A Cook’s tour of the varieties of religious practice

John Isbell at Open Source Politics tells of his reactions to a wide range of religious services. (His description of a Friends’ Meeting seemed especially good to me, worth reading against Voltaire’s thoughts in the Lettres Anglaises. I wish that all of those who describe themselves as “brights,” suggesting that believers are somehow “dim,” would read Isbell’s account and reflect on it.

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