Alex Polier speaks

Finally, we hear from the victim. She’s a pretty good reporter, but it’s a pretty depressing story.

Alex Polier, the victim of the “Kerry intern” flap, has written a fascinating blow-by-blow account. Somehow I doubt that the Kerry-haters will bother to link to it.

As I said before, the depth of depravity displayed by those who hyped this scandal and then refused — still refuse — to retract makes the behavior of the ordinary criminals and drug dealers whose conduct I study professionally seem rather innocent by comparison.

Update The Talmud has something useful to say on this, and the blog Yesh Omrim expounds the text skilfully. I suppose rising sea levels aren’t exactly the same as a Flood, but there are definitely parallels.

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

2 thoughts on “Alex Polier speaks”

  1. Profile in Courage

    Alexandra Polier, the woman whose life was so cruelly disrupted by lies and innuendo so that the Kerry-haters could fabricate a reputation-destroying smear has written this week's cover story in New York magazine. If nothing else it shows the depths

  2. The libel of a thousand scratches

    And this is what the
    people of the age of the Flood used to do: When a man brought out a
    basket full of lupines, one would come and seize less than a perutah’s
    worth and then everyone would come and seize less than a perutah’s
    worth, so that

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