Senior editor of Reason, nationally syndicated columnist

Jacob Z. Sullum (born 5 September 1965) is a syndicated newspaper columnist with Creators Syndicate and a senior editor at Reason magazine. He focuses most of his writings on shrinking the realm of politics and expanding individual choice. He was interviewed in the 2004 documentary Super Size Me.

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Awards Received

2004 Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, by Center for Independent Thought, Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, 2004


Reason, Senior Editor

Web Pages

Jacob Sullum - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government

Archived Columns
since March 2000

Archived Articles

Staff: Jacob Sullum - Reason Magazine: Articles
since April 1992


Paul's Apology: Say it ain't so, Dr. No, Reason, 16 Jan 2008
Examines Ron Paul's record, the controversy over the newsletters published under Paul's name in the 1980s and 1990s, and Paul's response
"Ron Paul is not just a rare politician. The Texas Republican's combination of principle and plainspokenness ... has helped his presidential campaign break fund-raising records while attracting a strikingly diverse and enthusiastic crowd of supporters ... On CNN Paul emphasized that racist libertarian is an oxymoron, since libertarians judge people as individuals. He should follow through on that point by identifying the author(s) of the race-baiting material and repudiating not just the sentiments it represents but the poisonous, self-defeating strategy of building an anti-collectivist movement on group hatred."
Related Topics: Libertarianism, Ron Paul
Track Work, Reason, 19 Jun 2001
"Social Security, which forces relatively poor workers to subsidize relatively affluent retirees, is not a fair system, and any attempt to fix it--or, better yet, dismantle it--will not be entirely fair either. Yet we need to start talking about how the suffering should be distributed."
Related Topic: Social Security Tax

Interviews (interviewer)

Cold Comfort: Economist John Lott discusses the benefits of guns--and the hazards of pointing them out, by John Lott, Michael W. Lynch, Jacob Sullum, Reason, Jan 2000
Curing the Therapeutic State: Thomas Szasz on the medicalization of American life, by Thomas Szasz, Jacob Sullum, Reason, Jul 2000
Subjects discussed include involuntary commitment, the insanity defense, ADHD, government drug policies and physician-assisted suicide
"People are saying that, of course, multiple personality disorder and social phobia are excesses, but schizophrenia, depression, and so on are real diseases and therefore justify involuntary hospitalization, outpatient commitment, wholesale drugging of children, of people in nursing homes, and so on. I have always challenged the 'psychoses.' Why don't you have a right to say you are Jesus? And why isn't the proper response to that 'congratulations'?"
Related Topics: War on Drugs, Rule of Law
Risky Journalism: ABC's John Stossel bucks a fearful establishment, by John Stossel, Jacob Sullum, Reason, Apr 1997
Lengthy introduction and interview, discussing Stossel's early work, his ABC News specials, his response to criticism, ABC's policies, objective reporting, and topics he would like to cover
"While preparing a 20/20 segment on multiple chemical sensitivity ... John Stossel sent ABC associate producer Deborah Stone and her sister-in-law, Julie, to Dr. Grace Ziem, an MCS specialist in Baltimore. Prior to the visit, Ziem sent the two healthy women a 16-page questionnaire ... Stossel, who turned 50 in March, has won 19 Emmys, the George Polk Award, and the George Foster Peabody Award. ... exposing scams has been a persistent theme in Stossel's career as a consumer reporter, and he continues to go after hucksters, swindlers, and charlatans, even when they happen to work for the government or serve a fashionable cause."
Related Topic: Government

Books Authored

Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use, May 2003
Contents: The Silent Majority - Chemical Reactions - Strong Drink - Going Nowhere - Crazy, Man - Random Sex Acts - Killer Drugs - Too Good - Body and Soul - Managing Moderation - Notes - Bibliography
Related Topic: War on Drugs

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