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May 11, 2007

THE WASHINGTON POST asks: "Which monthly magazine editor argues that the spread of pornography is a victory for free expression? And that drugs from marijuana to heroin should not only be legalized, but using them occasionally is just fine? And is also quite comfortable with gay marriage? The answer is Nick Gillespie, libertarian and doctor of literature, who...is injecting [REASON magazine] with a pop-culture sensibility."

Indeed, Nick Gillespie recently wrote an editorial entitled "The FCC's Not Our Mommy or Daddy" — taking to task the Commission's proposals to regulate violence on TV. His assessment of the current climate of content regulations? "The result is a list of recommendations to Congress that seems as comically and absurdly detached from contemporary America as an episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants."

REASON, the libertarian monthly named one of "The 50 Best Magazines" three out of the past four years by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE was established in 1968 and now has a print circulation of 40,000 — Reason Online, the magazine's Web edition, draws 1.75 million visits per month, and the staff weblog HIT & RUN has been named by PLAYBOY, WASHINGTONIAN, and others as one of the best political blogs.

Gillespie originally joined Reason's staff in 1993 as an assistant editor and ascended to the top slot in 2000. His work has appeared In THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE NEW YORK POST, SLATE, SALON, Time.Com, MARKETPLACE, among others. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television networks such as National Public Radio, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Gillespie received his Ph.D. in English literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

References and Reading:
REASON Online
Find out more about the guiding principles of REASON — tagline "Offend Leftists, Annoy Conservatives" — in the online version of the magazine. The site holds an extensive free archive of the print edition too.

Hit and Run: The REASON blog
Recent posts on the REASON blog include: "Moore and Castro, Sittin' in a Tree," reflections on the anniversary of the birth control pill and musings on "ridiculous intellectual property lawsuits" brought by corporate giants like Colonel Saunders.

Reason Foundation
Delve further into the REASON's public policy issues. Recent position papers address matters from recycling: "The Rush to Ban Incandescent Light Bulbs and Plastic Bags," to immigration reform: "Reagan Embraced Amnesty, So Should Bush," to smokers' rights: "Politicians try to fund pet projects, raise revenues by sticking it to smokers."

Roger Wiliams
In their conversation Bill Moyers and Nick Gillespie discussed pioneer of religious freedom and founder of Rhode Island Roger Williams. Read Williams' "A Plea For Religious Liberty."

Photo by Robin Holland

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