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Articles & Essays

See independent archives at Reason and Ars Technica for a full list of writings for those publications.

Comic Debrief
Comic-book critic Douglas Wolk talks about what’s good in comics, their recent political turn, and why the medium is more interesting than ever
Culture11 — September 23, 2008

Democrats Capitulate on FISA
Democrats are trying to rationalize capitulating on surveillance and telecom immunity in the new FISA bill by calling it a compromise. It isn’t.
The American Prospect Online — June 25, 2008

FISA Funny Business
The American Spectator — March 25, 2008

Wiretapping’s True Danger
History says we should worry less about privacy and more about political spying
Los Angeles Times — March 16, 2008

The Right Stuff
John McCain’s tepid reception from conservative Republicans shows he is struggling to win their support
The Guardian — February 8, 2008

Who Wrote Ron Paul’s Newsletters?
Libertarian movement veterans, and a Paul campaign staffer, say it was “paleolibertarian” strategist Lew Rockwell
Reason Online — January 16, 2008

Time for Democrats to Lead on FISA
The Republicans are scaremongering, but the Democrats are cowering
Reason Online — December 20, 2007

Restoring Habeas
Why old “enemy combatant” rules can’t apply to a global battlefield
Reason Online — December 12, 2007

The Revolt of the Comic BooksThe American Prospect - November 2007
America’s superheroes take on preemptive war, torture, warrantless spying, and George W. himself.
The American Prospect
— November 2007

Thou Shalt Not Knock Off
Will Congress move to increase copyright protection for fashion designs? Should it?
The American — September 14, 2007

Fear, Frenzy, and FISA
How the Bush administration has kept Congress locked in a September 12 state of panic
Reason Online — August 7, 2007

First We Take Manhattan, Then We Take Berlin (and follow-up posts)
Cato Unbound — July 2007

Reason Magazine - January 2007

The Pinpoint Search (and sidebar)
How super-accurate surveillance technology threatens our privacy
— January 2007

My Summer Reading Journal
George W. Bush reads Camus
The American Prospect Online — August 18, 2006

Marital Mythology
Why the new crisis in marriage isn’t
Reason — June 2006

Inside the Puzzle Palace
A Reason interview with NSA whistleblower Russell Tice
Reason Online — January 13, 2006

The Prehistory of Cyberspace
How BBSes paved the way for the Internet
Reason —December 2005

Conservatism: Burke, Nozick, Bush, Blair? [PDF]
Cato Journal
— Fall 2005

Out to the Black
The existentialist libertarianism of Joss Whedon’s space western
Reason Online — September 30, 2005

Hispanic Magazine

The Evidence Is In: Liberalizing Trade Works
Hispanic Magazine — September 2005

Doctor Sex, Ph.D.
Are we all Kinseyans now?
Reason — February 2005

The True Spirit of Xmas
How 4/5 of the country became an oppressed minority
Reason Online — December 20, 2004

Vox the Rote
The return of protest music
Reason Online — August 9, 2004

Discussing Disgust
On the folly of gross-out public policy. An interview with Martha Nussbaum.
Reason Online — July 15, 2004

Cheating Heart
Does capitalism teach people to break the rules?
Reason — July 2004

Homage to Castilla
“Appeasement” in Spain
Reason Online — March 17, 2004

Misreading Millennials
The politics of a rising generation
Reason — December 2003

Eichmann in Hogwarts
Harry Potter and the banality of evil
Reason — November 2003

Denial of Service
The battle over Americorps
Reason — October 2003

The Mystery of Mary Rosh
How a new form of journalism investigated a gun research riddle
Reason — May 2003