Reason‘s Fundraising Drive

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Now that I no longer work there, I can encourage you to donate to Reason without feeling like I’m encouraging you to donate to me. Although I guess I’ve done that in the past, too. In any case, Reason is having its annual fundraising drive. You should donate. (Preemptive rebuttal: No, donor-supported organizations are not incompatible or even inconsistent with free markets or with libertarianism.) With new hires Mike Riggs and Lucy Steigerwald (in addition to Jacob Sullum, Tim Cavanugh, and the crew), they’ve more than kept the criminal justice beat alive since I left. In fact, those issues are probably getting more attention over there than ever.

Also, if I may shamelessly self-promote, I somehow missed these kind words Jonathan Rauch had for Reason’s criminal justice issue, which Jacob Sullum and I co-edited:

Hats off to Reason for its July special issue on criminal (in)justice. Strong journalism examining, among other things, the unaccountable “culture of misconduct” among gung-ho prosecutors (names are named); and the prevalence of wrongful convictions; an immigration detention system “that treats treats suspected illegal aliens like criminals, but with fewer rights.” Special kudos to Jacob Sullum for a compelling and, in today’s climate, brave takedown of politically sacred sex-offender laws.

I read the whole magazine with mounting admiration. Every article is solid and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, on a subject about which Americans are too complacent. This kind of enterprise is why God invented magazines.

Coming from Rauch, a journalist’s journalist, that’s damned flattering.


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11 Responses to “Reason‘s Fundraising Drive”

  1. #1 |  Adam | 

    “No, donor-supported organizations are not incompatible or even consistent with free markets or with libertarianism”

    Er… I think there’s an “in” missing somewhere there!

  2. #2 |  Radley Balko | 


    You’re right. Fixed.

  3. #3 |  Lucy Steigerwald | 

    (Speaking of flattering.)

    But no really, I can urge people to donate because the Criminal Injustice issue did not involve me in any way but it is one of the reasons I am proud to work here.

  4. #4 |  Lawrence O'Donnell | 

    Quit your lying Balko. doesn’t cover criminal injustices. It’s just a pawn of the cop-loving, masive right wing conspiracy.

  5. #5 |  Stick | 

    $100 electronic dollars is winging its to Reason even as we speak.

  6. #6 |  Stick | 

    DAMN! – ‘winging its WAY’.
    I need editing capability. Stat!

  7. #7 |  Hieronymous | 

    Steigerwald and Riggs are solid, but can you please tell Reason to stop posting those frankly embarrassing TEAM RED op-eds by A. Barton Hinkle? If I wanted to read painfully smug auditions for the NRO Corner I’d go to Pajamas.

  8. #8 |  Troy | 

    Radley, Lucy is doing you proud. She is every bit a good nut puncher as you ever were. And as a bonus, she is hotter than you.

  9. #9 |  Tim | 

    Speaking of reason, the necessity of that rebuttal is a great reason to not take internet libertarians seriously, or even notice them at all. Radley, you’re either near-infinitely patient, or a total fool, or your ads are netting you a lot more $ than I think they do.

  10. #10 |  Ken | 

    I was really proud to be a part of that. Great work, Radley.

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