Magazine article Reason

35 Years of Reason: A History in Excerpts

Magazine article Reason

35 Years of Reason: A History in Excerpts

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"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 to ignore your mind. We won't.

When REASON speaks of poverty, racism, the draft, the war, student power, politics, and other vital issues, it shall be reasons, not slogans, it gives for conclusions. Proof, not belligerent assertion. Logic, not legends. Coherance [sic], not contradictions. This is our promise: this is the reason for REASON."

--from the first issue, May 1968

September 1969

A private business whose sales volume had increased 15-20% annually for seven years (and showed many signs of continuing to do so) would probably view its future with eager anticipation. In the government-controlled, privately "owned" cartel known as commercial aviation, however, the expected growth in air travel is viewed ... in horror.

--"Fly the Frenzied Skies," Robert Poole Jr.

January 1970

We are trapped in the middle of a street war between two breeds of pigs, the police and the New Left.

--"Animal Farm 1970," Lanny Friedlander

April/May 1971

The natural tendency of a bureaucracy is to defend and perpetuate itself, to resist all fundamental change. A business which does this eventually goes bankrupt ... unless ... it can get the State to protect it from competition through a legally enforced monopoly. This, of course, is precisely what the public school system is all about.

--The Case for Education Vouchers," Robert Poole Jr.

October 1971

President Nixon's executive order providing for stabilization of price, rents and wages is an act of supreme defiance against the free market and the freedom of Americans.

--"The Wage-Price Freeze: Bold Action Against Free Enterprise," Manuel S. Klausner

August 1972

It is quite possible that the advances in human biology in the remainder of the twentieth century will be remembered as the most significant scientific achievement of the animal species known as Homo sapiens. But in order to become a part of medical history, parahuman reproduction and human genetic engineering must circumvent the recalcitrance of an antiquated culture. If they succeed, the rewards will be immeasurable.

--"The New Biology," Winston L. Duke

June 1973

A very important secondary objective--second only to the objective of getting a change in our Vietnam policy--was the hope of changing the tolerance of Executive secrecy that had grown up over the last quarter of a century both in Congress and the courts and in the public at large. It seemed to me that our Vietnam policy reflected an accumulation of Executive power, which in turn had exploited very critically this tolerance of Executive secrecy.

--"Why I Did It!," an interview with Daniel Ellsberg

July 1974

The Watergate scandal has spawned numerous proposals for limitations on private campaign contributions and total campaign spending, as well as plans to finance campaigns out of tax revenues. All of these proposals would deny fundamental rights of individuals, increase the politicians' control of elections and do nothing to eliminate the root causes of Watergate.

--"The Libertarian Case Against 'Public' Financing of Elections," Sara Baase

October 1974

If someone who has more authority or power than you do wants to pin a nasty label on you, and wants to justify this by what drug you take.... There is no use telling him that it's none of his business what drug you take: he will ... say that you are a menace to civilized society. What you must tell a person who wants to stigmatize you because of the drug you take is not that the drug is harmless but that he is harmful.

--"Straight Talk From Thomas Szasz: A Reason Interview"

July 1975

REASON: Let me ask you do you believe in conscription? …

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