Character issue

“Character” is the way you behave when you think no one’s watching.

Character [kar ek’ ter] n. The way you behave when you think nobody’s watching.

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:

9 thoughts on “Character issue”

  1. There are very, very few people in the 47% who haven’t worked much harder than Mitt ever did.

    And you know what other bunch got shelter and food without paying income tax? Slaves. The lazy parasites.

    1. Manfred you are on to something.

      Who are the 47%?
      Tell their stories in political ads…

      A series of ads that all begin with Romney saying: [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.

      Each ad does one bio that captures a lifetime worker on the margins. A janitor. A cabinet sander. A teacher’s aide…
      Shows them climbing out of bed morning after morning for 20 years…
      Then have them look into the camera at the end and say:

      Mr. Romney. Mr. Ryan. You are out of touch.
      I’ve always taken personal responsibility for my life…
      Or some such damning retort….

  2. For 15 years, psychiatrists have relied on the Hare psychopathy checklist to diagnose the condition. The revised version – the PCL-R – consists of a formal interview and an analysis of an individual’s past behaviour, which is scored for indicators including superficial charm, pathological lying, a grandiose sense of self-worth, and a lack of guilt or empathy. The PCL-R is generally accepted as the best available way to diagnose psychopathy, but such interview-based methods are vulnerable to subjective scoring, and clever individuals can learn how to pass them.

    Superficial charm? Check.
    Pathological lying? Check.
    Grandiose sense of self-worth? Check.
    Lack of guilt or empathy? Check. Check.

    Brain scans suggest psychopaths could be treated – health – 06 April 2011 – New Scientist

    1. I think sociopathy, but the other thing that explains all his pathologies is an extreme sense of entitlement or you could call it “unaccountability.”

  3. I’m aghast that anyone in the United States would have the temerity to think they were entitled to food and shelter. Imagine the gall of that single mom of two working at a call center, who thinks her kids are “entitled” to eat! And granny on Medicaid– throw her into the street!

  4. You know what I’m sick of? Republicans poor-mouthing this country.

    Oh, now we have to throw Grandma off the cliff because of their $3 trillion wars. Go to hell, America-hating punks.

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