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.

Get tickets or become a sponsor!

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 Adrian Moore, Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Robby Soave, and more; lunch with broadcasting legend John Stossel where we will award Ambassador Frank Baxter with this year’s Savas Award for Privatization; and a gala dinner hosted by Fox Business star Kennedy and featuring Purdue President Mitch Daniels, Nobel Prize-winning economist Vernon Smith, Bob Poole, Virginia Postrel, and a live debut performance by Remy.

Get tickets or become a sponsor!

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

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

November 3, 2018
Reason Panels and Speakers
The Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live

Lunch with John Stossel and the Presentation of the Fourth Annual Savas Award for Privatization to Ambassador Frank Baxter
The Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live

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


“Free Minds” —Nick Gillespie, Emcee

The First Amendment in the 21st Century: Religious freedom, hate-speech laws, and voluntary association in the wake of Janus and Masterpiece Cake rulings. Panelists: Stephanie Slade, Nadine Strossen, and Eugene Volokh.

The Future of Drug Policy: Background, implementation and trends in illicit substances becoming new wellness drugs. Panelists:Adrian Moore,Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and Jacob Sullum.

Reaching Young People and the Battle of Ideas: Intellectual infrastructure, campus wars, ways to reach young people. Panelists: Katherine Mangu-Ward, Robby Soave, and Marty Zupan

Guest Panelists:

Nadine Strossen
Former president, ACLU

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

Eugne Volokh
The Volokh Conspiracy

Marty Zupan
President Emeritus, Institute for Humane Studies


“Free Markets”—Matt Welch, Emcee

Fiscal/Economic Insanity: How to avoid pension disasters, the entitlements time-bomb, and the growing rejection of Adam Smith’s insights on trade. Panelists: Len Gilroy, Peter Suderman, and Boyden Gray.

The Democratization of Everything: The wonders of consumer-driven choice and production, from D.I.Y. media to backpack school funding to legalizing homemade Mexican food. Panelists: Lisa Snell, Gustavo Arellano and Rob Long.

A Brighter Future: How markets and innovation made the world vastly more free and rich, and where they will go next with blockchain technology, understanding the human genome, and re-greening the world. Panelists: Ronald Bailey, Jim Epstein, and Michael Shermer.
Guest Panelists:

C. Boyden Gray
Former US Ambassador to EU and Special Envoy

Gustavo Arellano
Los Angeles Times’ food writer

Michael Shermer
Best-selling science writer and Scientific American columnist

Rob Long
Executive Producer of the television Series “Kevin Can Wait,” and co-founder of


Get tickets or become a sponsor!

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.

Get tickets or become a sponsor!