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Will Robots Take Our Jobs?

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00
For now humans make sub-par robots and robots make sub-par humans.

Rise of the Machines: 6 Scenes from the Robot Revolution

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00
They're coming for your homes, your pets, your deliveries, your news, and more.

Sex, Love, and Robots

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00
Will sexbots make human life better, creepier, or both?

The Robot Revolution Is Here

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00
They're sweeping my floors, watching my kids, and stealing my job. Here's why I'm not worried.

Regulatory Robophobia

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00
We don't need a federal commission to govern things that go beep in the night.

Let Slip the Robots of War

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00
Lethal autonomous weapon systems might be more moral than human soldiers.

Hi, Robot

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00
How science fiction androids became real-life machines.

How to Survive a Robot Uprising

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00
Seeing dark omens of catastrophe in new tech demos.

Roombas in the Big House?

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:00
What to do when robots break the law

How Low Can Oil Prices Go?

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:21
The tricky geopolitics of tumbling demand and rising supply

Feminism's Oppression Obsession Hurts Women

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:08
What women need is a broad progressive agenda, not identity politics

Hi, Robot! Reason Welcomes the Automation Revolution.

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 06:00

Warren Buffett's Economic Contradictions

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 16:30
The famous investor has an opportunistic relationship with big government.

The Bizarre Priorities of Trans-Pacific Partnership Proponents

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 14:00
Supporters tout the benefits for just the few, when actually we all gain.

How Walmart Made Liberals Turn Right

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:00
The left gets a lesson in basic economics.

Generational Divide: CPAC Gets High and Gay Married

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:58

The most interesting phenomena you will find at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., isn't the straw poll of potential presidential candidates. It is the sharp divide on social issues between the young and old attendees that may be moving the conservative movement into the 21st century.

"If they want to, fine, but don't shove it down my throat," argued one older CPAC attendee about gay marriage. While many long time conservatives hold the same kind of icky aversion to the thought of two men or two women joining nuptials, the Reason-Rupe poll in June 2014 found that 53 percent of millennials would get behind a candidate who is both socially liberal and fiscally conservative.

"I think it's really unfair to preach a free market and to preach liberty yet at the same time be advocating for laws that tell you who you can and cannot be with in your own bedroom," said one young CPAC attendee.

That push towards individual freedom also extends to legalizing recreational marijuana. CPAC even hosted a debate this year between former Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson and New York Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle over legalizing pot.

Run time: 2:50.

Shot and produced by Paul Detrick and Josh Swain. Hosted by Detrick.

Our Crazy Laws on the Insanity Defense

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 00:05
The failure of Eddie Ray Routh's insanity defense calls into question the meaning of the term.

Why Congress Did Not Stop Marijuana Legalization in Its Backyard

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 00:01
Despite a prohibitionist tantrum, pot is legal in the nation's capital.

Torture As an Absolute Wrong

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 12:00
If waterboarding works, does that make it morally acceptable?


Sun, 03/01/2015 - 12:00

2 When Every Life Is Precious

We value individual human lives more every day. That's (mostly) good news. Matt Welch

6 Contributors

8 Citings NY tenure lawsuit; IRS emails discovered; 3 ways Social Security and Medicare screw young people; drones downed?; stopping police seizures; how to fix our schools…

54 Reason TV: Killer or Artist?

Prosecutors' use of rap lyrics as evidence is chilling artistic speech. Paul Detrick


14 Torture As an Absolute Wrong If waterboarding works, does that make it morally acceptable? Jacob Sullum

16 Screwed by Seniors The people expected to pay for Social Security and Medicare can't afford it. Veronique de Rugy

18 How Low Can Oil Prices Go?

The tricky geopolitics of tumbling demand and rising supply. Ronald Bailey

78 The Quantified Citizen

Engineering happiness might sound good, but it will leave us all less free. Greg Beato


22 Eternal Youth for All!

Why I want to live forever and you should too. Ronald Bailey

30 Reverse Robin Hoods

Public worker pensions rob the young and poor to pay the old and rich. Steven Greenhut

34 Confessions of a Stockton Slumlord

Steven Greenhut

37 Infographic: Public vs. Private Pensions

Jason Keisling

42 Are We Becoming Morally Smarter?

The connection between increasing IQs, decreasing violence, and economic liberalism. Michael Shermer

48 Checking Putin

Garry Kasparov on chess, communism, and Russia's 'one-man dictatorship.' Interview by Nick Gillespie

Culture & Reviews

56 Dying and in Denial

A new book offers a powerful dissection of contemporary end-of-life care, yet misses the underlying problem. David GoldhillBeing Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande

Briefly Noted

58 Katherine Mangu-Ward on the National Geographic Museum exhibit Food

Briefly Noted (cont.)

60 Elizabeth Nolan-Brown on the documentary Point and Shoot

62 Brian Doherty on Jill Lepore's The Secret History of Wonder Woman

64 Jesse Walker on the documentary Sex and Broadcasting

66 Scott Shackford on the video game Dragon Age

62 National Security State The strange powerlessness of the "most powerful man in the world." Gene Healy

National Security and Double Government, by Michael J. Glennon

67 Private Money in Virtual Worlds

Will wildcat currencies shrink the state? Andrea Castillo

Wildcat Currency: How the Virtual Money Revolution Is Transforming the Economy, by Edward Castronova

71 Cruel, Unusual, and Crowded

Will Brown v. Plata bring mass incarceration to an end? Sara Mayeux

Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America, by Jonathan Simon

76 Do Androids Dream of Changing Bedpans?

Robots to the rescue for Japan's aging population. Peter Suderman

80 Artifact: Texas Truck of Terror

How an American plumber's truck wound up in the hands of Syrian rebels. Katherine Mangu-Ward

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