Please join us at Reason’s 50th anniversary gala, which will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the downtown Los Angeles Ritz-Carlton.

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Please join us at Reason’s 50th anniversary gala, which will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the downtown Los Angeles Ritz-Carlton.

We are celebrating a half-century of fighting for “Free Minds and Free Markets” via award-winning journalism and cutting-edge policy work powered by principled, pragmatic, and visionary libertarian ideals.

In 1968, the Vietnam War was raging, with no end in sight for it or for the military draft. The assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy sparked riots in Detroit, New York, Washington, and over 100 other cities. The Chicago police busted heads at the Democratic National Convention, Soviet tanks crushed the Prague Spring, and Olympic athletes raised their fists from the medal platform.

In the midst of such turbulence, a Boston University student named Lanny Friedlander (1947–2011) launched Reason magazine. His new publication featured a clean and striking graphic design and, even more important, a clean and striking ethos. Friedlander’s editor’s note in the first issue of Reason proclaimed:

When REASON speaks of poverty, racism, the draft, the war, student power, politics, and other vital issues, it shall be reasons, not slogans, it gives for conclusions… Proof, not belligerent assertion. Logic, not legends. Coherence, not contradictions. This is our promise: This is the reason for REASON.

Fifty years on, Reason has evolved from an irregularly published mimeographed ’zine into the planet’s largest source of news, culture, policy, and ideas from a principled libertarian perspective. Our mission is more relevant than ever in a world where proof still struggles against belligerent assertion, logic battles legends, and coherence fights the good fight against contradictions.

Join us in Los Angeles on November 3 for an unforgettable celebration of how far we have come since 1968—and how much work is still ahead of us in our next 50 years.

The day’s events include a morning of panels and conversations packed with past, present, and future Reason luminaries including Robert W. Poole, Virginia Postrel, Adrian Moore, Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and more; lunch with broadcasting legend John Stossel; and a gala dinner hosted by Fox Business star Kennedy and featuring former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Nobel Prize-winning economist Vernon Smith.

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November 2-3, 2018
L.A. Live, Los Angeles, California

November 2, 2018
Sponsor dinner at Bavel
500 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
6:00

November 3, 2018
Reason Panels and Speakers
The Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live
9:00-1:30

November 3, 2018
50th Anniversary Gala
The Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live
Reception 6:00
Dinner 7:00

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Reason Foundation has negotiated discounted rates of $249/night at the J.W. Marriott for a deluxe room and $369/night for a deluxe room at the Ritz-Carlton LA Live. To make your hotel reservation at the discounted rate please call 1-877-622-3056 by October 5, 2018, and mention Reason or click here to make your reservation online at the discounted rate.

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