Reason Magazine`s New Slogan:"Free Markets And Frightened Minds"
January 20, 2008, 02:18 AM
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Across Difficult Country observes:
"Some outré opinions printed years ago in a few of Ron Paul’s newsletters have precipitated a widespread libertarian moral panic. For believers in an inalienable right to necrophilia the Libertarianoids are surprisingly delicate about certain things, aren’t they?"
One test of how politically correct libertarians have become is to examine their flagship publication's coverage of James Watson. Before the recent contretemps, Reason loved Watson, as these examples show:
Reason Magazine - Hit & Run > James Watson—Genetic Libertarian The current issue of Discover has a fascinating interview with biologist James Watson, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. For example: ...

Reason Magazine - Hit & Run > "I'm Basically a Libertarian." That's James Watson, Nobel Prize winner and co-discoverer of DNA, talking in the January 2007 issue of Esquire. More of that here (full disclosure: the ...

But, when the chips were down, and Watson needed defenders, all Reason provided was this hemming and hawing, without a defense of "free minds" anywhere to be found:
Reason Magazine - Hit & Run > Is Nobelist James Watson, Co ... Is Nobelist James Watson, Co-Discoverer of the Structure of DNA, a Racist? Ronald Bailey | October 16, 2007, 10:21pm. According to the Independent, James ...

Reason Magazine - Hit & Run > Race and I.Q. Debate Blanks Slate* Race and I.Q. Debate Blanks Slate*. Ronald Bailey | December 3, 2007, 11:55am. Slate's science and technology columnist, Will Saletan, is now stumbling back ...