Support Reason and Help Us Influence the Next John Stossel, Drew Carey, and...

...Nick Gillespie?

Before our 2009 webathon ends next Friday (November 20), We're looking to get 500 new donors to Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes Reason magazine, Reason.com, Reason.tv. Like all magazines of ideas, we don't fully cover our production costs via subscriptions, ad sales, and other revenue streams, so we depend on generous, like-minded people such as yourselves. "Free Minds and Free Markets" aren't free!

Your donations are tax-deductible and if you give $100, you get your choice of Brian Doherty's awesome history of the modern libertarian movement, Radicals for Capitalism, or Peter Bagge's fantastic collection of a decade's worth of cartoon journalism for Reason, Everybody is Stupid Except For Me. Go here to donate and what level gift gets you what level of swag.

What do you get (besides a book, a bumper sticker, a feeling of inner satisfaction?) when you give to Reason? One of our major goals is to help create the next generation of libertarian writers, thinkers, and citizens. People who are dedicated to increasing personal freedom in every way, shape, and form possible. People who will take that message to more and more people, with greater and greater influence and impact.

Reason started publishing in 1968 and it has been turning on folks to libertarianism ever since. Consider these three examples:

John Stossel: The best-known libertarian in the news media, Stossel has just left ABC News, where he co-hosted 20/20 for years and did awesome specials on free-market ideas, like last spring's "Bailouts and Bull," which was inspired by Reason.tv segments on the drug war, immigration, and economics. Stossel is moving to  Fox Business Channel, where he will have a weekly show. Stossel says he was a generic consumer-affairs reporter, yapping about exploding coffee pots and repair-shop scams. Until he encountered Reason back in the 1980s:

"It was a revelation.... Here were writers who analyzed the benefits of free markets that I witnessed as a reporter. They called themselves libertarians, and their slogan was 'Free Minds and Free Markets.' I wasn't exactly sure what that meant, but what they wrote sure made sense."

Drew Carey: The co-creator and star of his own legendary sitcom and the popular host of The Price is Right was the force behind creating Reason.tv, where he's hosted documentaries on the drug war, markets for organs, eminent domain abuse, and much more. A longtime reader of the magazine, Carey credits Reason with giving voice to his political sensibility, telling Time magazine:

I never thought I was a libertarian until I picked up Reason magazine and realized I agree with everything they had printed.

Nick Gillespie: The two guys just mentioned live on another planet from yours truly in terms of stature and audience, for sure, but there I am, in places such as The New York Times quoting Hayek and calling for the legalization of just about everything. Or calling out George W. Bush as a big-government disaster in the Wall Street Journal. And (with Matt Welch) defining libertarian in The Wash Post.  I started working for Reason magazine back in the fall of 1993, when the incredible Virginia Postrel was editor. Working for Reason was a dream job for me because the mag had shaped my thinking from an early age:

My older brother, away at a college that...was, ironically enough, Milton Friedman's undergraduate alma mater, ran across a magazine called REASON and started passing old issues my way. References to F.A. Hayek and Ludwig von Mises abounded in those pages... all pointing to an intellectual tradition that had somehow escaped my teachers' attention. By the time I graduated college and began covering zoning and planning board meetings for a daily newspaper, my blood would boil at the ways in which municipal martinets struck down or heavily modified proposed home improvements and additions.

This is what Reason mag, Reason.com, Reason.tv does: It gets people to think differently and more critically. It gets them to engage the world around them and push harder and harder for freedom in all its varieties. It celebrates the possibilities of the future, of science and technology, and human ingenuity. Reason lights the lamp of liberty in the hearts of all sorts of people by providing intellectual sustenance, a sense of community, and a sense of meaning and mission.

By supporting Reason, you're helping to create the next John Stossel and the next Drew Carey. And you're helping to change the world by making "Free Minds and Free Markets" the battle cry for a future so bright we're all going to need UV-deflecting corneal implants that will only be invented if we beat back the headlong rush to government control of every aspect of our lives.

So please help us hit our goal of 500 new donors. We appreciate whatever support you can send our way and we can promise that we'll put it all to the best use possible in the fight for freedom. Go here to donate now.

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  • WWJGD||

    There can be no Next-Nick without the jacket. That thing will be like the Green Lantern's ring.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    So, the deletion of Lobster Girl was an empty threat. I see where this is going.

  • hmm||

    I saved the image. My use of technology has thwarted their Nazi threats.

  • EJM||

    Stossel appears to have had some Three-Course-Dinner Gum.

  • ||

    It's just been a really really long time since he got some and the condition has spread.

  • Brian Sorgatz||

    Oompa oompa oompa-dee-doo...

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Anything to get your little pledge drive to end and stop my browser from crashing.

  • ||

    Yeah, Fist, I had to break with my employer and download FireFox. IE can't handle it I guess.

  • ||

    My brower can't take it either. I think Reason should give away ironic fashion totebags ala NPR.

  • Episiarch||

    Begging is really beneath you, Nick. Isn't my subscription to the print edition--and the subscription I buy for a friend--enough?

  • John Tagliaferro||

    Anybody can subscribe. What makes us special is being the annointed two-dozen online readers who refresh these pages millions of times per day.

  • ||

    Yes, I want a piece of Reason's CPC revenue.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    Becoming an investor in any non-Buddhist operation is probably a lost cause.

  • Dinerboy||

    Probably a bit more than that. Lurkers like me contribute too.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    You little people get lost in the rounding.

  • Kyle Jordan||

    I kicked in $10 recurring monthly. Wish I could give more but unfortunately I can't right now. Gotta renew my mag subscription soon too so I hope you at Reason put it to good use.

  • ||

    News Break: The Feministing blogger got the 2nd highest number of votes in the "Washington Post America's Next Great Pundit Contest." They are now going into the 2nd round of voting for the finalist.

  • ||

    Maybe I am the one that is crazy and the rest of the world is sane.

  • Warty||

    I'm pretty sure you're crazy, but that doesn't mean the rest of the world is sane.

  • Art-P.O.G.||

    No, clearly the rest of the world is insane and your insanity was a perfectly sane reaction to it.

  • ||

    So John is unsane?

  • ||

    I love ideas and education. But I find myself increasingly to hate most "educated" people I meet. The guy who fixes my car has more common sense and understanding of the world than most of the people in my neighborhood, all of whom have advanced degrees. The world has gone crazy.

  • ||

    Am I the only one who reads "Feministing" and can't help but think that it is some vugarity describing some form of "Fisting"?

  • Art-P.O.G.||

    No. It couldn't function as a Rorshach test, because almost everyone sees "fisting".

  • Kyle Jordan||

    It's the subconscious Lesbianism manifesting through. I think "fisting" everytime I see the name.

  • ||

    Did they not realize that? It is pretty surreal that an alledged "feminist" blog uses a name that conjures up an image of the most degrading, mysogenistic sex act imaginable.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    I happens frequently, but still infrequently enough to be funny. Like a few years ago someone was holding a Rachel Corrie pancake breakfast. If you are not familiar, The Google that up and see if it is close to as funny as feministfisting.

  • ||

    That is so funny I spit my coffee up. I want a link to that. I don't believe it. That is too perfect. It has to be an urban myth.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    The Google, my friend, use The Google.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    And check USENET archives too. I think it was all over there.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    Who donated as "Feministing PORN?" That is golden!

  • Kyle Jordan||

    The best one I've seen so far has been...

    Reason is Supported by Radical Islam.

    I nearly fell over laughing at that.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    It is even funnier when you notice the supporter right before Radical Islam. Diverse crowd of doners them is.

  • Rimfax||

    ...degrading, mysogenistic[sic]...

    If you see it that way, then you are doing it wrong.

  • Rimfax||

    Are you suggesting that this isn't a deliberate play on "fisting"? Man, I am so out of the loop. I just assumed that it was intentional.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    Yes. I propose: stupidity.

  • ||

    By the way... the link to her part of the WaPo blog the final five finalists are working on.

  • Warty||

    What you need to do is sell some AR-15s with the reason logo on the magwell. I'd pony up for one of them.

  • Kyle Jordan||

    This is a great idea!

    Approach Colt or a smaller company like Bravo Company Manufacturing to produce the rifles if y'all ever do this. It'd be awesome to have a Reason rifle that was actual quality.

  • ||

    I think they should do Reason shotguns with the barrells sawed off within a milimeter of the federal limit.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    Autographed by Randy Weaver!

  • John Tagliaferro||

    Radley Balko branded grenade launchers could draw bigger margins.

  • Warty||

    Fucking National Firearms Act of 1934 and Gun Control Act of 1968, always getting in the way of reason's profits.

  • Lefty Cognisenti||

    You don't get a dime outta me until you show three solid hours of the Australian Pink Floyd Experience, Celtic Woman, and whatever faux-cultured euro band is hot amongst the libs now.

    And I want a tote bag.

  • monolith||

    Australia is not in Europe and how would a covers band be cultured?

  • ||

  • Brick||

    "Rachel Corrie pancake breakfast"

    Funnier still, the add on the page linked below was "1 Tip of a Flat Belly". I swear to god.

    http://littlegreenfootballs.co.....&only;

  • Ratko||

    I do appreciate this site, but for some reason I can't get anyone to look at it. Maybe the reason is the word reason, it might scare people, most radical concepts do.

    So what I've been doing with people I'm concerned for is giving them $20 bills to be used to buy 1 year subscriptions to the magazine. With luck they follow through and then actually read the magazine. It's their choice, I don't like pressuring people. I imagine my mother probably gave her $20 to her communist pals in the AARP, my uncle reminded me that I didn't pay him back the $20 he had loaned me 36 years ago, so hard saying with him.

    Seems like the geriatric generation is way over the edge and out of control these days.

    Maybe Warty idea is worth consideration. You could have a limited number of M4s laser engraved then auction them as Ayn Rand Special Tactical Commemorative Carbines. Odds are you'd rake in some serious coin, and free publicity out the wazoo for certain. Just a thought.

  • ||

    I came to this site with a link from Neal Boortz's website. That was near 4 years ago and I haven't been back to Boortz in nearly 3 years.

  • Neal Boortz||

    And now I got dry balls!

  • Ratko||

    I saw a random link on the sidebar to one of Mangu-Wards articles, and interview with a psychologist who wears mass murderer's sweaters when teaching classes. Can't recall clicking a sidebar link before or since, but I was intrigued. Enough so I read the article, then the others she had wrote, then those by other writers. Over the years numerous Libertarians have attempted to sway me, their versions have been everything from hardcore communist to right wing militia, something that left me feeling a little dismissive of the movement. The Reason version is appealing, I think everyone should, especially Liberals and Conservatives need to check this out. The opinions expressed here are well reasoned ones. We can all benefit from more of that.

  • Ratko||

    -d [an interview]

  • John Tagliaferro||

    I think I found it through Stormfront, but really don't remember. Lurked for a long time before I began posting.

  • Lew Rockwell||

    And now I got dry balls!

  • Warty||

    I forget how I found this site - maybe through lewrockwell.com. It was a long, long time ago, 2000 at the latest.

  • ||

    The Rutgers that Nick's brother attended must have been much different than the Rutgers I attended. Our little libertarian group had to gather in almost clandestine meetings when I was there in the late 1990s.

    It felt so subversive.

  • ||

    Someone already donated and used the Nick handle. I'm off the hook, right?

  • John Tagliaferro||

    Nick,

    If your new handle is off the hook then donate using that.

  • monolith||

    as a foreigner I am happy to free ride on all your donations.

    thanks

  • Ratko||

    By the way the comments after the articles are one of the points of value here, I may not always comment, but have read pretty much all of them. In a few cases the comments were better than the article itself. Without question they make for some of the most intelligent on the internet.

    How this can be despite a complete lack of moderation is a bit of a marvel in itself. Maybe it's lucky the site isn't that well known, or maybe it's what I'd prefer to believe, a testament to the value of leaving people to govern themselves, a sort of internet laissez faire, if you please.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    My blogger buddy linked to one of your Ft. Hood comments this morning. Great comment.

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