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the Young Journalist Fellowship and is pleased to announce two open
fellowship roles. Tell all your friends! http://reason.com/work-at-reason

Young Journalist Fellowship

Reason’s Young Journalist Fellowship is an opportunity for
early-career and aspiring journalists to develop their skills and
gain experience while exploring the ideas of free minds and free
markets through the premiere outlet for liberty-focused
journalism.

Reason is currently accepting applications for the following
roles:

Visual Content Fellowship

Reason.com, the leading libertarian news and commentary
website with over 3 million monthly visits, is looking for
editorial design artists to create compelling visual content for
our site.

The ideal candidate is passionate about free minds and free
markets, is a news junkie who stays constantly abreast of issues
trending on social media, has excellent graphic design and layout
skills, and has a vision for how to reach new audiences by adding
visual content to Reason.

For application instructions and more information, visit
http://reason.com/work-at-reason

Washington, D.C. Reporting Fellowship

Reason.com, the leading libertarian news and commentary
website with over 3 million monthly visits, is looking for a
libertarian political junkie to cover Capitol Hill and beyond.

The reporter would be responsible for covering the actions and
words of “Liberty Movement” politicians on Capitol Hill, and
important political news of the day, especially issues of
particular interest to libertarians, such as Obamacare, federal
spending, debt, war, civil liberties, criminal justice reform, the
drug war, elections, etc.

For application instructions and more information, visit
http://reason.com/work-at-reason

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Sheldon Richman on Crime and Punishment in a Free Society

The criminal justice system as we know it is a
product of state arrogation and a repudiation of individualism. But
would a free society be a crime-free society? Sheldon Richman
assures that he isn’t being utopian when he says we have good
reason to anticipate it.

View this article.

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ReasonTV Replay: How Pearl Harbor – and December 1941 – Made America a Global Power

72 years ago today
Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor, launching the United
States into World War II. As Craig Shirley argued during a
2011 ReasonTV interview, not only did the attack push America into
the war, but it steered U.S. foreign policy away from its long
history of non-interventionism. 

Here is the original text from the Dec. 7, 2011
interview: 

The bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December
7, 1941 killed over 2,400 Americans and led directly to the entry
of the United States into World War II.

In his powerful, thickly researched new book, December 1941: 31
Days That Changed America and Saved the World, Craig Shirley
chronicles the day-by-day shifts in American culture, politics, and
national identity through that horrible month. Before December,
Shirley tells Reason’s Nick Gillespie, a solid majority opposed
entry into World War II and the “eminently respectable” America
First movement was poised to help select the next president of the
United States. Non-interventionism was so universal that Franklin
Roosevelt himself had campaigned for his third term as president on
a promise to keep “American boys” out of European
wars.

By the start of 1942, says Shirley, the long tradition of
isolationism was over, never to be seen again. The nation that had
rejected the League of Nations after World War I helped create the
United Nations and America quickly became not simply a global
economic, political, and military power but the dominant player on
the globe.

The author of many books, including two biographies of Ronald
Reagan and a forthcoming book on Newt Gingrich, Shirley talks with
Reason’s Nick Gillespie about what was gained – and lost – in the
historical hinge point that was December 1941.

Approximately 8 minutes.

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Are You Ready for Some (Tax-Subsidized) Football on Championship Saturday?

Today
is a huge day for college football as various
conference-championship games will decide just who gets to play for
a national title in January.


My latest column for Time.com
is about all the rotten subsidies
that the college and professional game squeezes out of taxpayers
who don’t give a rat’s ass about the gridiron. Stadium deals in
which even craptacular teams (Vikings!) get sweetheart arrangements
are well-known. The extent of direct and indirect subsidies to
Division I college teams – even powerhouses – is less
well-publicized. Here’s a snippet:

With the exception of a tiny handful of programs – Ohio State,
University of Texas, LSU, and perhaps three or four more –
virtually every athletic program at every public NCAA Division I
school is subsidized even
as administrators plead poverty when it comes to resources for
faculty and, as you know, education. Especially in an age of
busted government budgets, even the most rabid sports fan should
agree that it’s an outrage that the highest-paid public
employee in
a majority of states
 is a college football coach (in
another 13, it’s a basketball coach).  It’s far better to be
broke and have a cellar-dwelling NFL franchise, right?

If you watch football this weekend, recognize that most of the
drama and meaning is taking place off the field. The way the
college and pro games are built on subsidies and giveaways neatly
encapsulates crony capitalism at its worst – and helps to explain
why taxes go up even as it seems there’s never enough money for
basic government functions.


Read the whole thing here.

And for god’s sake, Buckeyes, beat the Spartans in the Big 10
championship game if only because the latter gets a
$3.6 million subsidy
from its university.

What say you, Reason readers (and hopefully, Reason supporters –
please give to our
webathon
!): Should government at any level or in any way be
subsidizing sports that rake in millions of dollars?

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Count All the Stars in This Reason Video and Donate Now!

It’s Reason’s annual webathon and we’re looking to raise $150,000 over the next few
days. We’re over the $100,000 mark, so the goals is in sight.

Click above to watch a 75-second donation pitch packed with more
(and better!) stars than the Dumbbell Nebula! (And yes, the
start-screen is supposed to kinda sorta look like a late-’60s or
early ’70s album cover).

Do you love Reason – the print magazine, Reason TV, the
website Reason.com?

And are you tired of politicians, pundits, and rent-seeking
bastards (as Reason TV’s Paul Feine likes to put it) of all sorts
telling you what to do?

With your donation, we’ll keep dishing up award-winning
libertarian journalism and commentary for years to come.

But we DO need your help.

If you give $100, you’ll get a print or digital subscription to
Reason magazine and a classic black Reason T-shirt or this nifty
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you’ll get a private lunch in DC with a Reason editor. For more
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But regardless of the amount, you’ll get our undying gratitude
and a tax write-off for whatever you can afford to send our
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All contributions will help us beat back ever encroaching
statism in Washington and elsewhere.

From everyone at Reason, thanks for reading, for giving, and for
listening.

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John K. Ross on Stupid Laws that Cause Dangerous Hospital Shortages

This week, the American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU) filed a federal lawsuit alleging mistreatment of a woman in
the days leading up to her miscarriage at a Catholic hospital in
Michigan. The ACLU accuses Mercy Health Partners of negligence for,
among other things, failing to direct Tamesha Means to a hospital
that could have safely terminated her nonviable pregnancy after her
water broke at only 18 weeks gestation. John K. Ross points out
that Means could not have easily gone to another hospital, perhaps
one offering the full range of women’s health services, because
there is no such hospital, thanks to a stupid law preventing
competing facilities from opening.

View this article.

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Where Else You Gonna See Treme’s and The Wire’s David Simon Engaging Libertarians? One More Reason to Give to Reason

So we’re
a few days into Reason’s annual webathon and we’re asking readers
of this site to pony up $150,000 in
support
of our fearless libertarian journalism in Reason print,
online, and video editions.

The contributions are tax-deductible and you can pay in Bitcoin
if you got ’em.

Why should you help us out? Click on the interview above. It’s
with David Simon, the man behind The Wire, widely recognized as one
of the very best TV shows of all time, and Treme, which
begins its final season this week on HBO . Despite many areas of
agreement, it’s a contentious interview and it sparked
a hostile response from Simon
that led to our posting of the
full audio version of our conversation.

Let me suggest that this sort of interaction is one of the
unique things we do: We engage the world – and the people we admire
– in a way that is not only rare but invaluable. Across all of our
platforms, Reason journalists are testing the world, probing,
kicking the tires and finding out what’s what. And we’re also
always constantly trying to interrogate the limits of the
libertarian perspective so that we’re presenting the best arguments
and visions for a better world. Finally, we also try to do all this
with a sense of fun and adventure and brio rather than out of grim
duty or terror and apprehension about what might come next.

If you like reading and watching Reason – if you find our
content stimulating, provocative, infuriating, inspiring, valuable
– please consider helping us reach our target goal for the 2013
webathon
.

And give the final season of
Treme a shot
. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, the show is a
fascinating meditation on the tension between a reverence for the
past and “authenticity” and the absolute need to change and
progress into the future. The trick – and I’m sure the final season
will explore this in a way that only a master like Simon can do –
is how to respect and learn from the past without becoming
hopelessly stuck in it.

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Where Else You Gonna See Treme's and The Wire's David Simon Engaging Libertarians? One More Reason to Give to Reason

So we’re
a few days into Reason’s annual webathon and we’re asking readers
of this site to pony up $150,000 in
support
of our fearless libertarian journalism in Reason print,
online, and video editions.

The contributions are tax-deductible and you can pay in Bitcoin
if you got ’em.

Why should you help us out? Click on the interview above. It’s
with David Simon, the man behind The Wire, widely recognized as one
of the very best TV shows of all time, and Treme, which
begins its final season this week on HBO . Despite many areas of
agreement, it’s a contentious interview and it sparked
a hostile response from Simon
that led to our posting of the
full audio version of our conversation.

Let me suggest that this sort of interaction is one of the
unique things we do: We engage the world – and the people we admire
– in a way that is not only rare but invaluable. Across all of our
platforms, Reason journalists are testing the world, probing,
kicking the tires and finding out what’s what. And we’re also
always constantly trying to interrogate the limits of the
libertarian perspective so that we’re presenting the best arguments
and visions for a better world. Finally, we also try to do all this
with a sense of fun and adventure and brio rather than out of grim
duty or terror and apprehension about what might come next.

If you like reading and watching Reason – if you find our
content stimulating, provocative, infuriating, inspiring, valuable
– please consider helping us reach our target goal for the 2013
webathon
.

And give the final season of
Treme a shot
. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, the show is a
fascinating meditation on the tension between a reverence for the
past and “authenticity” and the absolute need to change and
progress into the future. The trick – and I’m sure the final season
will explore this in a way that only a master like Simon can do –
is how to respect and learn from the past without becoming
hopelessly stuck in it.

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Tom Bell on a World Without Copyrights

What would happen if
authors and publishers could not count on copyright to protect them
from piracy? History hints at the answer, Tom Bell writes. From the
founding of the United States until well into the 20th century,
domestic copyright laws generally denied foreign authors any form
of legal redress. Yet as the legal scholar Robert Spoo explains
in Without Copyrights, they developed other
stratagems to recoup the costs of writing, producing, and marketing
their works.

View this article.

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Baylen Linnekin on Washington, DC’s (Mostly) Good New Food Truck Rules

Food truckThis week marked the launch of
new rules in Washington, DC, that are intended to put an end to
years of rancor between the District’s food trucks and their
supporters on the one hand, and regulators and the restaurant lobby
in the District on the other. If the first week under the new
regulations is a harbinger of the long-term impact of the rules,
then Baylen Linnekin sees reason to be cautiously optimistic.

View this article.

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