Politicians and pundits are blaming California's electricity woes on deregulation, but it's pretty hard to argue that the Golden State's "electricity deregulation" was anything of the kind. To find out what went wrong—and how real deregulation could help prevent similar disasters in the future—visit the Reason Public Policy Institute's special Web site on the power crisis. The Cato Institute has also created a useful electricity page—and then, of course, there's Reason magazine and Reason Online's coverage of the issue.Check out Reason editor-at-large Virginia Postrel's frequently updated observations on current events and ideas. Visit The Scene .


"The enormous changes in women over the past 40 years are constantly…attributed to the organized women's movement of the late 1960s and '70s. But that movement was merely a symptom or corollary of a profound transformation in American society after World War II. My generation of bossy, confident, baby-boom women were something brand new in history. Our energy and assertiveness weren't created by Betty Friedan …or by Gloria Steinem…. Popular culture—above all rock 'n' roll, with its African-American R&B roots—did far more to radicalize us than did any feminist leader."

— Camille Paglia, in Salon, February 7