"It really is a strange magazine."
One of Lew Rockwell's correspondents hits the nail on the head
in his comments about the other ostensibly libertarian magazine on the shelves, Reason
Their slogan is "Free minds and free markets," but as the editor acknowledges, Reason
has become decreasingly interested in free markets, and more interested in the more nebulous concept of "free minds."
As far as I can tell, having a "free mind" involves not only supporting a free market, but also endorsing anything that someone chooses to do in the free market as a good thing. In Reason
, the statist is not the only enemy; so is anyone who criticizes anyone else's personal choices, no matter how self-destructive.
Thus, as the LRC writer noted, we have a book review in Reason
in which transsexual economist Donald/Dierdre McCloskey slams a book that has the audacity to suggest that wanting to have one's penis chopped off and replaced with a faux
vagina just might be abnormal. After all, how could anything anyone freely chooses to do in the free market ever be wrong in any sense at all?
Thus, we have Jacob Sullum upset
that anyone would dare suggest that plunking your infant in front of that wonderful product of the free-market, the TV, and using it as a baby-sitter could be anything but great parenting.
Thus, editor Nick Gillespie blasts
the movie Traffic
. Oh sure, Traffic
may criticize the drug war, but it even suggests that drug use
may, in fact, be bad for you.
When they're not celebrating vice and gadgets, they like to pretend that their "hip" personal tastes in popular culture are of great intellectual significance. Thus, we get a lot of stuff like this piece
by Virginia Postrel on why Buffy the Vampire Slayer
has "deep meaning."
As the Rockwell reader suggested, the Reason
people's fondness for vice, novelty, and bad TV are matched only by their apparent contempt for the foundational libertarian work of Ludwig von Mises. As their "top 35" demonstrates, you literally are more likely to see them praise Dennis Rodman as a visionary than give Mises credit for anything. But then, after all, that Mises guy was always such a square.
's not all bad. I liked this cover story
on why the heroic Martha Stewart "should go to heaven, and the SEC should go to hell." I found this piece
by Joe Bob Briggs, on the bizarre, once-controversial movie Mom and Dad
informative and entertaining. Associate editor Jesse Walker
often has good things to say. And there's often material of some interest by other good folks.
But as Rockwell's correspondent said, "It really is a strange magazine."
- posted by J. H. Huebert at 5:49 PM