Che — the movie

No, terrorism is not admirable.

I haven’t seen, and won’t see, The Motorcycle Diaries, but Paul Berman has it exactly right about the narcissistic thug himself, and about the romantics of revolutionary violence who admire him. (In my mind’s ear I hear Judy Collins’s voice — back when Judy Collins had a voice — chanting “One MOR-ning in Bo-LIV-i-AAA, the leader of the PAR-ti-SANS … “)

The moral similarities between the romantics of the left and the faux-macho chickenhawks of the right are really quite striking. Both are enamored of violence as long as they don’t have to participate themselves, and all of them feel that their lack of sympathy for the victims of violence demonstrates their superior manhood.


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: