Concerning coalition-building

When Voltaire was on his deathbed, the priest administering Extreme Unction asked him, “Do you utterly renounce and abhor the Devil and all his works?”

Voltaire replied: “Father, is this any time to be making enemies?”

George W. Bush and Paul Wolfowitz may profit by his example.

(On the other hand, Prince Bandar approves. And of course Saudi Arabia, unlike France or Germany, is a reliable ally. So I guess that settles the matter.)

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