A good question

Asked by Jane Galt:
Well, really, should anyone call themselves a libertarian with a straight face?

And Jane Galt asked it:

Well, really, should anyone call themselves a libertarian with a straight face?

She also makes the obvious but underappreciated observation that, once BushCo and its friends on K Street and in the Republican caucuses in the House and Senate decided to spend your money like a drunken sailor on shore leave, a tax increase was already an accomplished fact; all we’re arguing about now is the timing (and, as she doesn’t pay out, about the distribution of the increase between people who don’t have enough money, people who do have enough money, and people who have too much money).

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

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