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We've got just two full days left in our 2014 Webathon.

We're looking to raise $200,000 to support our print, online, and video journalism over the coming year. We're published by the 501(c)3 Reason Foundation, so your donations don't just come with fun swag ranging from subscriptions to the dead-tree mag to winter-cap beanies to signed copies of staff-written books, and more: They're also tax deductible. Go here to give!

Your gifts won't just help us produce more award-winning articles, videos, and exposes like Peter Suderman's outing of Chad Henderson, the widely touted first person to successfully sign up during the program's launch, as a fraud); Tracy Oppenheimer's video investigation of an Auburn, Alalbama cop who was fired for refusing to go along with ticket quotas; and Lenore Skenazy's reporting on a working mother who was arrested for letting her daughter play unsupervised (the mother was fired from her job to boot). Your gifts won't just allow us to send videographers and reporters to Ferguson, Missouri to report on breaking news about police-abuse protests and to dispatch people to confront Occupy and global-warming activists in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. 

Reason is also working hard to help reach younger people and readers with our optimistic libertarian message of "Free Minds and Free Markets." As Reason's widely discussed summer poll found, millennials are less partisan than older Americans and they are, in the words of Reason's Polling Director Emily Ekins, the "politically unclaimed generation."

Millennials have grown up in a world of relentless government intrusion in every aspect of their lives and an unbroken series of government failures, too: Increasing nanny-state rules governing everything from soda pop to smoking to riding bicycles without helmets; two long and failed wars, bailouts of favored mega-firms, a useless stimulus, and the slowest economic recovery in post-war memory.

As Ekins and I wrote in our cover story for Reason's special issue on millennials, younger Americans aren't

the second coming of Murray Rothbard-style anarchism [and don't embody whole-scale] Reaganesque disdain for government solutions. While millennials clearly prefer free markets to state-managed ones, they are split on whether free markets are better at promoting economic mobility (37 percent) than are government programs (36 percent). Seven in 10 support government guarantees for housing, health care, education, and income for the truly needy. Yet almost as many—65 percent—think overall government spending should be reduced, and 58 percent favor cutting taxes.

Like all generations before them, millennials are trying to figure out what kind of world they want to create and live in. And more than previous generations, they are open to hearing about alternatives to the worn-out right-left, liberal-conservative, Democratic-Republican antinomies that are plainly not working anymore. Raised in the Internet Age, millennials intuitively understand that much power is being decentralized but they also are starved for serious discussions and explications of the sorts of economic, political, and social institutions that will allow for maximum freedom of expression while taking care of the neediest among us. Reason has those answers—or is at least staging that conversation in a way that representatives of the old ways of thinking just can't or won't.

Check out our special landing page devoted to millennials for a sense of what I'm talking about. There you'll find a dozen-plus pieces that reveal a fresh, new way of thinking about things, one that stresses choice over control and the great ways that new technologies and mind-sets are opening up vast possibilities. And as important, we look at the ways in which older, wealthier, more powerful people are trying to maintain a status quo that screws over their own kids' future.

It's precisely Reason's principled messages of social tolerance and fiscal responsiblity that offers a new way of thinking about politics, culture, and ideas. We reject authoritarian politicial correctness while embracing a robust appreciation for and defense of true lifestyle diversity. We lay out policy solutions that will provide for the truly needy and indigent without destroying the economy via endlessly growing handouts for wealthier, older Americans. We embrace a foreign policy that is based on engagment and true national defense rather than endless intervention and meddling. We celebrate hipster capitalists and entrepreneurs without promoting crony capitalism for whomever happens to know the next president, speaker of the House, and Senate majority leader.

Those are among the reasons why libertarianism and Reason appeals to younger Americans. We offer a principled alternative to the demonstrated failures of ideological and political identities that stagger about like zombies, mostly dead but still destructive.

Fully 40 percent of Reason.com's audience is under 35 years old and over 55 percent of Reason TV's YouTube audience is under 35 years old. We're speaking to these people because we respect them and bring a sense of urgency and optimism to our work as well as a sense of humor and epistemological humility to our world view.

Please help us reach even more younger Americans and grow the next generation of libertarians. Your tax-deductible donations will not just help us do more and better journalism. It will help you create a future that is freer, more innovative, more prosperous, and filled with people who understand the value of "Free Minds and Free Markets."

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  1. Oh no! That poor r is drowning in Tang! You people are terrible!

  2. Only 784 individual donors? Astroturf!

  3. I contributed by not siring any Millenials.

  4. Support Reason and Help Reach the Next Generation of Libertarians

    Just not the Rothbardian libertarians or the voluntarysts. Those brutalists are icky.

    1. Or non-hipsters of any age.

  5. Peter Suderman’s outing of Chad Henderson

    Bet that made for an awkward Thanksgiving dinner. Never invite Suderman. He can’t keep a secret.

    1. Not to mention he’s probably going to knock something over after consuming much coffee or out of anger at there being none.

  6. We offer a principled alternative to the demonstrated failures of ideological and political identities that stagger about like zombies, mostly dead but still destructive.

    You don’t stop zombies by writing magazine articles about them, Reason.

  7. You’re part of the`problem, reason!

    Krugabe explains (for the 143,859th time) why we can’t have nice things

    This doesn’t mean that we were fated to experience a seven-year slump. We could have had a much faster recovery if the U.S. government had ramped up public investment and put more money in the hands of families likely to spend it. But the Obama stimulus was much too small and short-lived ? as many of us warned, in advance, it would be ? and since 2010 what we have actually seen, thanks to scorched-earth Republican opposition on all fronts, are unprecedented cutbacks in government spending, especially investment, and in government employment.

    I particularly like the part about “unprecedented cutbacks in government spending”. It’s so cute he thinks anybody is listening to us when we say, “NO, FUCK YOU, CUT SPENDING.”

    1. I’ll second this – “No, Fuck You, Cut Spending!”

      What a tool Krugnuts is.

  8. I gave. But I could have given more.

    That makes me feel more libertarianish…

    1. They’re just going to ask for more money next year.

      1. Worse than the government, they are!

  9. To many millennials, “social liberalism” means “pay for my birth control and bake my cakes, or I’ll slap you with fines and damages, and maybe even prison sentences.”

    And “fiscal responsibility” means “the rich aren’t paying their fair share!”

    1. I should say “social tolerance” rather than “social liberalism.” Because tolerance means stamping out intolerance wherever it manifests itself.

  10. They’re just going to ask for more money next year.

    Why give them money? You know they’re just going to spend it.

    1. “Why Lie?

      “Beer Weed”

      A sign I saw a beggar hold up

  11. “We offer a principled alternative to the demonstrated failures of ideological and political identities that stagger about like zombies, mostly dead but still destructive.”

    You mean you offer an alternative to economic theories that concentrate wealth into the hands of a few plutocrats? I haven’t seen those articles yet. When are they coming?

    1. Re: American Stolid,

      You mean you offer an alternative to economic theories that concentrate wealth into the hands of a few plutocrats?

      So you place a moral value on theories?

      Wow.

  12. Hi nick, on Sunday the nytimes published an article on how oil and gas executives were filing email complaints about environmental legislation to conservative attorney generals. These AGs would then press Ctrl-c, ctrl-v on their keyboards, choose print in Microsoft word and load there printers with stationary with a state seal on it. After which they would mail it to arch-fiend Obama and his band of ghouls at the EPA.

    Before I press the donate button I like to understand what I’m paying for. Do you think this is an example of crony capitalism or freedom fries? Aren’t our new Republican friends just the best ever?

    1. Re: American Stolid,

      Hi nick, on Sunday the nytimes published an article on how oil and gas executives were filing email complaints about environmental legislation to conservative attorney generals.

      And therefore they’re all evil, right?

      Do you think this is an example of crony capitalism or freedom fries?

      You tell me. You like to see moral failing on any who dares question the wisdom and good intentions of Pater Noster, the State.

    2. american socialist:

      Do you think this is an example of crony capitalism or freedom fries?

      Why is “neither” not an option?

      I think this what we would call “lobbying”.

      Is lobbying illegal in the great socialist libertarian paradise?

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