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Forget Price Gouging: Businesses React Altruistically To Disasters (New at Reason)

With natural disasters in the news, the country is being treated to a real-time debate over the sins of so-called price gouging, or sharp hikes in the cost of food, water, fuel, and other essential items in affected areas. Defenders of gouging, including many libertarians, stress that price hikes force customers to prioritize their purchases […]

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What Does Child Porn Smell Like? DHS Is Training Dogs To Sniff it Out

To paraphrase the astronomer Arthur Eddington, not only is law enforcement more insane than we imagine, it’s more insane than we can imagine. Indeed, when the feds aren’t wasting time unsuccessfully failing to decipher the lyrics to “Louie, Louie,” they are training dogs to sniff out…child pornography. No kidding: “Today we’re announcing a new weapon […]

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Nicholas Sarwark on The Future of the Libertarian Party [New at Reason]

[embedded content] “The Republican Party hates libertarians,” says Libertarian Party national chair Nicholas Sarwark. “And as they show their disgust and distaste, and try to punish their legislators, what they’re doing is driving them into our arms.” Sarwark sat down with Reason’s Nick Gillespie at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas to discuss the Libertarian Party’s […]

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Why Trump Is Wrong To Hate Jeff Flake, Govt’s War on Cocktails, Reversing Aging…

Welcome HBO viewers who caught Reason’s Matt Welch on Real Time with Bill Maher last night! (Here’s the “overtime” segment, viewable at YouTube.) If you’re looking for a great podcast, check out the Reason Podcast, a thrice-weekly festival of the mind…the mouth, the stomach, and just about every other organ in the human body. On […]

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Super-Chef Tom Colicchio Changes Name of New Restaurant Because…Phrenology

David Shankbone, Flickr, WikimediaLet’s hope that Ed Krayewski is right that ESPN pulling sportscaster Robert Lee from calling a University of Virginia football game “because of the coincidence of his name” with the Confederate general is indeed a “turning point in the debate over ‘PC culture.’” ESPN’s Lee is Asian American and has no connection […]

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How To Pull Air Traffic Control Out of the 1960s!

Watch Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue (which bills itself, for better or worse, as “New York’s Hometown Airline”), talk up the need for air-traffic control (ATC) reform. He ain’t kidding. As Reason Foundation’s Robert W. Poole has been arguing for decades, our ATC system is mired in 1960s’ technology: The U.S. air traffic system is […]

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