â€¢ NEW ADVISOR. We are pleased to welcome to the Advisory Board of the Reason Foundation Prof. William R. Allen of the University of California at Los Angeles. Prof. Allen is well known as the coauthor (with Armen Alchian) of University Economics, one of the first (1964) and still one of the best of today's crop of free-market-oriented economics textbooks. He is also the president of the International Institute for Economic Research, a public-policy educational organization based near the UCLA campus. Allen was profiled in a REASON Spotlight in our December 1978 issue.
â€¢ STAFF CHANGES. This month REASON welcomes two new staff members to Santa Barbara. Joining us as assistant editor is Christine Dorffi. Born in the Philippines, Ms. Dorffi was assistant editor of Business Outlook in Manila and was a staff writer for Sunburst, a general-interest magazine also published in Manila. In the United States she has worked for Airline Services Unlimited, publisher of ASU Travel Guide and Between the Lines, and for Guidelines Publications. A free-lance writer as well, Ms. Dorffi's article on private police appeared in REASON's August 1979 issue. Until last month Ms. Dorffi served as chair of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco.
Joining the staff as Office Manager is Robert Bakhaus, formerly of Houston, Texas. Mr. Bakhaus has worked on the staffs of both Louisiana state representative Woody Jenkins and Congressman Ron Paul. For a number of years he has published a libertarian newsletter, Efficacy, which began as the successor to Innovator, one of America's first nationally circulated libertarian periodicals (predating even REASON).
â€¢ MEDIA BRIEFS. The deschooling movement, first discussed in these pages by John Holt eight years ago ("Deschooling Society," April-May 1971), is gaining new respectability. First there was a full-page article in Time some months back. And more recently (September 13) it has made page one of the Wall Street Journal. The latter, as did the former, quotes Holt on the growth of the home education movement and ways to get around compulsory-attendance laws. These topics are covered regularly in Holt's little newsletter, Growing without Schooling (308-R Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116, $10).
Another fascinating indication of respectability is a long discussion of and interview with F.A. Hayek in the October 1 issue of Forbes. That article is, in fact, the magazine's cover story, headlined "The Revolt against Keynes." The article/interview goes beyond the usual superficialities to probe the depths of Hayek's thought. The result is very informativeâ€"and very favorable to the cause of liberty.
â€¢ REGULATION BOOK. The Reason Foundation's projected book on federal regulatory agenciesâ€"Instead of Regulationâ€"is shaping up into a formidable array of talent. Among the authors and their topics will be George Benston of Rochester (on the SEC), Stephen Breyer of Harvard (CAB), Mark Crain of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (NHTSA), George Hilton of UCLA (ICC), Roger Meiners of Texas A&M (CPSC), Robert Poole, Jr. (FAA), Alan Reynolds (DOE), Robert Smith of Cornell (OSHA), Ida Walters (FCC), and David Weimer (FDA). Discussions are under way with several possible authors for the remaining chapters. We are actively seeking contributions and grants to fund this exciting project, which will develop private alternatives to each major federal regulatory agency.
â€¢ BOAT PEOPLE. In the October issue John Hospers reported that the Na-Griamel people of the New Hebrides islands had invited Southeast Asian refugees to resettle there. Before that issue had come off the presses, a very similar proposal was made by ex-CIA director William Colby. Instead of the New Hebrides, Colby suggested New Caledonia, several hundred miles to the south. Like the former, the latter is French-run, has the same tropical climate as Indochina, is underpopulated, is only partially developed, and is already home to a number of Vietnamese. All well and good, except for one little problem: unlike the situation in Na-Griamel/New Hebrides, nobody in New Caledonia has yet extended an invitation.
â€¢ NOTICE. On the cover of our June 1979 issue we used an artist's rendition of a dollar sign depicted as a Superman "S." We have been informed that the Superman "S" is the exclusive property of DC Comics, Inc., and we regret any impropriety in our aforementioned use.