The reality base grows

It’s a pleasure to welcome my colleague Andrew Sabl to the Reality-Based Community. He’s already been a presence here in the form of my posting of his emails to me, and I’m delighted he’s agreed to cut out the middle-man and speak for himself.

Andy is the resident political theorist in our public policy department, and the author of Ruling Passions . He’s now at work on a book about Hume.

The policy of the RBC is to grow only by adding members whose addition improves the average quality of the group. Obviously, that’s a self-limiting process, since every new addition raises the bar for the next. If I weren’t here to keep the average down, new additions would be virtually impossible.

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