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August/September 2019 issue of Reason
Editor-in-ChiefKatherine Mangu-Ward
CategoriesGeneral interest, public policy
Frequency11 issues annually
First issueMay 1968; 56 years ago (1968-05)
CompanyReason Foundation
CountryUnited States

Reason is an American libertarian monthly magazine published by the Reason Foundation, with the tagline "Free Minds and Free Markets".[1] The magazine aims to produce independent journalism that is "outside of the left/right echo chamber." The magazine has a circulation of around 50,000.[2]


Reason was founded in 1968 by Lanny Friedlander (1947–2011),[2][3] a student at Boston University,[4] as a more-or-less monthly mimeographed publication. In 1970, it was purchased by Robert W. Poole Jr., Manuel S. Klausner, and Tibor R. Machan, who set it on a more regular publishing schedule.[3][4] During the 1970s and 1980s, the magazine's contributors included Milton Friedman, Murray Rothbard, Thomas Szasz, and Thomas Sowell.[5] In 1978, Poole, Klausner, and Machan created the associated Reason Foundation, in order to expand the magazine's ideas into policy research.[3] Marty Zupan joined Reason in 1975, and served through the 1980s as managing editor and editor-in-chief, leaving in 1989.[6]

Virginia Postrel was editor-in-chief of the magazine from July 1989 to January 2000. She founded the magazine's website in 1995.[7] Nick Gillespie became editor-in-chief in 2000.[8]

In June 2004, subscribers to Reason magazine received a personalized issue that had their name, and a satellite photo of their home or workplace on the cover. The concept was to demonstrate the power of public databases, as well as the customized printing capabilities of Xeikon's printer, according to then editor-in-chief Nick Gillespie.[9] The move was seen by David Carr of The New York Times as "the ultimate in customized publishing" as well as "a remarkable demonstration of the growing number of ways databases can be harnessed."[9]

In 2008, Matt Welch became magazine's editor-in-chief, with Gillespie becoming editor-in-chief of[8] In 2011, Gillespie and Welch published the bookThe Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America, which they co-wrote.[10]

Reason editors in 2021: left to right, Peter Suderman, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch

Katherine Mangu-Ward became the magazine's editor-in-chief in June 2016, with Welch moving to an editor-at-large position.[11] Nick Gillespie is the other editor-at-large of Reason.

Hit & Run[edit]

Hit & Run was Reason's group blog. It was maintained and written by the staff of the magazine. It was started in 2002 and discontinued on April 14, 2019, with's site redesign. Then-editor Gillespie and then-Web editor Tim Cavanaugh, both veterans of, modeled the blog in some ways after that website: they brought along several other writers to contribute, fostered a style in the blog matching that former website's sarcastic attitude, and even the name "Hit & Run" was taken from what had been a weekly news roundup column on Reason editors referred to this co-opting of the former website as the "Suck-ification of Reason".[12]

In 2005, Hit & Run was named as one of the best political blogs by Playboy.[13]

Reason TV[edit]

Reason TV is a YouTube channel affiliated with Reason magazine that produces short-form documentaries and video editorials. Nick Gillespie is editor-in-chief. The site produced a series of videos called The Drew Carey Project hosted by comedian Drew Carey.[14] Reason TV teamed with Carey again in 2009 to produce "Reason Saves Cleveland", in which Carey suggested free market solutions to his hometown's problems.[15]

Since 2010, comedian Remy Munasifi has partnered with Reason TV to produce parody videos.[16] Since 2017, John Stossel has produced more than 100 commentary segments published on the Reason TV YouTube channel.[17]

Reason TV has a playlist called "Great Moments in Unintended Consequences" which examines historical and contemporary examples of government regulations producing unintended consequences.[18]

Reason podcasts[edit]

Reason has multiple podcast series,[19] including Reason Roundtable, a weekly podcast in which the editors "discuss and debate the week’s biggest stories and what fresh hell awaits us all".

The Reason Interview with Nick Gillespie, is a podcast series in which editor at large, Nick Gillespie interviews activists, artists, authors, entrepreneurs, newsmakers, and politicians on current issues such as free speech, censorship, gun control, COVID-19 regulations, institutions such as the FBI, geopolitics and more. The podcast occasionally focuses on historical topics, such as pacifism during World War 2 and the philosophical views of Adam Smith and Ayn Rand.

The Soho Forum Debates is moderated by Gene Epstein and features live debates between public intellectuals on current issues such as bitcoin, electric vehicles, government debt, illegal drugs, robotics, and sex work.

The podcast series Why We Can't Have Nice Things is a six part series about American trade policy and its impacts on the economy, such as the 2022 United States infant formula shortage.

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  1. ^ "Reason Foundation – About". May 31, 2007. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Fox, Margalit (May 7, 2011). "Lanny Friedlander, Founder of Reason Magazine, Dies at 63". The New York Times. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Burns, Jennifer (2009). Goddess of the market: Ayn Rand and the American Right. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 328. ISBN 978-0-19-532487-7.
  4. ^ a b Gillespie, Nick (April 24, 2011). "Shine On, You Crazy Diamond". Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Williams, Walter E. (June 18, 1983). "Bringing Reason to the People". The Afro-American. p. 5.
  6. ^ Doherty, Brian (December 2008). "40 Years of Free Minds and Free Markets: An Oral History of Reason". Reason. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ideas Tour Speakers". The Atlantic. 2006. Archived from the original on September 11, 2023. Retrieved September 11, 2023.
  8. ^ a b "Reason Magazine and Announce New Editors" (Press release). Reason Foundation. November 27, 2007.
  9. ^ a b Carr, David (April 5, 2004). "Putting 40,000 Readers, One by One, on a Cover". The New York Times. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  10. ^ Gillespie, Nick; Welch, Matt (June 28, 2011). The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America. PublicAffairs. ISBN 978-1586489380.
  11. ^ Warren, James (June 17, 2016). "Reason's new editor on politics, intern life and leading the magazine into its next 50 years". Poynter. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  12. ^ Cotts, Cynthia (January 21, 2003). "A Marriage Made Online: How 'Reason' Came to 'Suck'". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on August 30, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2007.
  13. ^ "Top 10 Political Blogs". Playboy. November 2006.
  14. ^ "". Reason. Archived from the original on August 2, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  15. ^ "Reason Foundation on Reason Saves Cleveland". Reason Foundation. March 15, 2010. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  16. ^ McDonough, Megan (August 7, 2013). "Remy Munasifi: From 'Arlington Rap' to opening for Ron Paul". Washington Post. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  17. ^ Stossel, John (December 14, 2016). "John Stossel: What a skating rink can tell us about life (and government)". Fox News. Archived from the original on September 11, 2023. Retrieved September 11, 2023.
  18. ^ Meyer, Nathalie MP (April 10, 2022). "L'effet cobra : quand les initiatives politiques finissent mal" [The cobra effect: when political initiatives end badly]. Contrepoints (in French). Archived from the original on September 11, 2023. Retrieved September 11, 2023.
  19. ^ "Podcasts". Retrieved August 22, 2023.

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