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When the FBI Tried To Get Martin Luther King, Jr. To Kill Himself After He Won the Nobel Peace Prize

National Archives/New York Times In 2014, historian Beverly Gage published an unredacted version of the notorious November, 1964 letter sent anonymously to Martin Luther King, Jr. before he would travel to Europe to collect his Nobel Peace Prize (above). The letter suggested that King kill himself or else be outed for sexual improprieties. It is […]

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Oprah’s Golden Globes’ Speech Deflects Attention From Hollywood

Oprah’s Golden Globes’ Speech Deflects Attention From Hollywood

Welp. pic.twitter.com/usJMwKyDc9 — Josh Hammer (@josh_hammer) January 8, 2018 I admire what Oprah Winfrey has accomplished as a talk-show host, publisher, entrepreneur, and actress. Her defunct book club helped catapult some great writing to mass success it wouldn’t have had otherwise. But her much-praised speech last night at the Golden Globes doesn’t deserve the acclaim […]

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Libertarian Game of Thrones, Remy on Political Panic, 5 Cities F*cked by the Olympics: Reason’s Top 2017 Vids

Libertarian Game of Thrones, Remy on Political Panic, 5 Cities F*cked by the Olympics: Reason’s Top 2017 Vids

In 2017— the year that Reason.tv passed the 100-million mark at YouTube—we cranked out hundreds of new documentaries, parody vids, interviews, debates, live-event vids, and more (it’s all archived here). We also debuted Stossel on Reason, featuring the eponymous libertarian news legend, and Mostly Weekly, an info-rich, funny, libertarian answer to This Week with John […]

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What Feminists – and Islamists – Don’t Get About Burqas: Podcast

TwitterHijabs, niqabs, and burqas—different sorts of coverings worn by Islamic women—are divisive apparel in the West, associated with patriarchal oppression, cultural outsiders, and even suicide bombers. Yet few accounts actually discuss the experiences of the women wearing the veils, and the freedom and anonymity coverings can afford if worn voluntarily. Born in Pakistan and educated […]

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The Massive Higher-Ed Scam You’ve Never Heard About: Podcast

thaddeusrussell.comHistorian and entrepreneur Thaddeus Russell has a bone to pick with American higher education. It’s not simply that maverick opinions that stray from a liberal-progressive orthodoxy get squashed in classroom discussions and tenure decisions. Russell says the federal Department of Education effectively manages an accreditation system that controls the number and character of elite institutions […]

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Tax Reform Was Easy, Spending Cuts Are Un-possible

With the stroke of President Trump’s pen, long-promised tax reform is now the law of land. With it comes more than a few excellent developments—a major, overdue reduction in the corporate rates, a shift to a territorial system of collection, caps on tax expenditures such as deductions for state and local taxes and mortgage interest, […]

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