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It’s Webathon Sunday, which means it’s time to check in on how Reason staffers have been doing these past 12 months representing libertarian viewpoints in non-Reason media/politics spaces. But first a quick exhortation to all you wonderful readers and listeners and viewers:
You know who’s killing it this year? Reason’s Corey A. DeAngelis, that’s who. Not just with his conversation-shaping research about how public school closures correlate much more strongly with union power than COVID-19 spread, not just with his December magazine feature on how the virus is accelerating the demise of the public school monopoly model, but with his tireless advocacy for educational freedom wherever people are talking about school policy and the novel coronavirus. Which, this year, is everywhere.
Here is the Reason Foundation’s director of school choice just this week on The Adam Carolla Show, whose eponymous host observed, “This guy Corey knows more than anybody.”
Corey over the past year caught Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) lying about her son’s private school education, kept tabs on the latest COVID-19/school developments on his popular Twitter feed, and oh yeah, just made one of those Forbes “30 Under 30” lists. From that write-up:
DeAngelis is one of the nation’s leading authorities on school choice and homeschooling. He has authored or co-authored 32 peer-reviewed studies and more than 100 op-eds in outlets like The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He’s done hundreds of speaking engagements and appears regularly on Fox News.
In this big no bueno of a year, where TV greenrooms are closed, presidential politics are suffocating, and the dread virus continues to cloud the judgment of so very many people (especially elected officials), it has been a challenge to fulfill longtime Reason hero Bob Poole’s long-ago vision to “engage in the battle of ideas with the whole spectrum of thinking people.”
Reason of course loves, nurtures, and constantly expands its own platforms, but as 1980s editor Marty Zupan told Brian Doherty in his must-read oral history of the magazine, “It was obvious…that if Reason wanted to grow, it needed to do more than have libertarians talking to one another.” A key part of our mission to “influence the frameworks and actions of policymakers, journalists, and opinion leaders,” is to insert ourselves wherever people are talking about politics, policy, and culture.
In bookstores, browsers come face to face with Reason arguments, most recently in Damon Root’s A Glorious Liberty: Frederick Douglass and the Fight for an Antislavery Constitution, and Ronald Ba
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