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Articles from Vol. 35, No. 7, December

35 Heroes of Freedom: Celebrating the People Who Have Made the World Groovier and Groovier since 1968
"THINGS ARE A lot groovier now," declared former reason Editor-in-Chief Robert W. Poole back in 1988, on the occasion of reason's 20th anniversary. During the magazine's first two decades, he pointed out, all sorts of political and cultural changes...
35 Years of Reason: A History in Excerpts
"INTRODUCING REASON: We accept the responsibility that others have defaulted on. Others preferred to smear the issues with irrelevancies and falsifications. We don't. Others preferred to be incomprehensible and incoherant [sic]. We don't. Others preferred...
A Bolshie Born Every Minute
ON AUGUST 14, 2003, two British Trotskyists made an unnerving discovery. One, part of a group called Workers Power, had been showing off a photo of himself with two comrades from Ukraine. The other, from the rival International Bolshevik Tendency,...
Agency Provocateur
Federal regulators wield enormous power over American life and commerce, but anyone seeking to understand the reams of rules these agencies produce each year is soon lost in a labyrinth of inscrutable acronyms, technical jargon, and overlapping spheres...
Balance Sheet
Political Poison A survey of people aged 15-26 by the Representative Democracy in America Project finds the job of politician is held in low regard by young people. The most popular profession among respondents is businessperson. Red Weddings...
Bob Barr, Civil Libertarian: The Right Wing of the ACLU
AFTER ENTERING THE House of Representatives in 1995, Georgia Republican Bob Barr acquired a reputation as one of the most conservative members of Congress. It was Barr who in 1996 wrote the Defense of Marriage Act, which said states didn't have to...
Carry On
THE NUMBER OF states that allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms hit 36 in September, up from 10 in 1986. The three-dozen mark was reached after Missouri's legislature voted to override Guy. Bob Holden's veto of a right-to-carry bill....
Divorcees and Social Engineers: Fathers Face off against the Marriage Movement
IT IS NOW a truth more or less universally acknowledged that children are better off when they have fathers and when their fathers are actively involved in their lives. But where do we go from there? Should the government be promoting fatherhood, marriage,...
Drug Rush: Limbaugh to Listeners: I Belong in Jail!
RUSH LIMBAUGH MAY not be arrested, let alone spend time behind bars, for illegally buying narcotic painkillers. "We're not sure whether he will be charged, a law enforcement source told CNN in early October. "We're going after the big fish, both the...
Economic Education
IT DOESN'T TAKE a Ph.D. to see that college tuition costs are skyrocketing. Data from the Census Bureau and College Board show it will cost you 202 percent more to sport a mortarboard today than it did in 1981, and during the last year alone average...
Five Forgotten Schools
The increasing demand for charter schools, and the educational options they provide, has been elevated by the belief that urban schools need dramatic improvement. But why hasn't this push produced more results? The story of five forgotten schools serves...
Live from Chapel Perilous: We're Living in Robert Anton Wilson's World
In 1973 Thomas Pynchon published an enormous experimental novel called Gravity's Rainbow. In 1975 Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson published an enormous experimental trilogy called Illuminatus! Both were written at about the same time, and both...
Misreading Millennials: The Politics of a Rising Generation
THE MILLENNIALS--THE teens and young twentysomethings born after 1981--are coming of age at a time when American culture's longstanding youth fetish is reaching autoparodic proportions. Adults today may not smoke dope with the neighbor kids like American...
Orient Obsess: A Lackluster Look at Americans Abroad
American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945, by Douglas Little, chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 424 pages, $34.95. IN HIS BOOK The Dream Palace of the Arabs (1998), the Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami...
Poor Man's Hero: Controversial Writer Johan Norberg Champions Globalization as the Best Hope for the Developing World
IF THERE IS any moral certainty underpinning today's anti-globalization movement, it's that desperate actions from sometimes violent street demonstrations to public crop burnings to dressing up as giant sea turtles--are needed to protect the traditions,...
The Smaller the Better: The Limitless Promise of Nanotechnology-And the Growing Peril of a Moratorium
"THE BEST WAY I can describe it is if you close your eyes and dream. You could never be hungry, never be sick, have all the energy you need, all the water, all the food and no diseases. There is no aspect in the world economy or your personal life...
Time Enough for Love
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN'S late wife, Virginia, used to tell people that before the science fiction legend died in 1988, the couple decided to burn all the remaining copies of his unpublished first novel, For Us, the Living: d Comedy of Customs. The book,...
What's Left?
REGISTERED Libertarian Brady Joslin laughs when asked if he ever expected to vote for a Democrat, then exclaims, "Hell, no!" So how did he come to launch a Web site with the double-take-inducing name "Libertarians for Dean"? Joslin says he was motivated...