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Penn Bullock is a freelance writer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In "Bernanke's Philosopher" (page 20), he traces the tangled threads of the free market economist Milton Friedman's thought through the current financial crisis. "Friedman's theories in their latest application have somewhat betrayed the libertarian ideal," he says. "The free market has to be disentangled from public-private behemoths like Fannie and Freddie, or the Federal Reserve." Bullock, 20, grew up in Taiwan and Hong Kong; he blogs at waste-bin.blogspot.com.

In this issue, reason is pleased to inaugurate two new monthly columns. One is by Ronald Bailey, our longtime science correspondent, who says his goal is to "take complicated science stuff and explain it so that regular people can get it." Bailey, 55, kicks off his column with a defense of climate change "policy nihilism" (page 26), and he plans to tackle issues such as resurgent overpopulation fears in future columns. "Bad theories are never disproved," he says. "They just come back every 10 to 15 years." Before coming to reason 12 years ago, Bailey was a staff writer at Forbes and a television producer for PBS and ABC News. His most recent book is Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution (Prometheus).

reason's other new column, written by Senior Editor Radley Balko, will focus on crime and punishment (page 36). "What I find fascinating is the disconnect between what most people think goes on in the criminal justice system and what actually happens," says Balko, 34. "What's legal and what's just are often two very different things." Balko's reporting in this area was cited by dissenting Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in Hudson v. Michigan. He is also credited with bringing national attention to the case of Cory Maye, a Mississippi man who prior to Balko's investigation was on death row for killing a police officer he believed was a home intruder.

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  1. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets…in order to really get the Books of the Bible, you have to cultivate such a mindset, it’s literally a labyrinth, that’s no joke

  2. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight..

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