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As Reason's editor defends its racist history, here's a copy of its holocaust denial "special issue"



Astonishingly, in February 1976, Reason dedicated an entire “special issue” to promoting Holocaust deniers, under the guise of so-called “historical revisionism.” How horrifying is it? You can judge for yourself — the whole thing is embedded below.

PandoDaily contacted noted Holocaust historian and Holocaust Museum expert Deborah Lipstadt to ask her opinion. In 2000, Lipstadt won a much-publicized libel trial in Britain against a leading Holocaust denier, David Irving. When we shared with her the list of Reason’s “special issue” contributors and authors positively cited in the issue, Lipstadt described it as “the Who’s Who of early American Holocaust deniers.”

Reason’s response to this was pretty dishonest.

They seem to think that just because the entire issue wasn’t about Holocaust denial, that it doesn’t incriminate them. I flipped through the pdf of the issue in question. 

There’s two full articles in there on FDR having advance knowledge of Pearl Harbor and allowing it to happen. This is widely regarded as a fringe conspiracy theory by most professional historians. One of those articles was written by Percy Greaves (not a historian with any credentials—he had business and economics degrees), who was a founder of the antisemitic Liberty Lobby and eventually a board member on Holocaust denial publisher Institute for Historical Review.

There’s also a sympathetic article about the Sudeten Germans written by Austin J. App, who was writing pro-Nazi pamphlets years before he penned that piece for Reason. I would find it hard to believe that Reason’s editors didn’t know this at the time, since that’s what he’s most famous for. He also was not a historian, he was an English professor.

In the issue from the month before the February 1976 one, Reason published an article from James L. Martin, who’s also famous for his Holocaust denial literature, and Gary North, who in his Reason article cited a book called The Myth of the Six Million. This was published without comment or criticism in Reason.

Reason magazine not only hired known Holocaust deniers to write articles for them in the late 70s, but some of those authors openly recommended Holocaust denial literature and made statements that trivialized the plight of the Holocaust victims in the pages of Reason magazine. 

We know this to be true because we can fucking see those articles for ourselves.

Gillespie’s claim is that his magazine isn’t responsible for publishing work sympathetic to Holocaust deniers, because those authors discussed a wide range of topics in the vein of historical revisionism:

In the Reason issue, various authors discuss, among other things, what sort of foreknowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Franklin Roosevelt may have had and how actors other than Nazi Germany bear some responsibility for the start of World War Il. Some of the material holds up, such as the observation from then-Senior Editor Tibor Machan that “the Nazis were worse than the Americans or allied nations, and…the Soviet Union is a more vicious government, even in international affairs, than is the U.S. government. This does not mean, emphatically, that I believe FDR to have been an angel during World War II, or Wilson to have been the paragon of diplomatic and political virtue in World War I.” Such a view has become the baseline of virtually all contemporary discussions on such topics.

None of this explains why four of the authors for the issues in question were Holocaust deniers—and James L. Martin and Austin App were certainly known at that time to publish denial literature. That’s really all they were famous for.

It also doesn’t explain the explicit statements made in Reason magazine by Gary North that questioned the scope of the Holocaust and recommended denial publications to Reason’s readers.

(via paxamericana)

Today the Ukrainian government resigned. The prime minister Yatsenyuk, or “Yat” as affectionately called by Victoria Nuland who put Yat into office, resigned along with the entire Cabinet. The parliament refused to vote the harsh conditions demanded by the IMF. I am not sure what this means. Perhaps it is just a tactic to force the parliament to do as the IMF says. Or perhaps Yat, Washington’s stooge, has realized that IMF or no IMF, Ukraine’s economy is imploding and wants to get out of the blame. The point for now is that I checked the BBC, the New York Times, and CNN and there is not one word about the collapse of the government of Ukraine.

Anonymous asked: I don't know who Ayn Rand is. Should I change that or just let it lie?



Imagine the baby that would result from a night of passion between Ebenezer Scrooge (before the spirits changed his ways) and Mr. Krabs from Spongebob. Now imagine that baby grew up and married the baby that would result from a night of passion between Yzma from the Emperor’s New Groove and Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. Now imagine the newlyweds had a baby of their own, and that baby was raised aboard a Ferengi Starship, where she was tutored in empathy and compassion by Lord Voldemort. Now imagine that baby grew up and someone told her that any opinions she might have or conclusions she might reach are based on objective logic and reason, and that anyone who disagrees with her is simply being irrational. Now multiply that person’s greed and heartlessness by 100 and you’ll begin to see something that comes close to resembling Ayn Rand.


Many people object to “wasting money in space” yet have no idea how much is actually spent on space exploration. The CSA’s budget, for instance, is less than the amount Canadians spend on Halloween candy every year, and most of it goes toward things like developing telecommunications satellites and radar systems to provide data for weather and air quality forecasts, environmental monitoring and climate change studies. Similarly, NASA’s budget is not spent in space but right here on Earth, where it’s invested in American businesses and universities, and where it also pays dividends, creating new jobs, new technologies and even whole new industries.

Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (via femscinerd)

(Source: thedragoninmygarage, via nudityandnerdery)