Confession of error

I pooh-poohed the ideas of waivers of journalistic privilege. But they worked.

Winston Churchill once remarked that an occasional breakfast of one’s own words is part of a healthy diet. Well, it’s breakfast time for me.

Stuart Levine was right, and I was wrong, about whether waivers of journalistic privilege would work. I still think I told a plausible story about why they wouldn’t, and Eugene Volokh independently reached the same conclusion.

But it turns out waivers did work.

(The good news: I only allow myself one big error per year, so from now through December you may consider me infallible.)

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: