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'When I Encountered Libertarian Ideas, They Just Resonated With Me': Podcast

Marty Zupan talks about editing Reason in the 1980s, meeting Hayek before it was cool, moving to IHS, and life in the liberty movement.

"I was a college student during the Vietnam War era, but I was putting myself through college and was way too busy with that to be one of those students....When I landed with Reason...I didn't know what 'Berkeley' was...I didn't know who Goldwater was," says Marty Zupan, who started writing for the magazine in 1972. "But when I encountered libertarian or classical liberal ideas...they just resonated with me."

Zupan became editor-in-chief in 1984, helming the magazine during its move from Santa Barbara, California, to Los Angeles. In 1989, she left Reason and the West Coast to take a job at the Institute for Humane Studies, where she would become president in 2001 before retiring in 2016. Her Reason archive is online here.

Founded in 1968 by Lanny Friedlander (1947–2011), Reason is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting a series of in-depth conversations with past editors in chief about how the magazine has changed since its founding, what we've gotten right and wrong over the years, and what the future holds for believers in "free minds and free markets."

In this Reason Podcast, Zupan talks with me about her experiences and growth in the libertarian movement and focuses on the unique role that the magazine of "free minds and free markets" has played over the past half-century. "One of the virtues of Reason was that it drew on the multiple strands within the libertarian, classical liberal world out there," she says. "Reason would publish a debate, say, between a non-interventionist and a, 'No, really the Soviet Union and its empire is an existential threat to the U.S. and we need to do something about it.' We had the internal debates."

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  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    My question: Does Marty Zupan go around reminding people she's a "national treasure"?

  • Michael Hihn||

    If I try VERY hard, I can recall when Reason was still libertarian.
    There was no Gillespie shilling for the wacky right, spewing bullshit that huge postwar spending cuts triggered a postwar boom (citing bullshit data from Mercatus)

    It's now a snare for suckers, as web traffic plummets.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Chemtrails: How to protect your compound from the fallout.

    Also in this issue: How to make a gas mask with basic household items.

  • Citizen X||

    Reprinted by popular demand: How To Tell If Your Milkman Is A Chinese

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Pronounced "chinee"

  • Michael Hihn||

    The "snare for suckers" trapped three of them. So far. They have no examples, just gibberish, versus my absolute -- if inconvenient -- truth. All too typical.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    "Absolute truth" is rather high praise for any statement, let alone one's own.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Love is love and science is real.

    SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS REVEALS MAJOR DIFFERENCES IN
    THE BREAST SIZE OF WOMEN IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
    - U.S. women have a significantly larger mean breast volume than women born in other countries

    John D. L. Anderson - Curator of Human Anatomy, New Delhi School of Applied Sciences
    Susan C. Chandler – Senior Lecturer, Aesthetic Surgery, Braga Medical School
    Megan A. B. Mason - Senior Researcher, Department of Mathematical Statistics, UISS
    Chennan B. Khan - Professor, Diagnostic Technology, New Delhi School of Applied Sciences
    Jennifer E. Lindsay – Associate Director, ND Garment Ltd
    Richard M. Sandler - Professor of Radiology, Camiry University
    Liu G. Wong - President Emerita of Atape Institute of Human Anatomy

    Abstract
    In recent years the breast size (i.e., bra cup size and bra band size) of women has been
    studied in a number of national and regional research projects. Most of the studies have been
    conducted by universities in cooperation with companies within the lingerie industry and
    other commercial stakeholders.

  • Citizen X||

    U! S! A! U! S! A!

  • gaoxiaen||

    I love science.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Wait. Judi Dench was an editor of Reason?

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Beat your ass to it, bitch.

  • Michael Hihn||

    it's crackers to slip a rozzer, the dropsy in snide.

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