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Reason is an American libertarian monthly magazine published by the Reason Foundation. The magazine has a circulation of around 50,000 and was named one of the 50 best magazines in 2003 and 2004 by the Chicago Tribune. Reason was founded in 1968 by Lanny Friedlander (1947–2011), a student at Boston University, as a more-or-less monthly mimeographed publication. In 1970 it was purchased by Robert W. Poole Jr., Manuel S. Klausner, and Tibor R. Machan, who set it on a more regular publishing schedule.Source
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Eleventh Circuit Enjoins Local Ordinances Barring "Conversion Therapy"

Eleventh Circuit Enjoins Local Ordinances Barring "Conversion Therapy"

Mostly law professors | Sometimes contrarian | Often libertarian | Always independentToday, in , a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit concluded that local bans on "sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE)" (aka "conversion therapy") are unconstitutional under the First Amendment. The laws in question, which had been adopted by Boca Raton and Palm Beach County, Florida, prohibited (in the words of the latter ordinance):the practice of seeking to change an individual's sexual orientation orgender identity, including but not limited to efforts to change...

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Judges Are Not Impressed by Rudy Giuliani's Evidence of 'Widespread Nationwide Voter Fraud'

Judges Are Not Impressed by Rudy Giuliani's Evidence of 'Widespread Nationwide Voter Fraud'

One evening a few years ago, I was approached by a friendly, seemingly rational man outside our apartment on Keren HaYesod in Jerusalem and somehow got sucked into a conversation about "." Try as I might, I could not seem to extricate myself as he spun an elaborate conspiracy theory and assured me there was plenty of evidence to back it up. I thought of that guy while watching Rudy Giuliani's yesterday, which began with an appeal to fair-mindedness before descending into madness.According to the told by Giuliani and two other Trump lawyers, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis, Democratic election...

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Andrew Cuomo's Emmy Award for His COVID-19 Briefings Is a Disgusting Prioritization of Style Over Substance

Andrew Cuomo's Emmy Award for His COVID-19 Briefings Is a Disgusting Prioritization of Style Over Substance

He's presided over the second most deadly COVID-19 outbreak in the country. He's implemented draconian lockdown restrictions that have devastated small businesses. He's fought with and mocked reporters trying to get basic answers to simple questions. Now, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will get an Emmy.On Friday, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences that Cuomo would be receiving the organization's International Emmy Founders Award, which "celebrates the accomplishments of an individual or organization, whose work is recognized throughout the world" and which crosses...

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Federal Circuit Court Rules Bans on LGBT Conversion Therapy for Minors Unconstitutional

Federal Circuit Court Rules Bans on LGBT Conversion Therapy for Minors Unconstitutional

Attempting to "cure" a gay or transgender minor via conversion therapy counts as protected First Amendment speech and can't simply be banned by ordinances, .LGBT activists and psychological experts have been targeting conversion therapy as a fraudulent practice that harms children for years. Some states have begun banning the treatment, starting with New Jersey and California in 2013. Now, , and several cities and counties have passed their own laws against it.Florida doesn't ban conversion therapy statewide, but the city of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County passed ordinances in 2017 that...

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Two Men Charged With Submitting >8000 Fraudulent Voter Registrations in Attempt to Get One Elected Mayor

Two Men Charged With Submitting >8000 Fraudulent Voter Registrations in Attempt to Get One Elected Mayor

Mostly law professors | Sometimes contrarian | Often libertarian | Always independentreports:A man who tried to run for mayor in Hawthorne pleaded not guilty Tuesday in connection with an alleged voter fraud case in which thousands of fraudulent voter registration applications were allegedly submitted on behalf of homeless people, a fraud effort that prosecutors allege was being funded by the criminal gang MS-13.Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro—also known as Mark Anthony Gonsalves—is charged with 18 felony counts of voter fraud, 11 felony counts of procuring a false or forged...

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Listen to the Science, Listen to the Students: Schools Can and Must Reopen

Listen to the Science, Listen to the Students: Schools Can and Must Reopen

Throughout the fall, New York City repeatedly delayed reopening its schools for most students, despite an that classrooms were not significant areas of spread for COVID-19. Now Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered a full shutdown of schools due to rising coronavirus numbers; the city has the 3 percent test-positivity rate, the predetermined (and largely arbitrary) threshold for keeping kids at home.Many parents are rightly , and even some district officials think the call might have been premature. New York bars and restaurants are , but they are still open for business, even though these...

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Gavin Newsom's French Laundry Outing Crystallizes the Arrogance of COVID-19 Dictators

Gavin Newsom's French Laundry Outing Crystallizes the Arrogance of COVID-19 Dictators

On November 6, when California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) sat down for a fancy dinner party at the tony Napa Valley restaurant The French Laundry, the state was in the midst of a . Newsom and other state officials were the importance of following social distancing rules and wearing face masks in public places, as by an order that the governor issued in June. They were urging Californians to forgo Thanksgiving dinners and other private social gatherings, which they had identified as an important source of virus transmission.Yet there was the politician behind those policies, sitting shoulder to...

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Cuomo's COVID-19 Rules Discriminate Against Religion

Cuomo's COVID-19 Rules Discriminate Against Religion

"This is a fear-driven response," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an October 6 phone conversation about his pandemic-inspired restrictions on religious services. "This is not a policy being written by a scalpel. This is a policy being cut by a hatchet."The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, which is the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency injunction against Cuomo's order, argues that a bit more care is required when the government interferes with the free exercise of religion. The Court's decision will be an important indication of whether the justices are prepared to enforce on what...

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Biden Transition Team Member's Op-Ed on "Why America Needs a Hate Speech Law"

Biden Transition Team Member's Op-Ed on "Why America Needs a Hate Speech Law"

Mostly law professors | Sometimes contrarian | Often libertarian | Always independentRichard Stengel, the Biden transition team "" for the U.S. Agency for Global Media (the agency that's in charge of the Voice of America and similar outlets), had last year in the Washington Post ( was the first to note this, I think, several days ago). An excerpt:Even the most sophisticated Arab diplomats that I dealt with did not understand why the First Amendment allows someone to burn a Koran. Why, they asked me, would you ever want to protect that?It's a fair question. Yes, the First Amendment protects...

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School District Decides Asians Aren't Students of Color

School District Decides Asians Aren't Students of Color

One school district in Washington state has evidently decided that Asians no longer qualify as persons of color.In their , administrators at North Thurston Public Schools—which oversees some 16,000 students—lumped Asians in with whites and measured their academic achievements against "students of color," a category that includes "Black, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Multi-Racial Students" who have experienced "persistent opportunity gaps."Most indicators in the report show that the achievement gap between white/Asian students and "students of color" is fairly narrow and...

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California Voters Rebuked Their Governor, Legislators at the Ballot Box

California Voters Rebuked Their Governor, Legislators at the Ballot Box

If my social-media and news feeds were an accurate indication, many Californians had focused inordinate attention on the granular  in such far-off places such as Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, and Clark County, Nevada, as the nation awaited the final verdict in a cliff-hanger presidential election.But there's a closer-to-home result that we could immediately understand without relying on election experts. Voters decisively  California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the state's politically dominant unions, and the legislature. Although Californians are overwhelmingly Democratic and chose Joe Biden...

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The Best Thing About a Trump Loss Is Stephen Miller Leaving the White House

The Best Thing About a Trump Loss Is Stephen Miller Leaving the White House

A bill under consideration by the city's Board of Supervisors would ban smoking in private dwellings located in apartment buildings with three or more units.The senators warned that the Court might have to be "restructured" if it did not reach the conclusion they preferred in a Second Amendment case.Just about everyone—conservatives, progressives, libertarians—should be glad to say goodbye to this cruel approach to immigration policy.Trump is a wannabe despot, but let's not pretend the other side is flawless.Deutsche Bank has proposed a 5 percent income tax on people working from home, the...

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Alito Rightly Slams Five Democratic Senators for 'Bullying' the Supreme Court

Alito Rightly Slams Five Democratic Senators for 'Bullying' the Supreme Court

In an eyebrow-raising , five Democratic senators that the Supreme Court might have to be "restructured" if it failed to reach the conclusion they preferred in a Second Amendment case. Justice Samuel Alito recalled that episode during his Federalist Society last night, saying the senators had engaged in blatant "bullying" by issuing "a crude threat" aimed at undermining judicial independence.Alito is right. The case involved New York City's on the transportation of firearms, and the senators—Sheldon Whitehouse (D–R.I.), Mazie Hirono (D–Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (D–Conn.), Dick Durbin...

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San Francisco Considers $1,000 Fines for People Smoking Tobacco or Cannabis in Their Apartments

San Francisco Considers $1,000 Fines for People Smoking Tobacco or Cannabis in Their Apartments

San Francisco politicians are considering yet another policy that would harm renters while infringing on property rights: a ban on smoking inside private apartment buildings.On Thursday, a committee of the city's Board of Supervisors voted to advance a that would ban smoking inside private dwellings located in apartments with three or more units. The San Francisco Examiner that the restrictions would apply not just to tobacco products, but also to smoking marijuana and even to vaping.The goal, according to bill sponsor Supervisor Norman Yee, is to protect nonsmoking apartment dwellers from...

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Joe Biden's Disastrous Record of Using 'Bold Federal Action' To Solve America's Problems

Joe Biden's Disastrous Record of Using 'Bold Federal Action' To Solve America's Problems

Now that the disastrous presidency of Donald Trump is likely coming to an end, presumptive President-elect Joe Biden will get the chance to make good on his promise to create "bold change" in the . On his first day in office, Biden says that he plans to roll back many of Trump's signature policies with his own sweeping executive orders, and he has promised to transform the economy to fight climate change, reassert America's diplomatic and military power abroad, and establish new federal offices like that of a "" to centralize control of commercial industry in response to the coronavirus...

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Trump's New Lawsuit Looks Like an Attempt To Cancel All Mail-in Votes in Pennsylvania

Trump's New Lawsuit Looks Like an Attempt To Cancel All Mail-in Votes in Pennsylvania

Having so far failed to uncover any evidence of widespread voter fraud or substantiate claims of "irregularities" in last week's election, President Donald Trump's campaign has now launched its broadest legal effort yet aimed at overturning the apparent results of the election.The , filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, argues that "Pennsylvania has created an illegal two-tiered voting system" that runs afoul of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution by applying different standards to in-person voting and mail-in voting. Voters who...

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The Man Who Finished Last

The Man Who Finished Last

Zac Scalf is an Iraq War veteran, a Texas A&M grad, and the content production manager at , a store in Savannah, Georgia. He is also, according to the at Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, running last in the presidential race, with a current total of 29 votes. That's 97 fewer than Keith McCormic of the and 112 fewer than Gary Swing of the —though Swing might belong on a different list, since his website claims he was running for "president of Vermont."Since Scalf wasn't on the ballot in Georgia, he didn't get a chance to cast a vote for himself. (He voted for Donald Trump...

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Joe Biden's $11 Trillion Plan To Bankrupt America

Joe Biden's $11 Trillion Plan To Bankrupt America

Joe Biden's and his promises to beef up labor and environmental regulations are the reasons why The Washington Post called his platform "." Given that the former vice president and senator will almost certainly face a Republican Senate and inherit a weakened Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, it remains to be seen what sort fiscal policy he will try to enact, much less be able to pass. In fiscal 2020, the federal government spent $6.6 trillion and posted a $3.1 trillion deficit, potentially setting staggeringly high new baselines for both.But even with a divided government...

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Nov 9
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What's Next for the Libertarian Party After Jo Jorgensen Got 1%?

What's Next for the Libertarian Party After Jo Jorgensen Got 1%?

The 2020 presidential election gave libertarian voters few good options: A serially dishonest and incompetent leader who bungled the COVID-19 pandemic and imposed and restrictions versus someone who promised in new spending, who played a in many of the greatest policy failures of the last 30 years, such as the Iraq War, the PATRIOT Act, and the expansion of the drug war.And then there was the Libertarian Party (L.P.). After nominating a pair of popular former governors to run in 2016 who pulled just over 3 percent of the popular vote, the party backed Jo Jorgensen, a Clemson University...

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The Atlanta Sex Toy Magnate Who Can't Stop Picking Fights

The Atlanta Sex Toy Magnate Who Can't Stop Picking Fights

A Biden presidency and a GOP Senate could keep the left out of power for years. Plus: Behind the Trump press conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine sees early success, and more... The nefarious scheme evidently includes Republican officials and Trump-friendly news outlets. Portland’s protesters aren’t going to fade away after the election, but are they stuck in a rut? Navarro is the missing link between the democratic socialists on the left and the economic nationalists on the right.

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The 2020 Election Results Look Like a Massive Rebuke of Socialism

The 2020 Election Results Look Like a Massive Rebuke of Socialism

Summarizing the key lessons that Democrats should take away from election results that were , Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D–Va.) told fellow members of her caucus during a conference call on Thursday that they shouldn't say the word socialism "ever again."This would be , whether or not it's good political advice. But as it turns out, socialism is looking like a major political loser this election cycle, with the specter of it likely costing former Vice President Joe Biden Indeed, this could be a rough couple of years for progressives: A Biden presidency coupled with a Republican-controlled...

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Joe Biden's Endless River of Debt and Regulation

Joe Biden's Endless River of Debt and Regulation

Written by Nick Gillespie; graphics and edited by Lex Villena; additional graphics, Isaac Reese.Music Credits: "Two Dogs" by Lex Villena, "Charon" by Yehezkel Raz.Photo Credits: Gage Skidmore, Mueller MSC, World Economic Forum, ID 125814381© Korrawin Khanta Dreamstime.com, Dan Smith, ID 48504654 © Piotr Marcinski | Dreamstime.com  A Biden presidency and a GOP Senate could keep the left out of power for years. Portland’s protesters aren’t going to fade away after the election, but are they stuck in a rut? Amidst the anger and nastiness, there are real signs that America is thriving. The only...

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Even With a Biden Win, Portland's Protesters Vow to Keep Smashing Stuff

Even With a Biden Win, Portland's Protesters Vow to Keep Smashing Stuff

A Biden presidency and a GOP Senate could keep the left out of power for years. Portland’s protesters aren’t going to fade away after the election, but are they stuck in a rut? The only person he needs to convince is himself. This isn't fraud. This isn't a scheme to steal the election. It is the very predictable outcome of the president's own words and actions. Amidst the anger and nastiness, there are real signs that America is thriving.

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Trump's Desperate Conspiracy Theories Won't Save His Presidency, but They Might Save His Ego

Trump's Desperate Conspiracy Theories Won't Save His Presidency, but They Might Save His Ego

When Donald Trump he would have won the popular vote in 2016 if it weren't for "the millions of people who voted illegally," he was only trying to magnify his victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Now that he seems to be losing a presidential election, his desperate scramble for explanations has produced conspiracy theories that make his 2016 fantasy pale by comparison. Here are a few of the things the president seems to believe, judging from his at the White House last night.Joe Biden can win only with "illegal votes.""If you count the legal votes, I easily win,"...

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