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Articles from Vol. 32, No. 11, April

18th Century Man
"I write for anybody who's intelligent and who's interested in the subject," University of Alabama historian Forrest McDonald told C-SPAN's Brian Lamb back in 1994. Continuing in the same welcoming spirit, McDonald also offered that he writes in the...
A Rendezvous with Density
The FDR Memorial and the Clinton Era During the waning days of his much-besmirched presidency, as he frantically hustled about the globe in a desperate attempt to fix his "legacy," William Jefferson Clinton found time to dedicate a new and controversial...
Balance Sheet
ASSETS * Pond Scam. The Supreme Court finds that the Clean Water Act of 1972 does not apply to seasonal ponds used by migratory birds. Mudflats and gravel pits swollen by rain or melt water had gained officially protected status under the Army Corps...
Bush the Lesser
Nick Gillespie Living through a minimalist presidency It's hardly surprising that conservatives have been exceptionally quick to claim that a dark cloud of national scandal and shame lifted the very moment George W. Bush stammered through the...
Dumbing Down the Public: Why It Matters
On several occasions, I have found myself in a familiar dialogue. When I complain about low expectations in the schools, my opposite number says, "So what? Our economy is doing well, we win the lion's share of Nobel Prizes, and we have enough qualified...
Fly the Flag-Or Else
New Jersey Democrats may be experiencing a statewide case of buyer's remorse. Before the campaign began in earnest, the party rallied around Woodbridge Mayor Jim McGreevey as their candidate for the 2001 governor's race, elbowing out Sen. Bob Torricelli...
Goddamn the Pusher Man
Why does everybody seem to hate the pharmaceutical industry? Drug companies saved my marriage. Get that smirk off your face, for this is not a tale of Viagra. Two years ago, I asked Pamela to marry me. She said yes, making me a happy man--arguably...
Hate Squad
Concern about "hate crimes" is resuscitating the Chicago police department's long-dormant Red Squad, an intelligence unit that specialized in infiltrating, harassing, and gathering intelligence on political groups. Since 1981, Chicago's cops have been...
Hell's Bells
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was supposed to open up the local phone loop and end the so-called Baby Bells' monopolies. Instead, the Bells filed lawsuits to protect their privileges, then dragged their feet; now they're appealing to politicians...
In God We Trust
The right wants to do to faith-based charity what the left has done to culture. George W. Bush's initiative to give federal money to faith-based organizations has drawn criticism in many tongues. Progressives are concerned about the separation of...
Monkeying around with the Self
Why support for biotech shouldn't foreclose the debate over its moral issues. By now, the script is predictable. A new breakthrough in biotechnology, actual or only planned, is announced and breathlessly hyped in the media; pundits left and right...
Policy Days
In which our man in Washington hears retirement talk, takes in an intentional congressional comedy show, and enjoys a Texas breakfast. Subj: Trolls under a bridge Date: 2/6/01 From: mwlynch@reason.com 'Tis the season to push policy. With...
San Francisco Bleat
Have the lights gone down forever in the City by the Bay? Last month, I was in a bar in San Francisco's eclectic Bernal Heights neighborhood, an area with a reputation for being relatively untouched by the '90s yuppie invasion. The bartenders live...
SEX, Economics & OTHER Legal Matters
Judge and scholar Richard A. Posner speaks out on the Clinton impeachment, the Microsoft case, and nude dancing. Richard A. Posner might be the most important and influential legal thinker alive. A professor at the University of Chicago Law School...
The Ghost of Energy Crisis Past
Take a ton of coal dust, spray on a binder of latex or tar, and turn it into briquettes. Then call it a synfuel and sell it for $20 to a utility. That's for less than the cost of production, but you'll still reap a fortune: The federal government will...
Title Ix's Pyrrhic Victory
How the quest for "gender equity" is killing men's athletic programs Former National Wrestling Champion Stephen Neal is grappling with his toughest opponent yet. The 6-foot-5-inch 270-pounder racked up numerous awards during his four-year wrestling...
Unsanctioned Webs
Critics have long charged the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the authority that assigns domain names, with artificially choking off the number of possible Web addresses. It's nice to have a site called reason.com, they suggest,...
Why Breed Distrust?
In January, the Food and Drug Administration released its revised regulations for foods produced using biotechnology. The new regs were a bit more onerous than what had come before, but not nearly enough to satisfy some pressure groups in Washington....