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Articles from Vol. 44, No. 9, February

Beware Obama's Big Ideas: The President and His Fans Say the Best Is Yet to Come. That Can't Be Good
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE WAY President Barack Obama's acolytes are calling for bold action in his second term, you'd think he had been some kind of prudent Calvin Coolidge in his first. "A strategic second term would begin by identifying a...
Caffeine Jitters: Energy Drink Panic
MONSTER BEVERAGE'S stock price took a hit in October after The New York Times reported that the company's energy drinks had been "cited in deaths." The Times followed up the next day with a story headlined "Safety Becomes a Concern With High-Caffeine...
Can Money Buy Happiness after All? New Research Suggests an Old Paradox Might Not Be True
"EVERYBODY WANTS more cash!" declares Capital One bankcard TV pitchman Jimmy Fallon. Everyone except for one cute baby, that is, who rejects Fallon's offer of 50 percent more cash back by throwing Cheerios at him. Perhaps the Capital One baby is a...
Drug Dealing and Legal Stealing: The Feds Try to Take a Family's Motel Because Some of Its Guests Broke the Law
AT THE COSMOPOLITAN, a luxury hotel and casino in Las Vegas, "just the right amount of wrong" is the naughty fun you get for $200 a night. At the $57-a-night Motel Caswell in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, just the right amount of wrong is what the federal...
Get States off the Federal Dole: Why Are U.S. Taxpayers Footing the Bill for Surveillance Cameras in Alaska?
IN THE WAKE of Hurricane Sandy and the havoc it wrought on New York, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said they would ask the federal government to cover at least 90 percent--and perhaps all--of the cleanup and recovery costs....
How YouTube Saved TV: From Farting Babies to Multiplatform Sitcoms, the Online Video Giant Has It All
A HALF-DOZEN YEARS ago, when the growing complexity of shows like Lost and 24 was making great swathes of prime time all but indecipherable to casual viewers, YouTube emerged as TV for dummies, a gloriously dependable source of old-fashioned cathode...
Loving Hating Breitbart: A Powerful Post-Partisan Message from a Documentary about an Infamous Right-Winger
THE LATE ONLINE impresario Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012) was firmly on the right side of the political spectrum. But a new documentary about his life, Hating Breitbart, transcends his politics and instead captures the tectonic shift he helped bring...
Misplaced Marijuana: Rescheduling Petition
SINCE 1970, when Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act, marijuana has been listed on Schedule I, which is supposedly reserved for drugs with a high abuse potential and no accepted medical value that cannot be used safely even under a doctor's...
Ron Paul's Last Stand: A Post-Mortem on Dr. No's Final Presidential Bid
RON PAUL ran for president and lost. "We knew going in it was a longshot," says Dimitri Kesari, who coordinated state efforts for the 12-term (over three separate stints) Texas congressman's second and final GOP primary campaign. "If victory was...
Sex and Violence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Phil Harvey made his fortune selling sex toys and adult films through his Adam & Eve mail order business. Since then, he has supported libertarian causes (including the Reason Foundation, which publishes this magazine)...
Show Me Your License, Daddy-O: How New York City Tried to Regulate Bebop to Death
IN MAY 1951, the famed saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker stepped onstage at Birdland, the Manhattan club named in his honor, to do some guest solo work for a band led by the Afro-Cuban percussionist Machito. It would be 15 months before Parker would...
Story of the Hurricane
In the January 1993 issue of reason, Miami-based writer Glenn Garvin described the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in terms that might seem familiar to New Yorkers and other victims of another storm, Sandy, which hit this fall: "Within minutes of Andrew's...
The Education Visionary: Khan Academy Founder Salman Khan on the Future of Learning
"THERE'S A LOT MORE demand for people who want to just improve themselves than anyone would have guessed," says Salman Khan, founder of the wildly popular free educational video series that bears his name and author of the new book The One World Schoolhouse:...
The Last Leftist: The Late Howard Zinn, Author of A People's History of the United States, Puts Today's Lefties to Shame
Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left, by Martin Duberman, The New Press, 344 pages, $26.95 THERE WAS ONCE a radical left in the United States. Back then, it was common to hear on college campuses and in respectable left-wing publications that liberals...
The Neoliberal Revolution: A New Book Gives Hayek, Friedman, and Others Too Much Credit-And Too Little
Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics, by Daniel Stedman Jones, Princeton University Press, 424 pages, $35 THE 20TH CENTURY saw two great economic revolutions: socialism and neoliberalism. Socialist ideas...
The 'Truth' Hurts: How the Fact-Checking Press Gives the President a Pass
FOR MANY IN THE MEDIA, the crowning moment of the Republican Party's long, campaign-accelerated slide into full-blown, fact-free delusion came on election night just after Fox News called the state of Ohio--and therefore the election--for President...
The War on Sex Workers: An Unholy Alliance of Feminists, Cops, and Conservatives Hurts Women in the Name of Defending Their Rights
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ON AUGUST 30, a 19-year-old woman in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was arrested after a prospective client called 911 on her. He claimed she raised her fee for services after their initial online contact. The cops took her away in...