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It's Webathon Sunday, which means it's time to check in on how Reason staffers have been doing these past 12 months representing libertarian viewpoints in non-Reason media/politics spaces. But first a quick exhortation to all you wonderful readers and listeners and viewers:


Thank you.

You know who's killing it this year? Reason's Corey A. DeAngelis, that's who. Not just with his conversation-shaping research about how public school closures correlate much more strongly with union power than COVID-19 spread, not just with his December magazine feature on how the virus is accelerating the demise of the public school monopoly model, but with his tireless advocacy for educational freedom wherever people are talking about school policy and the novel coronavirus. Which, this year, is everywhere.

Here is the Reason Foundation's director of school choice just this week on The Adam Carolla Show, whose eponymous host observed, "This guy Corey knows more than anybody."

Corey over the past year caught Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) lying about her son's private school education, kept tabs on the latest COVID-19/school developments on his popular Twitter feed, and oh yeah, just made one of those Forbes "30 Under 30" lists. From that write-up:

DeAngelis is one of the nation's leading authorities on school choice and homeschooling. He has authored or co-authored 32 peer-reviewed studies and more than 100 op-eds in outlets like The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He's done hundreds of speaking engagements and appears regularly on Fox News.

In this big no bueno of a year, where TV greenrooms are closed, presidential politics are suffocating, and the dread virus continues to cloud the judgment of so very many people (especially elected officials), it has been a challenge to fulfill longtime Reason hero Bob Poole's long-ago vision to "engage in the battle of ideas with the whole spectrum of thinking people."

Reason of course loves, nurtures, and constantly expands its own platforms, but as 1980s editor Marty Zupan told Brian Doherty in his must-read oral history of the magazine, "It was obvious…that if Reason wanted to grow, it needed to do more than have libertarians talking to one another." A key part of our mission to "influence the frameworks and actions of policymakers, journalists, and opinion leaders," is to insert ourselves wherever people are talking about politics, policy, and culture.

In bookstores, browsers come face to face with Reason arguments, most recently in Damon Root's A Glorious Liberty: Frederick Douglass and the Fight for an Antislavery Constitution, and Ronald Bailey's Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting (with Marian L. Tupy). When Bari Weiss exited The New York Times, Robby Soave went on cable television's most-watched program to broaden the discussion into how "people with totally mundane views are being canceled before our eyes" by a loud minority of mainstream journalists who are increasingly creating "toxic environment[s] for everyone who disagrees with them." And when yet another Trump voter seeks to blame libertarians for President-elect Joe Biden's coming reign of terror, Nick Gillespie is ready to appear on Fox airwaves to argue that "Virtually any time you look at something that is good that's happening in America, when you get there, libertarians will be opening the door for you, saying 'Come on in.'"

That last clip, of course, comes from Reason's great friend (and former correspondent!) Kennedy, whose eponymous Fox Business Network program is the single most welcoming televisual home for us waving the banner of "Free Minds and Free Markets." I had the great honor of working alongside the former MTV veejay in developing and executing the precursor show to Kennedy, called The Independents (along with some bum named Kmele Foster), and I will forever be in her debt for completing the job (as much as such things can be completed) that our own John Stossel started: teaching a poorly dressed, California-talking, write-first slouch like me to do a reasonable facsimile of television.

Oh yeah, Kennedy's also a Webathon donor!


The fun part about doing broadcast is that you never know whether a stray word or sentence will ruin your career, land with a deafening thud, or improbably strike a chord with people. I experienced the latter recently after delivering an uncharacteristically profane rant on the great Compound Media program, Mornin'!!! w/ Bill Schulz and Joanne Nosuchinsky, as Reason contributor Nancy Rommelmann looks around for the exits:

Sorry/not sorry! Long story short, going out into the non-Reason world and making principled libertarian arguments is a key part of our mission, as is encouraging the proliferation of Reason-friendly programming. Your donations make that all possible. 


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  2. Kennedy needs to get an OnlyFans so she can show us her pink elephant ears.

    1. If that’s your euphemism for a vagina, I pity your sexual history, fool!

      1. Kennedy actually has a pink elephant tattoo on her ankle or thigh….forget where exactly

  3. While Trump was the most libertarian president since Cal Coolidge, Reason spent four years trashing him.

    During the past nine months, Reason also campaigned for War on Drugs champion Joe Biden, failed to oppose the unscientific, constitutional and economically disastrous Democrat lockdowns, and failed to criticize the partisan and criminal riots by BLM and Antifa riots in cities.

    Seems like it would be more appropriate for Reason to solicit funds from wealthy left wingers and Democrats (than from libertarians).

    1. “Facts” not in evidence.

    2. Most libertarian probably better belongs to Carter, who deregulated more than Trump.

      Either way, it’s like comparing .01% and .02% against -10%.

      1. Including freeing us from shitty beer.

        1. Oh, was it Carter that legalized IPAs?

      2. Nothing says deregulation like creating the department of energy and department of education. Nothing bad happened with those.

        Do you even try to investigate talking points?

        1. Space Force. Did you even hear of that?

          1. Yes. Now let’s talk about regulations on military expansions. Like your first comment said sweetie. Or does “deregulate” imply military to you? Would explain a lot.

            1. Not military expansions*

            2. Get the fuck outta here. Why don’t you compare Trump’s budget with Obama’s, or any of his other predecessors. Trump spent more than any other president, by far.

          2. But they do have a cool logo. So that.

    3. Pretty hilarious that they’re bragging about school choice when Trump had the most pro school choice administration ever. But yeah I get it. Libertarians crave normal parameters.

    4. There is the little matter, that should concern libertarians and non-libertarians alike, that Trump is an incompetent, sociopathic moron.

      1. Okay you mendacious piece of shit, I’ll bite.

        Tell us what Trump did that was sociopathic when compared to the last four presidents (please say mean tweets).

        1. Aye, there’s the rub. Trump was rude, crude, and lewd. That is what sets off the TDS against Trump that makes him out to be literally Hitler. But on the other side, while he was better than Hillary, and possibly the most honest and transparent President in history, his only real accomplishments were holding the line; he moved the line towards liberty very little, where Hillary would have, and Biden will, move it away from liberty This is what sets off the TDS for Trump that makes him out to be literally Jesus Rothbard.

          Both sides are off their rockers. But for libertarians, the choice between Trump and Biden should have been clear: hold the line with Trump, or move the line towards the State with Biden.

          1. Pretty solid take, agree for the most part.

          2. I think the people that would have been in prison but aren’t is a positive move for liberty.

          3. Or libertarians could have just voted for that nice professor lady.

        2. The answer is very simple. Trump has never shown even a shred of empathy. If that doesn’t bother, well, that explains a lot about your commenting history here.

          1. Which of the last four presidents showed any real empathy?

            I would argue you have to be sociopathic to want the damn job in the first place.

      2. Wow. Rent free. Your head.

    5. Gillespie is bitching and moaning on Twitter because more republicans officials won’t acknowledge that Biden won.

      Which is hilarious coming from the gang that fell for the “Steele Dossier” and the Russian collusion hoax hook, line, and sinker, and have never once admitted that they were complete and total fabrications.

  4. Nick Gillespie @nickgillespie
    Last night, I talked with @KennedyNation abt how #libertarians are leading discussions on ending wars, finding cures, legalizing drugs, stopping police violence, and more. Via @ajwimsatt. 1/2

    Trump was progressing pretty well on the first three, but Reason thought he had mean tweets and the Kool Kids at CNN and the NYT didn’t like him.

    1. Progressing “pretty well” only for a swamp creature. For all his bluster, and for all he was better than Hillary or Biden, he sure hasn’t been leading much. He couldn’t even muster the courage to force the Pentagon into withdrawing troops and ending wars, his deregulating only hit a few of the low hanging fruit, and his tax cuts were countered by his tariff raising.

      1. even muster the courage to force the Pentagon into withdrawing troops and ending wars

        Did you know back in July the Democrats passed a rule forbidding Trump from withdrawing troops?
        Trump’s ignoring it and pressing ahead anyway, but it certainly delayed the troop withdrawals.

        It pisses me off to no end when the Reason writers themselves make the claim, knowing full well why things got delayed, but never mentioning it. It’s essentially lying…

        1. 3.5 years into his Presidency. Dems only got it through because Trump waffled so much, just as Obama could have closed Gitmo if he’d really wanted to.

          1. “3.5 years into his Presidency. Dems only got it through because Trump ”

            Ladies and gentlemen, if you needed a textbook example of TDS it’s quoted for you here.

            1. Eh? The whole topic of this thread has been Trump. You want I should have brought up Queen Victoria instead?

              1. And then it misses the point.

          2. Trump only got his peace deal with the Taliban five months earlier.

            And for doing that while fighting two phony investigations, a bullshit impeachment, a civil service in open rebellion and the democrats fighting it with lawfare at every turn, I think only 3.5 years is amazing.

      2. So you missed the open resistance in the unelected bureaucracy? The special investigations, impeachment. Etc?

  5. Well I’m not sure Kennedy was ever cool. Say why did you really fire Shrieky I mean it wasn’t because of her anti trump and anti modi stances.

    But nah I don’t do causes or donations to support far left wing policies that are culturally and economically destructive.

    Dance with who brung ya reason Koch.

    1. Might as well just donate directly to the DNC.

      1. Reason donations can be viewed as political contributions to a Democratic PAC. It’s their libertarian outreach program.

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  7. Nope. You wanted Biden, and you’ll get a Socialist (Harris) running twice as an incumbent (the Constitution lets you serve 10 years if you take over the last part of someone else’s term).

    You watched “The Science” being used for freedom and economy killing lockdowns without questioning the 40 cycle PCR or our less restrictive definition of a C19 death, both of which will be changed now that there is a Dem in the White House. This will be used to say “submission to a Government that followed The Science saved us all and we must continue to submit or be Science Deniers” once case and death counts drop due to the new definitions.

    Free minds and free markets? Nope, submission to The State that saved us all. You could have put yourselves on the record before that happened, but you lacked the balls to do so. Orange Man Bad.

    Enjoy our new Wall Street Wars and sellout to human rights abusing China – what’s a few dead non-Anglo foreigners when there is an Orange Man to remove.

    Seriously, fuck all of you with Postrel’s dick. She has more of one than anyone else left on your staff. Eat cat food. Blow random organs coming thru holes in mens’ room doors. Sell your organs on the Chinese black market. Do anything but ask me for a dime.

    Die, Reason.

    1. Die, Reason.

      And yet you copy-paste this screed on every Reason fundraising article. If Reason actually did die, where would you go to post your bullshit?

      You don’t want Reason to die. You need them, for the same reason Trump needs immigrants – as people to hate and rail against. They are the source of power for you.

      1. Youre a sad fat man. Proof fat people aren’t jolly.

        1. Do you think of yourself as a good person, Jesse? Making fun of people’s weight?

      2. Hate feeds upon itself, Jeff. But it does need an unmoderated forum where to wail and spew.

  8. I opted to subscribe to the actual magazine.

  9. Hey Reason, bring back Heaton as a regular and I’m in for another 25 bucks.

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    1. Her Brahmin-privileged view on racism in immigration is always a hot take.

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  18. The end of this article reminded me: in my shout-out with my donation this year, I shamefully neglected to praise the excellent work of Nancy Rommelmann this year.

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