A thought from Meng-tse,
    whom the round-eyed barbarians
    call “Mencius”

A benevolent man

extends his benevolence

from those he loves

to those he does not love.

A ruthless man

extends his ruthlessness

from those he hates

to those he does not hate.

[VII. B. 1]

I somehow doubt Paul O’Neill has read much Meng-tse, but he will now have a chance to learn this particular lesson from that famous scholar and teacher, Karl Rove.

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