Seems that someone in Rome has been reading Mark Twain: “Tell the truth, or trump. But take the trick.”
The Vatican, apparently despairing of its ability to spread what it regards as the divinely approved sexual morality using truthful arguments, has decided to just make up its own version of biology in order to scare people in Africa out of using the condoms that might save their lives. [*]
Makes you want to believe in Hell, doesn’t it?
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.
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)
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