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    The Reason Foundation is an American libertarian research organization founded in 1978. The foundation publishes the magazine Reason. Based in Los Angeles, California, it is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. According to its web site, the Reason Foundation is committed to advancing "the values of individual freedom and choice, limited government, and market-friendly policies". According to the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report (Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania), the Foundation is number 41 (of 60) in the "Top Think Tanks in the United States".


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    About Reason Foundation
    Reason Foundation advances a free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law. We use journalism and public policy research to influence the frameworks and actions of policymakers, journalists, and opinion leaders.

    Staff and Associates

    Drew CareyTrustee
    Nick GillespieEditor at Large
    Manny KlausnerTrustee, co-founder
    David KochTrustee
    Tibor MachanCo-founder
    Adrian T. MooreVice President, Policy
    David NottPresident and CEO, 2001-present
    Robert W. Poole, Jr.Founder, President 1978-2000, Board of Trustees
    Vernon L. SmithTrustee Emeritus
    Walter E. WilliamsTrustee Emeritus

    Websites - Reason, by Reason Foundation (publisher)
    Hosts online-only and print magazine articles (including archives), videos and various podcasts, as well as "The Volokh Conspiracy"
    Related Topic: Reason - Reason Foundation
    Website includes research and commentary, studies, blog posts, op-eds and related stories/videos at; policy areas include climate change, the economy, health care, immigration, pension reform, telecommunications and transportation


    Commentaries Archive - Reason Foundation
    Archives since Sept 1997; authors include Guy Bentley, Baruch Feigenbaum, Leonard Gilroy, Adrian Moore, Robert Poole, Aaron Smith and Austill Stuart


    Bob Poole Remembers Tibor Machan, A Fellow Founding Co-Editor of Reason Magazine, by Robert W. Poole, Jr., 25 Mar 2016
    Memorial essay, highlighting Machan's life, his involvement with Reason and the Reason Foundation, and some of his writings
    Tibor, Manny, and I developed the plan for what became the Reason Foundation. Thanks to an angel investor, we had enough funds to make the transition, and we opened our doors in downtown Santa Barbara in July 1978 ... During the Foundation's early years, [Tibor] secured funding annual summer research seminars in political philosophy, bringing a dozen or more scholars to Santa Barbara ... He and I had conflicting views about what Reason Foundation should become: He wanted a more academic, philosophical focus, while I wanted a public policy think tank. Our growing board preferred the latter ...
    Reason 35th Anniversary Banquet Remarks, by Robert W. Poole, Jr., 5 Nov 2003
    Remembrances of 35 years, focusing on Reason magazine and the Reason Foundation, but also contrasting the late 1960s to the early 2000s in terms of both technology and government intervention
    In 1978 ... Tibor, Manny, and I created Reason Foundation to provide a good home for Reason magazine, but also to research and publicize better policy ideas like privatization and deregulation ... in the 1990s, first under Bill Eggers and later Adrian Moore, came hundreds of Reason Foundation policy studies, aimed at people in government who really want to make positive change ... The Foundation is now a 25-person operation, with policy researchers doing privatization, school choice, environment, transportation, and urban policy. We have a growing fan club in Congress and the White House ...


    Radicals for Capitalism: A Freewheeling History of the Modern American Libertarian Movement, by David Gordon, The Mises Review, Dec 2007
    Critical and (self-admittedly) "unfair review" of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism (2007)
    [Doherty] says that Robert Poole "sums up the most charitable [sic] current assessment of Rothbard in most mainstream libertarian institutions outside the Mises Institute ..." ... Poole's assessment is that although Rothbard "was important, particularly in the 1970s ... I [Poole] thought ... that he was a very divisive figure ..." ... So much for charity. I do not think it altogether a coincidence that the person Doherty here selects to represent mainstream opinion, Robert Poole, is the founder of the Reason Foundation, which publishes the journal for which Doherty works as an editor.

    The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Reason Foundation" as of 12 Apr 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.