Legal Pot, Presidential Kill Lists, Fiscal Cliffs, Self-Directed Evolution: Support Reason, Your Guide to a Complicated World


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Over the past week, Matt Welch and I have outlined reasons to support Reason (go here for a list).

Here's another:

Across all our platforms, Reason is an indispensable guide to a complicated world. Think about it: We live in a world where recreational pot is legal in two states, where the president (a former constitutional law prof, no less) feels comfortable about compiling and acting on a extrajudicial "kill list" that includes U.S. citizens, where the federal government hasn't passed a budget in years and is desperately trying to welsh on a tiny 2011 debt deal, and where human beings are ever more in charge of their own bodies.

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