Table of Contents



2 The Intolerant State

Sometimes, government is the things centralizers choose for us. Matt Welch

5 Contributors

7 Letters and Reaction

45 enemies of freedom

10 Citings Guantanamo Bay ruling; which states will legalize pot next?; TSA everywhere!; spying oversight; Delta vs. ObamaCare; just say no to college…

60 Reason TV: The Truth About War

Photojournalists capture the brutal consequences of when America attacks. Todd Krainin


16 Tolerating Pot With a Frown

Why the feds had little choice but to let legalization happen. Jacob Sullum

18 How Much Would War in Syria Cost? Defense budgets are out of control. Adding another war won't help. Veronique de Rugy

22 Watched Cops Are Polite Cops

Requiring law enforcement to wear video cameras will protect your constitutional rights and improve policing. Ronald Bailey

78 Number-Crunching the Courts

It's time to bring data-driven oversight to the nation's halls of justice. Greg Beato


24 The Unstoppable Plastic Gun

Cody Wilson distributed plans for 3D-printable weapons to the world, got shut down by the federal government, and won anyway. Brian Doherty

34 Bitcoin: More than Money

The digital protocol promises to change more than just the future of currency-despite government attempts to rein it in. Jerry Brito

44 The Death of Intrade

Can prediction markets survive government assault? Katherine Mangu-Ward

50 George Will's Libertarian Evolution

The nation's most syndicated columnist talks about political philosophy, drugs, isolationism, optimism, and his political development over four decades in Washington. Interview by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch

Culture & Reviews

62 How Poker Became a Crime

The capricious federal crackdown on the Internet version of an all-American game. Jacob Sullum

Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire-and How It All Came Crashing Down, by Ben Mezrich

Briefly Noted

64 Peter Suderman on the TV show Breaking Bad

Briefly Noted (cont.)

66 Katherine Mangu-Ward on David Edmonds' Would You Kill the Fat Man?

68 Brian Doherty on David N. Meyer's The Bee Gees

70 Ronald Bailey on the Phillips Collection's exhibit commemorating the Armory Show

72 Scott Shackford on Slender Man crowdsourced Internet videos

67 Kindly Inquisitors, Revisited Twenty years on, the case for restricting speech in the name of tolerance is weaker than ever. Jonathan Rauch

74 Sex, Drugs, and Sociology

One scholar's deep dive into the black markets of the Big Apple. J.D. Tuccille

Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy, by Sudhir Venkatesh

76 The Futility of Digital Censorship

A fictional look at governments' desperate efforts to restrict the flow of information on the Internet. Ramez Naam

80 The Disgusting, Amazing 3D- Printed Ear Scientists use 3D printing, wire, sheep cartilage, and lab rats to create a human ear. Katherine Mangu-Ward

Cover Photo: AP Photo/ Jay Janner