplish with his American Jobs Plan is nearly as impressive as its $2 trillion price tag. “It’s not a plan that tinkers around the edges,” Biden bragged during an April speech in Pittsburgh. “It’s a once-in-a-generation investment in America. It’ll create millions of jobs, good-paying jobs. It’ll grow the economy, make us more competitive around the world, promote our national security interest, and put us in a position to win the global competition with China.” The president’s speech did not dwell on the specific projects he wants to fund or how he might go about delivering them in a cost-effective manner. He focused instead on all the money he plans to spend and its potential for stimulating the economy. For Biden,…

3 min.
state legislators want to nullify federal gun control

AS PRESIDENT JOE Biden takes executive action to strengthen federal gun laws, state legislators across the country are working to weaken their enforcement by emulating immigration activists. Since 1987, Oregon has prohibited law enforcement agencies from arresting or detaining people whose only crime was entering or living in the U.S. illegally. Hundreds of other jurisdictions have followed suit, becoming so-called sanctuary cities. “The methods that we need to use are the ones already being used by the left,” says Anthony Sabatini, a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives. “Nullifying unconstitutional federal laws is both legal and the right thing to do.” Sabatini is co-sponsoring a Florida bill that would bar state employees from enforcing or attempting to enforce any of several listed federal gun controls, including taxes, registrations, bans, and more.…

3 min.
sports betting pays off

THE ANNUAL MARCH Madness college basketball tournament has long been associated with sports betting, thanks to ubiquitous but technically illegal bracket pools in offices and bars. But this year’s tournament was different. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire event was played in Indiana. It was the first time that the NCAA had held any part of its biggest annual event in a state with legal sports betting—a reversal from previous NCAA policy. That’s a big deal not because of what happened but because of what didn’t. This year’s NCAA basketball tournament, which concluded on April 5 with Baylor University claiming its first national championship by throttling previously undefeated Gonzaga University, was not marred by scandal or corruption. There were no reports of thrown games or bribed refs. Contrary to the fears…

2 min.
no more traffic cops

IN APRIL, A Minnesota police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, during a traffic stop, supposedly after mistaking her gun for a Taser. That same week, a Virginia police officer was fired after the release of body camera footage that showed him pepper-spraying and handcuffing a black Army lieutenant who had the temerity to ask why he was being pulled over. Incidents like those, along with the high-profile deaths of motorists such as Philando Castile and Sandra Bland, underline the dangers of asking armed police officers to enforce traffic laws. Many reformers argue that the task should instead be assigned to unarmed civilians. “One-third of police-civilian contacts in our country happen through traffic stops,” UCLA law professor Joanna Schwartz noted in a 2018 Suffolk University Law Review article. “Eleven…