Last December, Reason held its annual webathon. Published by the 501(c)3 nonprofit Reason Foundation, all donations are tax deductible and help us cover the costs of producing Reason magazine, Reason.com, and Reason TV.
Your generosity was staggering, as we raised over $75,000 in just six days. Different giving levels came with different premiums and those who donated the devilish sum of $666 or above were offered the option of being profiled online.
Some of our most generous donors declined to be interviewed and we're happy to respect their privacy. And we're also very happy to introduce Reason.com readers to a few folks whose contributions make what we do possible. We asked them why they like what Reason does and how they discovered the philosophy of freedom; they gave us the interesting, funny, and thoughtful answers you see below. Check them out.
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Name: Paul Hagy, Jr.
Occupation: Information Technology (I/T) Systems Acceptance Testing
Location: West Chester, PA
How would you describe your politics? I have been a Republican since I was 18 and eligible to vote. I voted straight party and never gave it much thought until recently. Now I am a reformed neocon. I joined the Libertarian party in 2011. I am now a Ron Paul supporter and believe that our founding fathers would have been Libertarians. I am still registered as a Republican so I can vote in the primaries here in Pennsylvania.
How long have you had them? My Libertarian views and belief in small government and liberty and the constitution is something I have always believed in, it just took me some time to find the right party. At some point the Republicans had the same beliefs.
How long have you been reading Reason? I have been reading Reason for one year. Now I have extended my subscription for an additional two years.
What introduced you to the magazine/website? My finding Reason started when I found Mike Church on my Sirius/XM radio. He showed me how both parties were both big government types and introduced me a whole new world. He was interviewed by Judge Andrew Napolitano on Freedom Watch. I started watching more often and Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch also appeared as guests. I also saw a commercial for the magazine while watching Stossel. When I saw a link to the Reason.com on the Libertarian Party website I subscribed.
What do you like most about it? I like that the articles actually make sense and they point out the ridiculousness and silliness of both parties and the establishment. It is informative and points out where we have lost our liberties or at least where they are being infringed upon without really knowing about it. We give up a little here and there, usually in the name of keeping us safe; Another new world was opened.
Each month I find something I like. I guess the first thing I turn to is the Citings page. I enjoy the short quick articles. It is a good warm-up.
That is to say, why do you consider it something to which it is worth donating your hard-earned money? I donate because I believe in the message and want to keep the message coming to my mailbox so I can share it with others. I now am hoping to find a new career where I can continue to learn and make a contribution. Doing what you like is not like working at all.