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Jacob Sullum is a senior editor at Reason magazine and Reason.com and a nationally syndicated columnist.
Sullum is the author of two critically acclaimed books: Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use (Tarcher/Penguin, 2004) and For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health (Free Press, 1998).
Sullum's weekly column, distributed by Creators Syndicate, is carried by newspapers across the U.S., including the New York Post and the Chicago Sun-Times. His work also has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Cigar Aficionado, National Review, and many other publications.
Saying Yes has been praised by both sides of the political spectrum. National Review called it "a highly effective debunking," and Mother Jones described it as "a healthy dose of sober talk in a debate dominated by yelping dopes."
For Your Own Good also was widely praised by reviewers, who called it "compelling" (The Wall Street Journal), "meticulously logical" (The New York Times), and a "cogent and thorough...must-read" (The Washington Post).
Sullum is a frequent guest on TV and radio networks, including Fox News Channel, CNN and NPR. A fellow of the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, he has been a featured speaker at the International Conference on Drug Policy Reform and the Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy.
In 1988 Sullum won the Keystone Press Award for investigative reporting, and in 1991 he received First Prize in the Felix Morley Memorial Journalism Competition. In 1998 his Reason cover story about pain treatment was a National Magazine Award finalist in the Public Interest category. In 2004 he received the Thomas S. Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, and in 2005 he received the Drug Policy Alliance's Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field of Journalism. His 2007 Reason essay "Thank Deng Xiaoping for Little Girls" won first place for commentary or feature in the Southern California Journalism Awards.
Sullum first joined Reason in 1989 as an assistant editor, later serving as associate editor and managing editor. He also has worked as the articles editor of National Review and as a reporter for the News and Courier/Evening Post in Charleston, South Carolina, and The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Sullum is a graduate of Cornell University, where he majored in economics and psychology. He lives in Dallas with his wife and three daughters.
- The Watchdog That Didn't Bark
Obama avoids scrutiny of his respect for civil liberties.
September 7, 2011
- Your Lying Eyes
How fallible memories send innocent people to prison
August 31, 2011
- Liberating Libya
Presidential presumption and congressional cowardice lift the limits on military intervention.
August 24, 2011
- Looking for Limits
The power to mandate health insurance is the power to mandate almost anything.
August 17, 2011
- Kinda Cuts
Where are these government-slashing Republicans I keep hearing about?
August 3, 2011
- Cannabis Capitulation
The marijuana exception to Jan Brewer's federalism
July 27, 2011
- Sneak Surrender
McConnell's "Plan B" is a humiliating abdication of legislative responsibility.
July 20, 2011
- Plane Truth
If Obama were serious about tax reform, he'd stop obsessing about corporate jets.
July 13, 2011
- The Week of Lying Dangerously
Obama displays a Clintonian desire to have things both ways.
July 6, 2011
- Big Daddy
The government should let parents regulate their children's entertainment.
June 29, 2011
- War Counsel
Obama shops for Libya advice that lets him ignore the law.
June 22, 2011
- The Price of Prohibition
Forty years after Nixon declared war on drugs, it's time to give peace a chance.
June 15, 2011
- Perverted Justice
Sex offender laws represent the triumph of outrage over reason.
June 14, 2011
- Ends and Means
Suicide is not a medical procedure.
June 8, 2011
- Wait and Hurry Up
The artificial panic behind the rush to extend the PATRIOT Act
June 1, 2011
- Home Insecurity
Two privacy rulings hit us where we live.
May 25, 2011
- Wither Medicare?
Newt Gingrich jeopardizes reform by exaggerating small differences.
May 18, 2011
- False Forbearance
Obama breaks his promise to respect medical marijuana laws.
May 11, 2011
- No Surrender
Does Bin Laden's death vindicate Obama's policy of targeted killings?
May 4, 2011
- Drug Control vs. Pain Control
A crackdown on opioid prescriptions will hurt patients.
April 27, 2011
- Poker Bars
Why should anyone go to prison for helping people play cards?
April 20, 2011
- Complex Inferiority
A simpler tax code would be fairer, more efficient, less intrusive, and less infuriating.
April 13, 2011
- What's Worse Than 'Ruinous'?
Paul Ryan's budget plan deserves a serious response from Democrats.
April 6, 2011
- Money for Moochers
Arizona's 'Clean Elections' system is doomed—and for good reason.
March 30, 2011
- Obama's War of Choice
The dangerously open-ended rationale for attacking Libya
March 23, 2011
- Let There Be Light
The dim bulbs in Congress have condemned me to pee in the dark.
March 16, 2011
- The Loughner Panic
Breaking down the media/political breakdown over the Tucson massacre
Nick Gillespie, Radley Balko, Jesse Walker, Ronald Bailey, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Jacob Sullum and Brian Doherty
March 14, 2011
- Tiny Cuts, Big Complaints
Republicans and Democrats squabble over crumbs as the layer cake of debt keeps rising.
March 9, 2011
- Mitch Daniels' Pot Luck
The Indiana governor's escape from prison taught him the importance of being tough on drug users.
March 2, 2011
- Pennsylvania Railroad
In the Keystone State's juvenile justice scandal, money changed everything.
February 23, 2011
- Wait, Smoking Is Dangerous?
The FDA's new crusade
February 18, 2011
- Got to Be Free
Did Bush's foreign policy set the stage for Middle Eastern democracy?
February 16, 2011
- Passive Resistance
Excluding inactivity from the Commerce Clause still leaves Congress with far too much power.
February 9, 2011
- No Military Immunity
America's bloated defense budget is ripe for cutting.
February 2, 2011
- Wet at Last
Dallas legalizes alcohol.
February 1, 2011
- Looking for Loughners
Would laxer commitment rules make us safer?
January 19, 2011
- When Booze Was Banned but Pot Was Not
What can today’s antiprohibitionists learn from their predecessors?
January 13, 2011
- The Lone Gunman Theory of Legislation
The perils of letting armed lunatics drive public policy
January 12, 2011
- No Booze for You
If state alcohol monopolies were good at serving consumers, they'd have no reason to exist.
January 5, 2011
- Follow the Bouncing Buck
The year's highlights in blame shifting
December 29, 2010
- Is Julian Assange a Journalist?
For First Amendment purposes, it doesn't matter.
December 22, 2010
- Clause Escape
Are you committing interstate commerce by doing nothing?
December 15, 2010
- Obama’s Show Trials
Why prosecute a terrorism suspect if life imprisonment is the only possible outcome?
December 9, 2010
- A Leaner Leviathan
Unfortunately, balancing the federal budget won't require radical change.
December 8, 2010
- Naked Truth
Are travelers happy to bare all in the name of homeland security?
December 1, 2010
- The Appearance of Corruption
Both Theodore Roosevelt and John McCain tried to save their reputations by pushing campaign finance regulations.
November 30, 2010
- Loco Over Four Loko
The moral panic behind the ban
November 24, 2010
- Chilling Her Softly
The secret silencing of a pain treatment activist
November 17, 2010
- Can't Buy You Love
The essential yet limited role of money in politics
November 10, 2010
- You Are Now Free to Speak About Politics
Why do some people fear a less restricted debate?
November 9, 2010
- Union Negotiations in West Coast Ports Threaten the National Economy (7/25)
- Streetcars are the Wrong Way to go on Columbia Pike (7/24)
- Poll Shows Voters Support State-based Sage Grouse Conservation (7/24)
- Lucy Burns Institute Launches Policypedia (7/22)
- How to Structure a Good Defined Contribution Plan (7/22)
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