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Articles from Vol. 37, No. 5, October

Antonin Scalia, Judicial Activist: How the Conservative Justice Legislates from the Bench
With the Supreme Court back at the center of national attention, left and right alike point to Justice Antonin Scalia as the very model of the modern conservative jurist. President Bush has cited him, along with Clarence Thomas, as the sort of strict...
Creative Accounting: Taking Stock of Big Ideas
Is innovation endangered? An analysis in the journal Technological Forecasting & Social Change suggests it may be. Jonathan Huebner, a physicist working at the Pentagon's Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, takes a look at two measures of technological...
Fifth Columnist
Earlier this year, libertarians greeted with enthusiasm the news that The New York Times' John Tierney had been tapped to succeed the Times' William Satire on the country's most influential liberal op-ed page. A libertarian himself, Tierney once ushered...
Grand Theft Scapegoat: The Ridiculous Jihad against Video Games
In May, By a vote of 106 to 6, the Illinois legislature passed a measure banning the sale of "violent" and "sexually explicit" video games to minors. The California Assembly is considering its own version of a prohibition on game sales to the underaged,...
In Defense of Happy Pills: Why Talk to a Shrink If Prozac or Zoloft Will Do the Trick?
THE FIRST TIME I did heroin, it was a Listening to Prozac moment. Like the patients that psychiatrist Peter Kramer describes in his 1993 book, I felt the way I wished to be, but better than I'd thought possible. Moments before, I'd been insanely...
Millions of Ghandhis: The Power of Nonviolent Revolution
"Spreading freedom" has become the White House's all-purpose justification for war, but wars aren't necessarily the best way to plant the seeds of liberty. A recent study from the D.C.-based group Freedom House suggests that the most effective movements...
Pansies of New York: Bend over for Feel-Good Policing
It's been A long time since New York City, home of the Bronx Cheer, the one-finger salute, and at least one headless body in a topless bar, was the world capital of feisty, in-your-face attitude. But who could have predicted that 21st-century New Yorkers...
Porn Inspectors: Adult Industry Fights Tight Rules
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is eager to keep a closer eye on porn--and this is one time the adult entertainment industry would prefer a smaller audience. The Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for producers and distributors of adult content,...
Property and Privilege
The recent dreadful decision of the United States Supreme Court in Kelo v. City of New London held that New London could take the homes of ordinary citizens in the name of urban planning. It didn't seem to matter to the five-member majority that the...
Rethinking the Social Responsibility of Business: A Reason Debate Featuring Milton Friedman, Whole Foods' John Mackey, and Cypress Semiconductor's T.J. Rodgers
Thirty-five years ago, Milton Friedman wrote a famous article for The New York Times Magazine whose title aptly summed up its main point: "The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits." The future Nobel laureate in economics had...
The Man Who Marketed Sperm: From Eugenicist to Entrepreneur
I'm staring at a six-foot, 190-pound, Irish/Italian research scientist who lists his interests as "Golf/Roasting Coffee." If I want him, he's mine--or at least his sperm is, for the piddling price of $300 plus shipping. At the Fairfax Cryobank's Web...
The Second Romanian Revolution Will Be Televised: The TV Show Dallas Helped Overthrow Ceausescu. Now Gangsta Rap and Pop Culture Are Driving out Corrupt Post-Soviet Thugs
Mr. Benea, regrettably, is not in. Yes, our 12 p.m. interview was on the calendar, and certainly he appreciates that it was a hot three-hour train trip from the Romanian capital city of Bucharest to Slobozia, a forgettable little transit town half-way...
Virtual Community, Real Debate
One of the aims of reason is to act as a virtual community for libertarians, to provide a place where people interested in "Free Minds and Free Markets" can come together not just for news and analysis but also to hash out differences of opinion. So...
Why the New York Times Love Eminent Domain: Elite Newspapers and Liberal Activists Embrace the Kelo Decision at Their Long-Term Peril
On September 24, 2001, as New York firefighters were still picking their comrades' body parts out of the World Trade Center wreckage, New York Times Co.Vice Chairman and Senior Vice President Michael Golden announced that the Gray Lady was ready to...