7 Aug 1963
, Nicholas John Gillespie, in Brooklyn, New York City
, Editor-in-Chief (2000-2008)
, Editor at Large
The Advocates for Self Government Nick Gillespie
, by Bill Winter
Libertarian celebrity page at Advocates for Self-Government; includes picture, biographical summary and quote
Nick Gillespie is the editor of Reason.com and Reason.tv, and the former editor-in-chief of Reason magazine (2000-08) ... When Gillespie took over the editorial reins in 2000, he gave Reason a pop-culture makeover. Under his guidance, the magazine focused more on movies, music, television, and the Internet — and ran cover stories on the Beatles, Martha Stewart and consumerism. Gillespie told The Washington Post that Reason started devoting more space to cultural issues because "let's face it, the Beatles are much more important to people's lives than any politician."
Nick Gillespie - Reason.com
Author page at Reason.com; includes picture, profile and links to recent articles
Nick Gillespie is an editor at large at Reason, the libertarian magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets." ... "Nick Gillespie is to libertarianism what Lou Reed is to rock 'n' roll, the quintessence of its outlaw spirit," writes Robert Draper in The New York Times Magazine. "For the past 20 years, Gillespie has been a writer, editor and intellectual godfather for Reason, the movement's leading journal since its founding in 1968." ... Gillespie served as the editor in chief Reason.com and Reason TV from 2008 through 2017 and was Reason magazine's editor in chief from 2000 to 2008.
Suck Contributor: Nick Gillespie
Contributor page at suck.com; includes short profile and columns from Sept. 1996 to April 2001
Mr. Mxyzptlk (a.k.a. Wilhelm Von Humboldt, a.k.a. Solomon Grundy) is Nick Gillespie, editor in chief at Reason, a culture-and-politics magazine based in Los Angeles. With each passing week Nick is more convinced that real winners do use drugs, that you can't abort fetuses with nuclear arms, and that Christian rock is neither.
Election 2006: A War Referendum
, by Justin Raimondo
, 16 Oct 2006
Discusses the then forthcoming 2006 U.S. congressional elections as a referendum on the Iraq War and commentary from Markos Moulitsas and Nick Gillespie in a Cato Unbound debate titled "Should Libertarians Vote Democrat?"
Typical is Reason editor Gillespie's screed ... his tiresome solipsism becomes harmful rather than merely annoying: "When it comes to foreign policy, I'm curious where Moulitsas and Reed stand regarding Bill Clinton, who was far more promiscuous in his use of the military ...: According to a 2000 Cato analysis, Clinton set a then-record for major troop deployments, with 25 during his eight years in office ... as awful as the Bush administration is on privacy and civil liberties, it's not as if the last Democratic president (and his terrible attorney general) didn't give rise for concern. ..."
Friedrich the Great
, by Virginia Postrel
, The Boston Globe
, 11 Jan 2004
Biographical essay, including Hayek's insights on cognitive science and his influence on postmodernism
Nick Gillespie ... says that in a broad sense Hayek anticipated many postmodern critiques. "Hayekian liberalism and postmodernism alike are not interested in total knowledge, or in the total institutions necessary to maintain such a vision," says Gillespie, who holds a doctorate in literary studies. "For Hayek, the very essence of liberalism properly understood is that it replaces the ideal of social uniformity with one of competing difference." That's why Foucault, though no Hayekian liberal, "recognized that Hayek's formulation of a private sphere was a meaningful hedge against the worst excesses of state power."
Congress Strong-Arming Baseball? That's Foul
, by Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, The Washington Post
, 20 Jan 2008
Discusses the 2008 Oversight and Government Reform congressional hearings on the use of steroids in the MLB
Rep. Christopher Shays, the Yogi Berra of the latest (but alas not last) round of unintentionally comic congressional hearings on steroids, should have headed to the showers after his opening line last Tuesday: "This is almost surreal to me." ... it's not remotely a job for Congress. At a time when Capitol Hill's approval ratings are even lower than President Bush's and when every White House candidate doing better in the polls than Mike Gravel is running on a campaign of "change," it's troubling — if as predictable as the Nationals losing 80 games — that Congress insists on grandstanding.
Is Adam Smith the Father of Economics and Free-Market Capitalism? [Reason Podcast]
, by Nick Gillespie, Naomi Brockwell (moderator), Gene Epstein, Mark Skousen
, 5 Jul 2017
Report, audio and transcript of the debate, held on 13 Jun 2017, on the resolution "Adam Smith should be honored as the founder of modern economics and free-enterprise capitalism" between Mark Skousen for the affirmative and Gene Epstein for the negative
In February 1793, the British Empire was in crisis. Over the past 10 years, the United Kingdom, the greatest military power in the world had lost its most valued colonies to a makeshift army of American ruffians and was near bankruptcy. ... Lord North had been replaced by a very young but dependable Prime Minister, the Lord of the Treasury William Pitt, the younger. ... he was a student the new political economy, the new doctrine of economic liberalism. ... the system of natural liberty advocated by a Scottish professor of moral philosophy who had gained immortality with the publication of a big, fat book ...
Rock and Roll Entrepreneur: Frank Zappa's true legacy.
, Apr 2005
Discusses Zappa's life, based on Barry Miles' book Zappa
(2004) and comparing Zappa to Herman Melville in their attitude towards their audiences
Was Frank Zappa, the memorably mustachioed musician who died in 1993 of prostate cancer, rock and roll's answer to Herman Melville? Maybe so, and not just because the Moby-Dick scribe sported some pretty odd facial hair. ... Zappa fared much better, in part because of one final kink in his life: ... he was from the beginning a sharp businessman who knew that controlling the means of reproduction ... was central to his aesthetic and economic independence. In the '80s, he was able to sell his back catalog for $22 million, a tidy sum that made him rich even as it helped to bankrupt the purchaser, Rykodisc.
South Park Libertarians: Trey Parker and Matt Stone on liberals, conservatives, censorship, and religion
, by Nick Gillespie, Jesse Walker, Reason
, Dec 2006
Transcript of conversation with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, at Reason's August 2006 conference, in Amsterdam, on the future of free expression and free markets in Europe
What Jesse Walker and I are going to be doing tonight is talking with Matt Stone and Trey Parker about South Park and their other creative endeavors, including 2004's wonderful puppet epic Team America, which was not only the first full-length movie performed by wooden actors since Charlton Heston retired from the screen but the most profound discussion of U.S. foreign policy and the War on Terror to come out of Hollywood ...
Stone: ... I guess that defines my political philosophy. If anybody's telling me what I should do, then you've got to really convince me that it's worth doing.
Stand-Up Guy: Comedian Drew Carey on network censors, Hollywood guilt, and why he likes eating at Bob's Big Boy
, by Nick Gillespie, Drew Carey
, Steve Kurtz, Reason
, Nov 1997
Topics range from Hollywood reactions to Carey's humor, his attitude toward government, the ABC network censor, Las Vegas, drug legalization and more
Reason: Much of your humor pokes fun at liberal Hollywood sensibilities. What kind of response does that provoke from your peers?
Drew Carey: People look at me like a drunk uncle ... Everybody in Hollywood loves symbolic gestures. Have you been to the Hard Rock Casino in Vegas? There's nothing save-the-planetish about it. Hollywood people are filled with guilt: white guilt, liberal guilt, money guilt. They feel bad that they're so rich, they feel they don't work that much for all that money–and they don't, for the amount of money they make. There's no way I can justify my salary level, but I'm learning to live with it.
Tibor Machan, a Founding Editor of Reason, RIP
, 25 Mar 2016
Memorial tribute, describing Machan's involvement with Reason
through the years, includes two videos, one of Machan discussing Ayn Rand and another in a panel with his co-founders and a former editor
I'm sad to write that Tibor R. Machan, who along with Robert W. 'Bob' Poole and Manny Klausner was one of the people who sustained and grew Reason magazine into the premier libertarian voice in public debates over politics, culture, and ideas, has died at the age of 77. ... Tibor spoke last year at Reason Weekend ... which happened to be taking place in Santa Barbara, so it was a reunion of sorts. ... He stressed that he and the other co-founders wanted a platform that would produce serious journalism, essays, interviews, policy pieces, and debates that would grow the audience for and influence of libertarian ideas and practices.
The Experimental Economist: Nobel laureate Vernon Smith takes markets places they've never been before
, by Vernon L. Smith
, Nick Gillespie, Michael W. Lynch, Reason
, 9 Oct 2002
Topics discussed include law (discovered vs. formally made), experimental economics, electric power, demand-interrupt pricing, airport landing and takeoff slots, NASA missions, libertarianism and economics
We know markets are efficient. We'd like to see if we can come up with market mechanisms that can be applied where they've never been used before. ... My colleagues and I have developed techniques to design market mechanisms that are likely to work in the real world. But we don't trust ourselves without doing experiments. The experiments are the means by which we test our knowledge. We use the laboratory to make our mistakes at low cost-and we make plenty of them. We always learn stuff and end up making changes to our model institutions, to our rules, and to our payoffs.