On November 3 in Los Angeles, Reason celebrates its first 50 years with a day-long program of panels, lunch talks, a gala black-tie dinner and…a new song by Remy, everyone's favorite Internet sensation (see his latest Reason offering, "People Are Outraged!," below; full archive here).
Founded in 1968, Reason will host the mother of all parties for our golden year in Los Angeles on November 3, at the downtown Ritz-Carlton.
All tickets to the gala (go here for pricing) include admission to a Saturday morning program emceed by Matt Welch and me and packed with Reason luminaries such as Virginia Postrel, Jacob Sullum, Ronald Bailey, Robby Soave, and of course Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward.
We'll be joined by fellow travelers such as the ACLU's Nadine Strossen, Scientific American's Michael Shermer, The Los Angeles Times' Gustavo Arellano, The Volokh Conspiracy's Eugene Volokh, and more (the program is, like the national debt, always growing, but in a good way). We're going to have fun, celebratory conversations and remembrances about how far we've come since 1968 and what we need to be pushing toward over the next 50 years.
Lunch will feature broadcasting legend John Stossel, who credits Reason with turning him into the fire-breathing libertarian he is, and who is currently burning bright on YouTube and Facebook with a series of Stossel on Reason video docs and op-eds. Fox Business star Kennedy will host the dinner program, which will boast remarks from 2002 Nobel Prize-winning economist Vernon Smith. Former federal budget director, two-term Indiana governor, and current president of Purdue University Mitch Daniels will offer up his views on Reason's influence, impact, and inspiration.
A Boston University student named Lanny Friedlander (1947–2011) launched Reason magazine. His new publication featured a clean and striking graphic design and, more important, a clean and striking ethos. Friedlander's editor's note in the first issue of Reason proclaimed:
When REASON speaks of poverty, racism, the draft, the war, student power, politics, and other vital issues, it shall be reasons, not slogans, it gives for conclusions… Proof, not belligerent assertion. Logic, not legends. Coherence, not contradictions. This is our promise: This is the reason for REASON.