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MATT WELCH

Reason

Lower-case-l libertarian journal of opinion and culture, loosely based in Los Angeles.


Old Propaganda and New
Why Bush is wrong to use the Cold Wars covert tactics in the new twilight struggle
Reason - March 2006

Executive Assistant
Alito Flunks the Most Pressing Judicial Test of Today and Tomorrow
Reason Online - January 17, 2006

The Pro-war Libertarian Quiz
How Far Are You Willing to Go to Win the War on Terror?
Reason Online - January 5, 2006

The War on Sedition
"Anglosphere" Allies Crack Down on Speech in the Name of Fighting Terror
Reason - February 2006

Fruit Use
Eminent Domain in New Orleans
Reason - February 2006

The Success Curse
Why Statism May Never Die in the Two Oldest Democracies
Reason Online - December 26, 2005

Fighting the Last War in Iraq and the Middle East
The Perils of Using Cold War Analogies in the Twilight Struggle Against Islamic Extremism
Reason Online - December 21, 2005

From Bob Woodward to Judith Miller
The Country's Most Reviled Reporter Is a Direct Descendant of its Most Beloved
Reason - January 2006

Sorry, Wrong Number
Truly Roving Wiretaps
Reason - January 2006

The Secret Sharer
Executive Patent Privilege
Reason - January 2006

Dirty Bummer
Why the White House Should Make its Case Against Jose Padilla, But Won't
Reason Online - Novemeber 23, 2005

Democrats--Not for Free Speech Anymore!
Once Again, the Party That Thinks it's Pro-Expression Demonstrates That it's Not
Reason Online - Novemeber 4, 2005

They Shoot Helicopters, Don't They?
How Journalists Spread Rumors During Katrina
Reason - December 2005

Pundit Payola
Accidental Propagandists
Reason - December 2005

Like Starting Over
Price Controls Are New Again
Reason - December 2005

Whatever Became of the Gubernator?
California's Reformer-in-Chief Looked a Lot Better in the Previews
Reason Online - October 31, 2005

Judith Iscariot
Miller Sells Journalism Down the River. Again.
Reason Online - October 17, 2005

Echo Chamber in the Superdome
A Louisiana National Guardsman Explains How He Dealt With False Rumors Being Piped Into Ground Zero of Hurricane Katrina
Reason Online - October 4, 2005

World's Greatest Degenerative Body
Watching the Senate confirm Mr. Roberts
Reason Online - Sept. 19, 2005

The Deadly Bigotry of Low Expectations?
Did the Rumor Mill Help Kill Katrina Victims?
Reason Online - September 6, 2005

The Second Romanian Revolution Will Be Televised
The TV Show Dallas Helped Overthrow Ceausescu. Now Gangsta Rap and Pop Culture Are Driving out Corrupt Post-Soviet Thugs
Reason - October 2005

Why The New York Times Loves Eminent Domain
Elite Newspapers and Liberal Activists Embrace the Kelo Decision at Their Long-term Peril
Reason - October 2005

Aloha, 50th State
When Affirmative Reparations Clash With Minority Rights, Maybe it's Time to Cut the Federal Cord
Reason Online - August 22, 2005

The Gingrich Legacy
Blunt Political Opportunism, Not Fancy Libertarian Ideas, Is Most of What's Left of the '94 Revolution
Reason Online - August 8, 2005

7 Questions for John Roberts
What I'd Like the Senate to Ask the Supreme Court Nominee
Reason Online - July 20, 2005

Shield Journalism, Not Journalists
Three Simple Solutions to Judith Miller's Messy Legal Problem
Reason Online - July 5, 2005

Capturing Tom Friedman
The Times Columnist Does Foreign Policy Punditry by Clich
Reason - August 2005

Sympathy for the Vampire
Priests May Crucify Nuns, People May Rip out the Hearts of the Dearly Departed... But Romania Is a Country on the Upswing That Deserves our Help
Reason Online - June 22, 2005

Lying: The Government's Drug
How Raich Helps us Delude Ourselves
Reason Online - June 8, 2005

Cashing in on Weblogs
Major Media Companies Are Investing in Blogs. Is This a New Boom or Just a Bubble?
Reason - July 2005

Welfare Queen
Farm Subsidies for the Filthy Rich
Reason - July 2005

Cuba Spring, or Trap?
Cautious Optimism About Castro's Opponents
Reason Online - May 25, 2005

G.W. and the Bear
Bush Pushes Putin in Russia's Near Abroad
Reason Online - May 10, 2005

Who Gets to Play Journalist?
An Academic Question Becomes a Pressing Legal Issue
Reason - June 2005

The Pope of Relativism
Ratzinger and His Fans Should Know Better Than to Confuse Western Society With a "Dictatorship"
Reason Online - April 26, 2005

Cold Warriors in Heaven
Why We're Still Arguing Over Who Beat the Commies
Reason Online - April 5, 2005

Locker-Room Liberty
Athletes Who Helped Shape Our Times and the Economic Freedom That Enabled Them
Reason - May 2005

Free at Last
New Newspapers Are Springing up Everywhere, Despite the Government's Help
Reason - May 2005

Subsidies and Lies
How Baseball Came Back to D.C.
Reason - May 2005

Bad Host
Cutting off Iranian Dissidents
Reason - May 2005

Jock Sniffing
Congress Has No Business Examining Baseball's Urine
Reason Online - March 14, 2005

Goldwater Democrats
Why Democrats Should Learn to Love Limited Government
Reason Online - March 7, 2005

The Pentagon's Secret Stash
Why We'll Never See the Second Round of Abu Ghraib Photos
Reason - April 2005

A High White Note
Hunter Thompson's Writing -- and Politics -- Were One of a Kind
Reason Online - February 22, 2005

Deaniac Democrats
Will the Vermont Screamer and His Enfranchised "Net Roots" Marginalize or Revitalize the Party of the People?
Reason Online - February 7, 2005

Taking the Fifth
When Journalists Threaten Our Right to Remain Silent
Reason - March 2005

Baby Geniuses
Vouchers for Prodigies?
Reason - March 2005

C'est Rien
The Great Transatlantic Rift May End With a Shrug, not a Bang
Reason Online - January 25, 2005

Bamboozlers on the Loose
For Evidence of State Propaganda, Just Look Around You
Reason Online - January 11, 2005

That Old, Tired Balancing Act
Did the Election Kill Objective Campaign Journalism?
Reason - February 2005

Who's Tortured?
What Prominent Conservative Commentators Have Said About Prisoner Abuse
Reason Online - December 27, 2004

George Bush vs. Barry Bonds
The Government's Effective Smear Campaign Against Baseball's Best Player
Reason Online - December 8, 2004

Fly the Frugal Skies
How Low-cost Airlines Have Transformed Europe -- and What it Means for America
Reason - January 2005

All Tomorrow's Partisans
The Culture War After Election 2004
Reason - January 2005

Song for Dan Rather
No Critic Could Hate Diamond Dan More Than He Hated Himself...and the Rest of Us
Reason Online - November 29, 2004

America Unbound ... or Insolvent?
Bush Knows That Anti-Americanism Is Costly; He Just Doesn't Care
Reason Online - November 15, 2004

Bush Unbound
Republicans (Probably) Get an Actual Mandate
Reason Online - November 3, 2004

Biased About Bias
The Hunt for Ideology Becomes an Ideology
Reason - December 2004

Show Us Your Vote!
Why Journalists Should Open Their Secret Ballots
Reason Online - October 19, 2004

A Swift Boat Kick in the Teeth
How the Mainstream Media Grapple With Partisans
Reason - November 2004

Unbalanced Like a Fox
Rupert Murdoch's Critics Should Follow His Lead
Reason - October 2004

Coverage of the 2004 Republican Convention
28 Entries on Real-time Weblog From New York
Reason Online - August 30-September 2, 2004

Coverage of the 2004 Democratic Convention
34 Entries on Real-time Weblog From Boston
Reason Online - July 25-31, 2004

Watergate Blowback
The White House's Ongoing Battle Against Post-Nixon Sunshine Laws
Reason - August 2004

Only Money
Campaign Finance Reform Bites Supporters on the Rear
Reason - July 2004

Fair-Weather Friends
When Journalists Desert From Free-Speech Battles
Reason - June 2004

Flaming the Messenger
Looking for a Fifth Column in the Media? Try Try Again
Reason Online - May 27, 2004

McCain's Bane
Q&A: FEC Chair Bradley Smith Explains Why He Voted Against Regulating 527s
Reason Online - May 13, 2004

Confessions of a Multilateralist
Two Cheers for the EU's Historic Expansion
Reason Online - May 4, 2004

Temporary Doves
Why Are the Architects of Kosovo So Down on Gulf War II?
Reason - May 2004

Gossip Wants To Be Free
In Defense of Online Scandal-Mongering
Reason - May 2004

Cracked Paneling
When Bush Fights To Keep Information Secret, National Security Suffers
Reason Online - April 16, 2004

Hack Roast
When Citizens Attack ... Reporters
Reason - April 2004

Injustice by Default
How the Effort to Catch 'Deadbeat Dads' Ruins Innocent Men's Lives
Reason - February 2004

Alt Business
Commerical Magazines Fill Gap Left By Commercial Radio
Reason - February 2004

If You Build it, They Will Leave
Sports Teams Fleece the Taxpayer, Again
Reason - January 2004

Open Season on 'Open Society'
Why an Anti-Communist Holocaust Survivor Is Being Demonized as a Socialist, Self-hating Jew
Reason Online - December 8, 2003

Balls
The Joy of Watching Ideas Win
Reason - December 2003

Time Enough for Love
Robert A. Heinlein's New Oldie
Reason - December 2003

Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative, Personally Narcissist
Can Arnold Deliver on his Substantial Political Promise?
Reason Online - November 17, 2003

UnFAIR
The Failure of 'Market Failure'-Driven Fire Insurance
Reason Online - November 5, 2003

Golden Bear?
California's Surprising Economy
Reason - November 2003

Keeping Psychics Honest
Only in San Fran, Part XXIX
Reason - November 2003

Baseball Welfare
Will the Marlins Soak Miami Taxpayers Yet Again?
Reason Online - October 22, 2003

Bad Boys Get Spanked
Recall Was About One Important Issue -- Firing Gray Davis
Reason Online - October 9, 2003

Minority Report
California Latinos Confound Pre-Election Predictions
Reason Online - October 8, 2003

Gray's Last Stand
Recall Turned a Cautious Plodder Into a Reckless Governor
Reason Online - October 7, 2003

Diamonds in the Guff
A Closer Look at Five Fringe Gubernatorial Candidates
Reason Online - October 7, 2003

Liberty Belle
France's New Libertarian Youth Leader
Reason - October 2003

The Day Nothing Changed
Two Years Later, it's August 2001 All Over Again
Reason Online - September 11, 2003

Intervention Logic
Do We Always Need to Send More Troops Abroad?
Reason Online - August 28, 2003

Re-Propping 187
California's Controversial 1994 Measure Makes a Comeback
Reason Online - August 14, 2003

BASE! How Low Can You Go
Gray Davis' Nauseating Pander to the Left
Reason Online - August 1, 2003

Anything But the Ombudsman!
Why Newspapers Should Avoid In-House Watchdogs
Reason - August/September 2003

Reporters Sans Entree
Dept. of Homeland Scrutiny
Reason - August/September 2003

Felonious Bunk
Why Ex-Cons Should Be Given the Vote
Reason Online - July 25, 2003

Dusty Inroads
Baker's 'Heat' Statement, True or False, May Signal New Era
Reason Online - July 10, 2003

Disassembling Mexifornia
Immigration Debate and Policy Is Shifting Right Under Our Noses
Reason Online - June 25, 2003

The Bright Side of Merde
Hopeful Thoughts About France's National Strikes
Reason - June 12, 2003

Echo Chamberlain
An American President Says Never Again, Again
Reason - June 2, 2003

Keeping Journalists Out
Homeland Security Saved From Insidious European Tech Reporters
Reason - May 20, 2003

Velvet President
Why Vaclav Havel Is Our Era's George Orwell and More
Reason - May 2003

Woe is Media
It's Time to Save Journalism From its Saviors
Reason - December 2002

Foul Ball
How Castro and the Embargo Have Silenced a Cuban Baseball Historian
Reason - June 2002

Speaking Lies to Power
Ralph Nader Fudges the Truth Just Like a Real Politician
Reason - May 2002

The Politics of Dead Children
Have Sanctions Against Iraq Really Murdered Millions?
Reason - March 2002

Censorship Gravy Train
Oh, To Be a Seven-Figure Victim of the New McCarthyism
Reason - January 25, 2002

The Libertine Right
Has Sept. 11 Made Right Wingers Defenders of Decadence?
Reason - Nov. 26, 2001


Comments, questions, bad links? Send e-mail to Matt Welch.

© 1986-2006; All rights reserved.

In-House Watchdogs
Reason - August/September 2003

Reporters Sans Entree
Dept. of Homeland Scrutiny
Reason - August/September 2003

Felonious Bunk
Why Ex-Cons Should Be Given the Vote
Reason Online - July 25, 2003

Dusty Inroads
Baker's 'Heat' Statement, True or False, May Signal New Era
Reason Online - July 10, 2003

Disassembling Mexifornia
Immigration Debate and Policy Is Shifting Right Under Our Noses
Reason Online - June 25, 2003

The Bright Side of Merde
Hopeful Thoughts About France's National Strikes
Reason - June 12, 2003

Echo Chamberlain
An American President Says Never Again, Again
Reason - June 2, 2003

Keeping Journalists Out
Homeland Security Saved From Insidious European Tech Reporters
Reason - May 20, 2003

Velvet President
Why Vaclav Havel Is Our Era's George Orwell and More
Reason - May 2003

Woe is Media
It's Time to Save Journalism From its Saviors
Reason - December 2002

Foul Ball
How Castro and the Embargo Have Silenced a Cuban Baseball Historian
Reason - June 2002

Speaking Lies to Power
Ralph Nader Fudges the Truth Just Like a Real Politician
Reason - May 2002

The Politics of Dead Children
Have Sanctions Against Iraq Really Murdered Millions?
Reason - March 2002

Censorship Gravy Train
Oh, To Be a Seven-Figure Victim of the New McCarthyism
Reason - January 25, 2002

The Libertine Right
Has Sept. 11 Made Right Wingers Defenders of Decadence?
Reason - Nov. 26, 2001


Comments, questions, bad links? Send e-mail to Matt Welch.

© 1986-2006; All rights reserved.

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