Publisher's Notes


• "TOKYO ROSE" UPDATE: One of President Ford's final actions before leaving the White House in January was to pardon Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who was unjustly convicted of treason in the notorious "Tokyo Rose" case in 1949 and served 6½ years in prison. Mrs. D'Aquino was one of several women who broadcast to American troops over Japanese radio during World War II. REASON carried an important article by historian James Martin in our February 1976 Special Revisionism Issue (copies available at $1.50 each), and we had urged President Ford to pardon Mrs. D'Aquino. We're pleased that he did so.

• REASON PATRONS: We are pleased to report that we have received initial support for REASON's expansion efforts in response to our new REASON Patrons program. We warmly thank each of our new Patrons, whose names will be published in a future issue of REASON.

As noted in our January editorial, we are seeking a number of people to become REASON Patrons by donating $1000 to help upgrade and expand our readership. REASON's paid circulation has recently passed the 16,000 mark—an all-time high. We are striving to reach 25,000 this year, with the hope of becoming self-sustaining. We very much appreciate your support in helping REASON's voice be heard.

• U.S.D. DEBATE SERIES: The University of San Diego School of Law has announced its second annual Law and Economics Debate Series. The six timely debates began in late January and run through March 23, when U.S.D. Law Professor Bernard Siegan will debate the subject of land use regulation with Richard Lamm, Governor of Colorado. All debates are open to the public without charge, and will be held in U.S.D.'s De Sales Hall at 8:00 P.M. Further information may be obtained by calling U.S.D.'s Office of Public Information, (714) 291-6480, ext. 354.

• LIBERTARIAN HERITAGE SERIES: The Center for Libertarian Studies (CLS) is sponsoring a series of four Friday evening seminars devoted to a discussion of three great, historical libertarian pioneers: Benjamin R. Tucker, Richard Cobden and Auberon Herbert. The seminars are scheduled to begin at 7:30 P.M. on February 4, March 11, April 1 and May 6 at the CLS, 200 Park Ave. So., Suite 911, New York City. Reservations should be made by calling (212) 533-6600.

• AUSTRIAN ECONOMICS SEMINAR: The Liberty Fund is sponsoring a two-week seminar in Austrian School economics, in response to the increasing interest by economists in Austrian free-market economic theory. The seminar will be conducted by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) and held at Mills College in Oakland, CA from June 19 to July 2, 1977. The impressive list of faculty and guest lecturers includes such prominent Austrian economists as Murray Rothbard, F.A. Hayek, Axel Leijonhufvud, Israel Kirzner and Louis Spadaro.

The seminar is intended to provide and intensive program of reading, instruction and discussion on Austrian economic theories and is designed primarily for graduate students of economics and young college teachers. Outstanding upperlevel undergraduates may also be accepted. Attendance will be limited to 35 participants, with all expenses paid by the Liberty Fund. Scholars interested in attending may obtain further information from K.S. Templeton, Jr., IHS, 1177 University Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

• DISPELLING MYTHS ABOUT BIG BUSINESS: Readers of REASON might be interested in keeping an eye on a rather promising TV offering from Public Broadcasting Service. PBS recently broadcast its first installment of "In Search of the Real America," a six-part monthly series "challenging negative views of American institutions and policies." The host of the program is Ben J. Wattenberg, author of The Real America. The first installment gave a somewhat simplistic but not totally unsatisfactory defense of big business, without excusing any of the government's welfare programs to various corporations, indeed commenting on such policies critically. Harvard Business School's Bruce Scott and AEI's Irving Kristol inveighed against such critics and statists as Ralph Nader, Fred Harris, and Morris Udall, although predictably no one said anything about rights and the evils of violating them. It may be valuable to keep abreast on what can now pass for acceptable support for some of the features of capitalism. One clue: Although Mr. Wattenberg evidently found it necessary to have anti-big business spokesman John Kenneth Galbraith on the program, Galbraith was allowed only about three minutes (of 30) just before the close of the show. How unlike the anti-capitalist mentality!