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20 years ago

March 2001

"Whatever one may think of the Florida high court's handling of the election cases, there's no disputing that when it comes to lack of judicial restraint, it's the U.S. Supreme Court that takes the prize."
Mike Godwin
"Election 2000"

"Adults who enlist in the anti-television crusade always insist that it is 'impressionable youths' whom they wish to protect. In the guise of shielding youths, however, adults are trying to contain and control them."
Jib Fowles
"The Whipping Boy"

"Punditry rests on a foundation of easy stereotypes, clichés that make it easier to fit one's ideas into a short op-ed or even shorter soundbite. So when social conservatives and liberal social engineers team up against speech that both find distasteful—be it pornography, South Park, or video games—the combination is inevitably labeled an 'unusual alliance,' even if those allegedly unusual allies have been snuggling for years."
Jesse Walker
"Intolerant Alliance"

25 years ago

March 1996

"In the law journals if not yet in media of mass circulation, the Second Amendment has captured the attention of scholars, including some of the most eminent and respectable in the field, who find, somewhat to their own surprise as they reflect upon the matter for the first time, that the private right to keep and bear arms is very much in character with the Bill of Rights as a whole and with the thinking of the Framers of the Constitution."
Daniel Polsby
"Second Reading"

40 years ago

March 1981

"So, while Ronald Reagan is certainly no libertarian, he has in the past occasionally demonstrated healthy attitudes toward reducing taxation. No doubt this has something to do with his almost constant struggle with IRS harassment since the end of World War II, not to mention his experience of having been in the 91 percent tax bracket during the late 1940s."
Timothy Condon
"What Will Reagan Do About Taxes?"

"Mr. Reagan should reconsider the grey areas he has accepted as warranting compromise of the principle of individual liberty. He should take to heart his very own words that 'libertarianism and conservatism are traveling the same path,' and he should make this into a policy, not just a bland wish. The world and this country today need far more human liberty than anything else conservatives have to offer."
Tibor Machan
"Some Thoughts for the New President"

"The United States has acquired an enviable reputation as a haven for refugees. The adventurous and the skilled have gravitated to its opportunities; the victims of political or religious repression and economic hardship have sought and found sanctuary on its welcoming shores. Until the Immigration Acts of 1921 and 1925, few were turned away, and those who were admitted generally found a better life than they had left behind."
David Rees
"Who Can Cross Our Borders?"

50 years ago

March 1971

"Libertarians must stop looking to the past for allies in their struggle for a rational culture and look toward the future. Our hope lies, as difficult as it may be for some to accept, not with remnants from an illusory 'golden age' of individualism, but with tomorrow, with youth, with anyone who will listen. Our day has not come and gone. But it could be coming."
Roy Childs
"Big Business and the Rise of American Statism, Part Two"

"To decide if the police are efficient, one must question the ethical suppositions which act as the rationale and source of wisdom for the present system. Because efficiency can be defined only with reference to desired goals, underlying premises need to be carefully examined. Indeed, the greatest portion of today's police problems can be traced to either the fact that few people really know what they want the police to do or to the fact that people have exceedingly hazy or dogmatic reasons for asking police to do the tasks selected as 'proper.'"
Lanny Friedlander
"The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight"

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  1. Our hope lies, as difficult as it may be for some to accept, not with remnants from an illusory ‘golden age’ of individualism, but with tomorrow, with youth, with anyone who will listen.

    Turns out the youth of tomorrow, like the youth of every age, were idealistic idiots in favor of “revolution now” rather than incremental change and the revolution they favored was the revolution of Mao, of Che, of Pol Pot, of Ortega, of Chavez and of Bernie. Everybody thinks they know best how everybody should live their lives and youth with no experience of how the world actually works but plenty of theories think they know the most.

    1. Always reminds me of the chilling scene in “Cabaret” where the Hitler Jugend start singing “Tomorrow Belongs to Us.”

    2. While that is true, didn’t the yoots get it from their parents who now quarrel with the poor Denny’s wait-staffer over their Senior Discount coffee?

      Didn’t the little entitled Tricycle Motors get it from the wrinkled-up members of the American Association of Retired Pharts who sew plastic pockets into their jackets so they can scoop up goodies at the “Early Bird Specials” on the buffets?

      For every Millenial screaming for “Safe Spaces,” isn’t there an old Drunk Fox-Watching Uncle in The Association of Moldy American Codgers who wants a gated community away from “The Alphabet People” and “Furriners?”

      And does Pip-Pap’s 53 Confirmed Kills really say anything better about our society than Junior’s Participation Trophy?

      You’re not wrong, JerrysKids, but there is blame to go around throughout the forest of family trees. The fight for freedom has to be fought and re-fought in every generation to both grow it and keep it.

  2. These archive articles only serve to highlight that Reason used to be a libertarian magazine.

    Kind of like the Scientific American archive articles revealing that they used to be neutral and scientific in their journalism.

    1. Yeah. Oh how the mighty have fallen. :-\

    2. “Remember when libertarianism meant no entitlements for anyone from the Welfare Queen to the Corporate Crony and not Universal Basic Income? Remember when liberty meant liberty for all and not just the ‘Woke?’ Remember when the First Amendment was the First Amendment and not Section 230 of The Communications Decency Act? Remember when rioting criminals as well as The State were equally enemies of liberty?”

      “Pepperidge Farm Remembers…”

  3. “Whatever one may think of the Florida high court’s handling of the election cases, there’s no disputing that when it comes to lack of judicial restraint, it’s the U.S. Supreme Court that takes the prize.”

    Mike Godwin

    You know who else attacked the courts?

    1. Uh, Andrew Jackson?

    2. Miners. They are always looking for quartz.

  4. “Libertarians must stop looking to the past for allies in their struggle for a rational culture and look toward the future. Our hope lies, as difficult as it may be for some to accept, not with remnants from an illusory ‘golden age’ of individualism, but with tomorrow, with youth, with anyone who will listen. Our day has not come and gone. But it could be coming.”
    Roy Childs

    I take this to mean that there never was a “Dance Hall Days”–“When I, you, and everyone we knew, could believe, do, and share in what was true.”

    Different times and places in history were closer to freedom than others, but basically there was brutality and barbarism somewhere or another at all times. If we want The Cheesecake Factory and The Full Monty of “Liberty and Justice for All,” we have to get it now!

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