Cat Stevens, John Ashcroft, and Salman Rushdie

Whatever happens to Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, it won’t be as bad as he deserves. “Morning Has Broken” doesn’t make up for calling for Salman Rushdie’s murder.

What Juan Cole said. Or, to paraphrase a famous blogger, “Screw him.”

Cole puts it better, of course:

NEW RULES: If you advocate the execution of novelists for writing novels, you and John Ashcroft deserve one another.

Hat tip: Kevin Drum.

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