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."
    Libertarianism and the Great Divide, by Justin Raimondo, 16 Mar 2007
    Review of Brian Doherty's Radicals for Capitalism
    "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! After all, is nothing sacred? 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, which one can certainly make a credible libertarian case against."
    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
    "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."
    Tibor Machan, a Founding Editor of Reason, RIP: Refugee from communism, academic philosopher, Objectivist, popular columnist brought precision and clarity to Reason's early years, by Nick Gillespie, 25 Mar 2016
    Memorial tribute, describing Machan's involvement with Reason through the years
    "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."
    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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