“American Son”: the Wesley Clark biopic

Last Thursday’s 600 house-party fund-raisers didn’t get much attention, but raising the better part of a million dollars in one evening without a lobbyist in sight isn’t a bad trick, if you can pull it off. At my place, the crowd seemed genuinely wowed by the biopic, which I thought was a very effective job. Hugh Shelton’s cowardly slur (I say “cowardly” because Shelton challenged Clark’s integrity but refused to provide any facts to justify the challenge) has clearly done some major damage, and the bio does what has to be done to put that issue to rest, and does it well.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com