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Is Reason libertarian? Yes. Reason Foundation’s mission is to advance a free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law.
I hope this is clear. I hope this leaves no room for confusion.
Reason Magazine published almost 7000 words on “The Indestructible Idea of the Basic Income,” by Jesse Walker. A “principled case for liberty and individual choice” based on “libertarian principles” would not take so many words to destruct this idea.
Yet, being Reason, you know it cannot be so simple…or principled. But, before we get there…the subtitle of the essay is telling:
Is this the only policy proposal Tom Paine, Huey Long, Milton Friedman, Timothy Leary, and Sam Altman can agree on?
A scary thought.
Let’s examine each of these individuals:
Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary.
There was a “good” Thomas Paine and a “bad” Thomas Paine. Walker cites the bad Thomas Paine:
Agrarian Justice, which was ultimately published in 1797, posited that “the earth, in its natural, uncultivated state was…the common property of the…