Montnly libertarian magazine published by the Reason Foundation, launched in May 1968
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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.

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    Staff and Associates

    Brian DohertySenior Editor
    Nick GillespieEditor-in-Chief (2000-2008)
    Virginia PostrelEditor (1989-2000), Editor-at-large (2000-2001)
    Jacob SullumSenior Editor
    Matt WelchEditor in Chief (2008- )


    40 Years of Free Minds and Free Markets: An oral history of reason, by Brian Doherty, Reason, Dec 2008
    The history of Reason magazine as related to Doherty by Reason Enterprises founders, editors and other staffers
    "When reason began in 1968, it was just one of many mimeographed zines then pushing a mostly obscure political and philosophical vision known as libertarianism. ... Most of the content was written by the founding editor, Boston University undergrad Lanny Friedlander. ... reason has grown from one student's wild dream to a bicoastal foundation that advances liberty through public policy research and journalism available across a rich variety of platforms."
    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
    "Reason magazine founder Lanny Friedlander, for whom I had just written an article in late 1969, told me to look up Tibor (who was also writing for Reason) when he learned I was about to move to Santa Barbara to take up a new job. Tibor and I became friends, and during 1970 brainstormed the idea of buying Reason from Lanny and putting it on a businesslike basis. ... By that point, Tibor had brought young libertarian attorney Manny Klausner into our fledgling partnership, Reason Enterprises, and Manny worked out all the legal details. From January 1971 through June 1978 we published every month, like clockwork ..."
    Interview with Robert Poole, by Robert W. Poole, Jr., Karen Minto, William Minto, Full Context, May 1999
    Topics discussed range from Poole's early influences, Ayn Rand, getting interested in policy analysis, the Goldwater campaign, the LP, Reason Foundation, the professionals who helped him the most and his passion for privatization
    "... I began reading and then writing for the fledgling Reason magazine ... I especially enjoyed seeing [my first article] published as the cover story, in the first issue that switched from mimeograph(!) to offset printing. ... At the end of 1970, Reason was about to go under—Lanny had run out of money. So several friends and I in California ...created a hobby business to take it over. We ran it mostly out of my house for nearly eight years ... By 1978 ... I went to my partners and told them we either had to put the magazine on a full-time, paying basis or shut it down. Fortunately, we decided to do the latter, ..."
    UpdLibertarianism and the Great Divide, by Justin Raimondo, 16 Mar 2007
    Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism (2007) concluding with remarks about a Cato Unbound debate on the book
    "Meanwhile, over at Reason ... Ron Bailey advanced a version of "libertarian" neo-Trotskyism centered around the concept that libertarianism in one country is doomed to fail ... Reason sponsored a "debate." It's interesting what the staff of Reason considers debatable, given the broadest possible definition of the libertarian paradigm: mass murder in Iraq, yes: legalizing methamphetamine – certainly not! ... Reason is "ecumenical" on the core issue of war and peace, and decidedly sectarian when it comes to the much more subjective social issues, such as gay marriage ..."
    Meeting Murray Rothbard On the Road to Libertarianism, by Jeff Riggenbach, 4 Jan 2003
    Riggenbach recounts his path from an advocate of Ayn Rand's objectivism, later reading LeFevre and attending his lectures to reading Rothbard's "The Anatomy of the State" and eventually meeting and being able to have many conversations with him
    "Since 1972, the year I arrived in L.A., I had been writing for Objectivist and libertarian publications that had a little further reach ... My byline was appearing in ... Reason (then in Santa Barbara, where its editors – Bob Poole, Lynn Kinsky, Tibor Machan, and Manny Klausner – had only a short time before been University of California graduate students). I continued to write regularly for Reason throughout the '70s and '80s. From 1984 to 1990, I was listed on the magazine's masthead as a contributing editor."
    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 late 1970 ... Reason had all of 400 subscribers, and after a couple of years, we could afford one paid employee ... But the magazine obviously struck a chord, because by 1978 we'd built it up to 10,000 subscribers (and still just one paid employee). ... I discovered the private, for-profit fire department in Scottsdale, Arizona. After visiting it twice, I wrote a cover story for Reason, which became the basis for a '60 Minutes' story in 1978. That was Reason's first national media coverage ... The magazine grew steadily as a Foundation project ... It reached a new high of 60,000 subscribers a couple of years ago."
    Tibor Machan, a Founding Editor of Reason, RIP, by Nick Gillespie, 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
    "Reason magazine was started by Lanny Friedlander (1947-2011) in Boston in 1968 as a publication dedicated to providing a libertarian alternative to the fractious and often-violent left-right political discourse of the late 1960s. Unable to produce the magazine on a regular basis, Friedlander sold it to Bob, Manny, and Tibor, who moved the production to Santa Barbara, California, where Bob worked in the aerospace industry and Tibor was completing his Ph.D. at University of California. In 1978, the three created Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes this website."
    Related Topic: Tibor Machan


    35 Heroes of Freedom: Celebrating the people who have made the world groovier and groovier since 1968, Reason, Dec 2003
    "Eclectic, irreverent" list of individuals who, according to Reason editors, "have made the world a freer, better, and more libertarian place by example, invention, or action" (includes the unknown martyr of Tiananmen Square and "The Yuppie")
    "The list is by design eclectic, irreverent, and woefully incomplete, but it limns the many ways in which the world has only gotten groovier and groovier during the last 35 years."

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