There have been three recent editions of Reason that stand out in my mind. One of them, which came out before all of us techno-geeks became obsessed with Google Maps, had a satellite image of each subscriber’s unique house on it. It’s the only issue I didn’t receive in the mail in a timely manner. I assume some postal worker was as impressed as I was with their timely techno-gimmick. When I called to inform them I missed my copy, they sent me another one — albeit without my house on the cover.
The recent issue featuring immigration issues was superior to any coverage of the topic I’ve seen in any print media. They covered the immigration issue from many angles in an interesting (and often thought provoking) manner.
This latest issue is even better. Perhaps the most important reason is that Radley Balko Cory Maye issue — from the historical perspective to his unique view after visiting Prentiss, Mississippi to his indictment of no-knock raids in general. Anyone who follows this blog knows how important I find the Cory Maye story and how hard I’ve pushed it. Not only is it one which unites the left, right and libertarians on a single issue, it also highlights a lot of what’s wrong with the drug war, racism, and southern justice in general.the entire
BTW, I got an opportunity to thank Balko in person at a DC event last month for his work on the Cory Maye issue. If not for his dedicated work, there wouldn’t even be any hope for justice in this case. Also, if you live in Mississippi and happen to read this, make sure you don’t (even if a dedicated Republican) ever vote for Haley Barbour. His indifference to life and death as well as right and wrong should make him unpalatable to any rational person in the state. Keep in mind that I’m not some northern carpet-bagging interloper — I come from right next door in Alabama.
Another highlight of this month’s Reason is an adaptation from something John Stossel wrote about how difficult it is to terminate crappy (or criminal or sexually deviate, in some cases) public school teachers. They flow-charted the process, one which consumes four entire pages. In other words, there is one more fold on the chart than for a Playboy centerfold.
For any of you involved in education reform, the graphic is something which can be used in school board, city council, or state legislative sessions or hearings. It’s also a great campaign tool for those of you engaged in politics.
The cover story is interesting, too. I’ll go ahead and spoil the end as the article in the middle is much more interesting. A mystery writer dubbed “Donor #15″ described the process of selling her eggs (or aigs for the weekends I spend in Alabama) for $10K. In other words, she got thousands of dollars to let a doctor take some of the waste material that mother nature expels every lunar month. It really put a free market perspective to the phrase “that time of the month.”
I’d just started reading the article and thought the person writing it might be Kerry Howley. After she described her physical appearance, I was more convinced that #15 might be Howley.could be of her, but I’m not sure though, as her skin seems a bit darker in real life. My wife and I are still betting on this one.
I’m not getting paid to suggest that you subcribe to Reason. However, everyone has time they need to read something in print, as opposed to online. It could be on the train on your way to work, the airplane before they let you fire up your electronic devices (sex toy innuendo not intentional or even suggested, in some cases at least), or simply when sitting on the can (I’m sure Nick Gillespie will beat up on me for this one the next time we meet).
There’s a place for online publications and a place for printed media in today’s world. In general, the new theme for monthly print publications which wish to survive is to ensure that the depth and analysis in the issue lives longer than the time increment before the next one arrives in the mail. Unlike most print publications, Reason is consistently accomplishing and generally exceeding this goal.