An eerie silence

Proud Blogistan has spoken wih one voice, and gestured with one finger, about the outrageous attempt by Donald Luskin to intimidate Atrios. Andrew Sullivan even paused in his own Krugman-baiting to say: “Puh-lease. Lay off.”

And what does Poor and Stupid have to say about all this? Nothing. No explanation, no defense, no restraction, no apology: not even a routine “On instructions from my lawyer I’m not going to say anything about this.” Just silence. That seems strange, doesn’t it?

“Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”

“To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

“The dog did nothing in the night-time.”

“That was the curious incident.”

[Earlier post here.]

Joking aside, it’s highly gratifying, and not a little surprising, to see that not a single blogger has ventured to defend Luskin, and that many who strongly disagree with Atrios have rushed to defend freedom of the cyberpress/

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: