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Inquiry Magazine was a libertarian magazine published from November 1977 to 1984. It was originally published by the Cato Institute, but in February 1982 was transferred to the Libertarian Review Foundation, after the Libertarian Review was merged into Inquiry in January of that year. The magazine originally was published 'semi-monthly', with about 20 issues per year in its first four and a half years of publication (November 1977 thru April 82), and each issue about 32 pages long. With the May 82 issue, Inquiry was retitled Inquiry: A Libertarian Review and went monthly, with each issue at least 48 pages long. In 1984, it went to 10 issues a year, with 2 'double issues'.

It was edited first by Williamson Evers, then by Glenn Garvin, and finally by Doug Bandow. At different points in its history, its editorial staffers included Mark Paul, Jonathan Marshall, and Jack Shafer.

Established along with Cato, Inquiry was initially a biweekly journal of investigative reporting and libertarian-oriented opinion. The magazine was aimed at libertarians and at liberals and leftists critical of state power. It featured regular columns by Nat Hentoff on civil liberties and Thomas Szasz on psychiatry, foreign reporting by Penny Lernoux, and CIA exposes by such writers as David Wise and Fred Landis. It included extensive cultural coverage as well, including reviews by Anthony Burgess and film criticism by Stephen Harvey. Its poetry editor was Dana Gioia.

During its run, it made available bound collections of issues from its first four volumes (77-78, 78-79, 79-80, 80-81).


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