Manuel “Manny” Klausner was one of the founding partners in Reason Enterprises, which began publishing Reason magazine in 1971, three years after the publication’s creation. He became editor in the summer of 1972 and a senior editor in June 1978. In 1978 he co-founded the Reason Foundation with Tibor Machan and Bob Poole. He remains on the board of the Reason Foundation today, is a stalwart supporter of the Federalist Society, and a libertarian lawyer extraordinaire.

“Rand is, I think, a very valuable resource in the movement for people who take liberty seriously,” says Klausner. “When I was editor of Reason in the early 1970s, we got an article that was submitted that proposed a method for converting the world to libertarianism, and that was by going door-to-door and distributing to every household a copy of Atlas Shrugged. We rejected the article…but it was an example of the kind of impact Rand has had and continues to have on many many people.”

Approximately six minutes. Interview by David Nott, camera by Alex Manning, and editing by Hawk Jensen.

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