30 Years Ago in Reason


"Consider the effects of a right to reply law. A newspaper…could surrender its editorial prerogatives and allow politicians and bureaucrats free access to its pages….Or, it could simply refuse to cover controversial public figures."

-- Robert Poole Jr., "No 'Right' to Reply"

"In almost every study of social affairs, scholars seek after 'the causes' of behavior -- but in terms of their metaphysical viewpoint, they must exclude people themselves."

-- Tibor Machan, "Science, Skinner, and Human Affairs"

"Businessmen are both victims and victimizers, legitimate recipients of praise -- for where would we be economically without such people -- and yet…legitimate recipients of scorn…for where would we be if some had not willingly participated in…corporate socialism?"

-- D.T. Armentano, "Petroleum, Politics, & Prices"

" [Paul Goodman's] political philosophy has always been fusionist -- uniting much of what is best in conservatism and anarchism….He devised no rigid ideology, but blended the various tendencies of his thinking into a social wisdom that was both innovative and traditional."

-- Ian Young, "Paul Goodman: American Anarchist"