Reason's Webathon 2014: Help Us Raise $200,000 by Dec. 9!


Reason's annual Webathon kicks off today and will run through next Tuesday, December 9. This is the one time of the year when we go PBS on our most loyal readers at Reason.com and ask them to consider making a tax-deductible donation in support of our award-winning journalism.

This year—the year The New York Times asked "Has the Libertarian Moment Finally Arrived?"—we're hoping to raise $200,000 from readers who dig what we do at the country's (and planet's!) only website devoted to exploring, analyzing, and promoting "Free Minds and Free Markets."

Your (tax-deductible!) gift will help us publish the print edition of Reason ("a kick-ass, no-holds-barred political magazine," according to The New York Post); grow the reach of Reason.com (now pulling over 4 million visits a month!), and produce more great Reason TV videos (like this one and this one).

We're your voice for individual liberty and freedom in discussions about politics, culture, and ideas—and with your help, that voice will continue to command more and more of the national conversation. Reason.com's audience has doubled in size over the past few years and Reason TV's has grown even faster than that. Matt Welch is co-host of Fox Business' The Independents, where he and Kennedy and Kmele Foster are bringing a hard-core libertarian perspective to cable news. Jacob Sullum writes about drug policy at Forbes.com and I'm preaching the Reason message of horrible horrible freedom in all areas of human activity at The Daily Beast and Time

Damon Root is redefining the ideological discussion over the Supreme Court in his hot-off-the-presses new book Overruled and Jesse Walker's The United States of Paranoia (2013) is still winning plaudits. As a New America Foundation fellow, Katherine Mangu-Ward is representing school choice and educational innovation in a space dominated by teachers-union-friendly traditionalists. Recent hires such as Elizabeth Nolan Brown and Robby Soave are building massive audiences by writing about feminism and higher education from a libertarian POV.

So, "Has the Libertarian Moment Finally Arrived?" Well, no, not completely. But when you look at the rise of the marijuana legalization movement, the push for marriage equality, the long-overdue debate over the militarization of police, and the growing recognition that U.S. foreign policy needs a total reboot—all topics that Reason has been harping on for decades—there's no question that Reason-style libertarianism is on the march. All but partisan dead-enders on the right and the left are recognizing that their gods have failed them. Folks want something different, an intellectual and ideological framework that allows them to engage the world in a spirit that is both serious and fun, idealistic and practical, forward-looking yet informed by the lessons of the past.

In print, online, in video—Reason seeks to be your guide to a complicated world, your conversation pit for hashing out arguments among like-minded people, and your home base as you travel through life.

We need your help to reach our goal of $200,000! 

To show our thanks, Webathon donors at every level of giving will pick up sweet giveaways. Depending on how large a (tax-deductible!) gift you make, you'll be able to send a year's worth of Reason magazine to a friend (or, better yet, an enemy!), strut around town in a classic black Reason t-shirt, enjoy a private lunch in D.C. with Reason editors, and much more. For a full listing of giving levels and associated swag, go here.

Your gift is essential to our success. So please, put your money where our mouth is. For your convenience, we accept donations via credit card, Paypal, Amazon Payments and (of course) Bitcoins. We also accept donations of appreciated stock.

Over the next week-plus, Matt Welch and I will be asking you to cough up your hard-earned money to help us keep doing what we're doing on a bigger and bigger scale. And we'll be talking about all the ways big and small that we're pushing for a world that is relentlessly interesting, innovative, and respectful of individual rights, capitalism, and peace. And we'll be thanking you for reading—and for your support.

NEXT: A.M. Links: Rand Paul Is Running for Reelection, Bill Cosby Resigns from Temple University Board, Wife of ISIS Leader Arrested in Lebanon

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  1. How do I know that my financial support won’t go to your child exploiting factories in third world countries?

    1. If they could guarantee that’s where the money was going I’d donate in a heartbeat!

      That’s what you mean, right?

      1. Do you wear your monocle over your left eye or your right eye, Spencer?

        1. sometimes, even though I don’t need them, I wear two monocles at once. It’s the hipster libertarian thing to do.

          1. Well, as long as they are not connected….

            The Colonel:

            “Crafted in a perfect circle with just the right amount of grip and give, our Colonel monocle is the perfect accessory for budding robber barons, post-colonial tyrants and super villains.”


          2. True story: I was at the haberdashers the other day and the well dressed gentleman ahead of me was asking the clerk about tophats.

    2. I give specifically for this reason.

  2. The difference is, with PBS I get a nifty british comedy coffee mug or maybe a John Banamassa cd for my contribution.

    You know what I want? I want a REASON branded Monocle for my $35 contribution, a coffee mug for my $75 contribution (maybe one where the deficit grows when I put hot liquid in it), and for my $200 donation… well, what’s a good “gift” for this level?

    I was going to make a joke about free markets and not selling things, but I guess there’s a place for beggars in the free market as well! JK

    1. You clearly have not taken part in the Lobster Girl Mug discussion.

    2. (maybe one where the deficit grows when I put hot liquid in it)

      This is a real thing?? Gimme!

      and for my $200 donation… well, what’s a good “gift” for this level?

      $200 should get you a cardboard cutout of The Jacket, complete with motion-activated catchphrases.

      1. What catch phrases? Pot, Mexicans and ass sex?

        1. “I have an article in the Daily Beast”

          1. This

  3. Good, I need another tote bag to carry to the food coop.

  4. If donating would get Reason to remove the scripts and half the ads I would donate twice. But I don’t see that happening so I don’t see me donating.

    1. *cough* NoScript + Adblocker *cough* on Mozilla. It also speeds up the whole site when all that junk isn’t running in the background.

  5. How about customized t-shirts? I want one that says something like I WAS A NAMED DEFENDANT AT and then the reason logo.

    1. Then you’re othering the rest of us that weren’t named defendants!

  6. At least they’re no longer re-using last year’s banner. That was embarrassing.

    1. Not as embarrasing as that powder blue T shirt.

  7. Who is making the STEVE SMITH contribution this year?


  8. Reason should collaborate with despair.com, some of their t-shirts are very libertarian.

    1. I thought about getting a couple of Despair’s posters but I’m confident that most of my co-workers would not approve.

      1. I used them for my work computer background throughout the 2000s. At the most recent company, they started requiring uniform backdrops b/c we are presenting to people so often

      2. I buy their calendars each year as presents. One year as a bonus they gave out free posters with each calendar. I ended up with something like 16 posters. I framed them and hung them in my office.

        I had one sales guy who was upset about them because he thought they were too negative.

        There was also a new guy who walked past my office for about a month without ever saying anything. Then one day he came in to talk about some project and his eyes lit up and he told me that from the hallway he had thought they were the real motivational posters and he avoided me because I was “one of those people”.

        Once he realized I was as cynical and jaded as he was, we got along great.

        In among the Demotivational posters, I also hung my autographed picture of the Road Warriors (no real bearing on the discussion. I just wanted to brag about having an autographed picture of the Road Warriors)

        1. Our office had to get rid of our Big Ball o’ Blame because someone was upset and offended by it, even though it was all in good fun.

          1. Did they name the punk? Or was it one of those secret whiners?

            God I hate the fact that HR won’t name names.

            1. No names, but everyone knew who it was. It was glaringly obvious.

      3. I think the motivation one is my favorite

        1. I had a boss who had this on his wall. When I left the company I asked if I could have it and he let me. It now hangs in my garage and greets me every day when I come home from work.

  9. Billionaires who run the largest private corporation in the USA…asking for handouts!

    You couldn’t make this stuff up.

    “Give us money so we don’t have to spend .01% of ours – AND, we’ll use the money to elect people who will burn more coal, release more pollutants and, in general, kill and hurt more of you”.

    Modern “Libertarianism” is most like Authoritarianism combined with Luddites (wanting to burn fuels of yesteryear).

    1. Okay, who called it in the Sad Cat? Didn’t even take two hours. Well done.

      1. Wait, found it. Colonel Engineer nailed it. Your powers of pre-prognition are indeed great.

    2. I’ll donate to Reason just to get more of this premium derp right here^



      1. I think you mean this:


        Libertarians: Diligently plotting to take over the world and leave you alone.

    3. Oh, Mary.

    4. Retards gonna retard.

    5. Billionaires who run the largest private corporation in the USA…asking for handouts!

      Of course, that really pales in comparison to the richest organization in the country – your beloved federal government – constantly rattling the tin cup for a few trillion more from the serfs.

      That would be the organization which goes around killing people, robbing them without trial, and imprisoning them for possessing plants, and which you wholeheartedly support. And of course, the serfs don’t have the option to say no when the government comes calling for “donations”.

    6. Yeah, they should spend it on a renewable energy company! (Which will go bankrupt.) but, that doesn’t matter, does it?

      1. INTENTIONZ!

    7. We have money and voluntarily hand it out.

      Unlike progs who think ‘salty butt hurt ham tears’ passes for currency.

      I know. You find this all strange mostly because your ilk think everything is zero-sum. Thus, the belief a coerced subsidy paid for by other people is all you need to run shitty things operated by shitty minds.

      Back to your cubbie hole, pal.

  10. Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link,
    go to tech tab for work detail ????????????? http://www.jobsfish.com

  11. How much do I love Reason and its community?

    I give even though I can’t get a deduction because I live in Canada.

    That being said, the least you can do is send me a lousy t-shirt or a monocle.

    1. Come on nick! give the kid a shirt!

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