A solstice greeting

Today marks the winter solstice; at 5:14 Pacific time today (1:14 GMT December 22nd) the Sun touched the Tropic of Capricorn at 23 degrees 30 minutes south latitude, and started back north. (At least, that’s how it looked from earth. The Sun probably didn’t notice.)

Under whatever name you celebrate it, to all of us in the Northern Hemisphere the season has (and has had for at least five millennia) one meaning: light will return, light will increase.

May it return and increase for you and yours.

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