â€¢ ANNOUNCEMENT: We are pleased to announce that beginning with this issue, REASON is being published by a new organization, the Reason Foundation. The creation of the Foundation represents the culmination of nearly a year's efforts to develop a firmer basis for achieving the goals of the magazine's publishers.
The Reason Foundation has been set up as a non-profit educational organization, incorporated in California. Its trustees are Manuel S. Klausner, Tibor R. Machan, and Robert Poole, Jr.â€"former owners of REASON, and R.C. Packer, an experienced publisher from Australia, now resident in Southern California.
The Foundation's activities will not be limited to publishing REASON. Under the supervision of Educational Programs Director Tibor R. Machan, it will sponsor conferences and seminars; commission research by students and university professors; and publish books, papers, and monographs. It will also take over publication of the scholarly journal Reason Papers. All Foundation activities will relate to its principal goal of fostering a greater understanding of the application of reason and logic to the achievement of a good and free human community. Contributions to the Reason Foundation will be tax deductible.
â€¢ STAFF CHANGES: As part of the continuing upgrading of REASON magazine, Ms. Marty Zupan has become full-time Associate Editor, working with Editor-in-Chief Robert Poole, Jr. in the Foundation's new downtown Santa Barbara offices. Improvements in the magazine, such as our new color covers, will continue to be introduced on an evolutionary basis. Several more new features are being planned and will be announced shortly in this column.
â€¢ PUBLICITY: Susan F. Mollison's article "Trouble on the Range" (REASON, December 1977) received first prize at the Reader's Digest writers workshop held in June at Utah State University. Robert Poole's article "African Deception" (July 1978) was the subject of a half-page discussion in the June 12 issue of Barron's. It is also to be reprinted soon in the magazine Space World.
â€¢ EDITORS' ACTIVITIES: We have reported, on and off, about the various activities of REASON's editors in this spot. Our readers might want to know of the following works by Senior Editor Tibor Machan published recently: "Nozick's Geometrical Libertarianism," The Occasional Review (Summer 1977); "Are there Any Human Rights?" The Personalist (April 1978); "Human Dignity and the Law," DePaul Law Review (Summer 1977); "The Ethical Imperative of Capitalism," The Humanist (July/August 1978); "Taking Capitalism Seriously: A Review Essay of I. Kristol's Two Cheers for Capitalism and D. Devine's Does Freedom Work," Policy Review (Summer 1978); "Was Rachels's Doctor Practicing Egoism?" Philosophia (Summer 1978); "Recent Work in Ethical Egoism," American Philosophical Quarterly (January 1979), and "Against Nonlibertarian Natural Rights," Journal of Libertarian Studies (Vol. 2, No. 3). Machan also spoke before the Wisconsin Forum in Milwaukee on May 22 and was guest speaker at a meeting of Ontario Libertarian Party members on June 16.
Senior Editor Machan and Contributing Editor Alan Reynolds co-authored an article, "Justice, Ethics and Government Regulations," for the New York Times Op Ed page, July 8. It reiterated in very condensed form the argument presented by Machan in "Deregulation Is a Moral Issue" (Reason, March 1978).
Editor Robert Poole continues as a consultant to the Santa Barbara-based Local Government Center. In this capacity, he helped LGC to put on a workshop on ways of cutting local government costs, in light of Proposition 13, for officials of Santa Cruz County, California July 14 and 15. The morning of July 14 he appeared on San Francisco Channel 44's "News Call" interview program to talk about such local government reforms as privatization and user charges.
At press time REASON has confirmed that producer Michael Jaffe is in final negotiations with Ayn Rand and NBC to produce an eight-hour TV movie of Atlas Shrugged. Sterling Silliphant has reportedly been signed to write the screenplay. Jaffe's office estimates the odds of successful negotiation at 98 percent. The project is expected to take two years to complete.