The New Issue of Reason Will Teach You How to Build a Glock, Hire an Escort, Hide Your Bitcoin, and More

Sometimes you have to use your First Amendment rights to defend and reinforce all the others.


Joanna Andreasson

Usually Reason brings you stories about people who have crossed the lines of legality, the people who help draw those lines, and the people who want to erase them entirely. This month we thought we'd try something a little different. In this issue, we offer how-tos, personal stories, and step-by-step guides for all kinds of activities that can and do happen right at the borders of legally permissible behavior. This month you can learn how to build a gun, live off the grid, hide your bitcoin, make cannabis cocktails, and much more.

We put together this illicit issue for several reasons: to show the practical limits of prohibition, to demonstrate the ways the First Amendment supports and protects your other rights, and because it's always valuable to stand at the borders of legality and ask whether those lines have been drawn in the right place. Also, it was fun.

As my editor's note explains, these stories are handily packaged into a removable section in the middle of the print magazine. Those of you reading online might want to consider deleting your browser history once you're done. Either way, thanks for reading (at your own risk).