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The Immorality of Insurance: New at Reason

In the early 19th century, Americans just wouldn’t buy life insurance. The problem wasn’t mere procrastination. Many people deemed the very idea immoral. “Has a man the right to make the continuance of his life the basis of a bargain? Is it not turning a very solemn thing into a mere commercial transaction?” wrote a […]

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Adding Calorie Counts to Menus No Simple Feat: New at Reason

Food policy expert Baylen Linnekin weighs in on the latest complications with mandated calorie counts on restaurant menus and USA Today‘s breezy misassumption that it’s all so easy to implement: This week, New York City—the first place in America to require chain restaurants to post calorie information on their menus—expanded the reach of its menu-labeling […]

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Movie Review: Alien: Covenant: New at Reason

When founding director Ridley Scott returned to the Alien franchise five years ago with a prequel called Prometheus, he delivered a movie of sleek, dark beauty. What he didn’t deliver was much in the way of actual Aliens, those drooly horrors who first made the world’s acquaintance 38 years ago. Prometheus focused more on the […]

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Florists Lose on Free Expression: New at Reason

ReasonFlorists may see themselves as artists, but the state of Washington does not see bouquets as a form of expression. Scott Shackford writes in the latest issue of Reason: Sorry, florists: You may see yourselves as artists, but the state of Washington does not see bouquets as a form of expression. What’s more: Regardless of […]

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The Base Rhetoric of Mainstream Taxation Talk: New at Reason

From the discussion, you would never know the money in question actually belongs to particular individuals, who obtained it through voluntary exchange or gift. Reason Staff|May. 14, 2017 8:00 am RICHARD B. LEVINE/Newscom In a book on the German liberal social-critic Karl Kraus (Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus’s Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry), Thomas Szasz distinguished between […]

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I Love Dick Is Just What It Sounds Like: New at Reason

I Love Dick, the TV show based on Chris Kraus’ novel, is full of laugh-out-loud burlesque. Glenn Gavin writes: The popularity of Chris Kraus among feminists has always eluded me. For 20 years now, she has been writing novels in which thinly disguised—and often not disguised at all—versions of herself endure serial humiliations as they […]

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