Eating liberally

In which I announce my temporary relocation to Washington DC and propose a get-together of liberal bloggers and readers for dim sum brunch on Sundays.

I’m now in Our Nation’s Capital, what the FBI refers to as the SOG (Seat of Government). I’ll be here for the semester, as the (first) Thomas C. Schelling Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. (And yes, it did turn out to be expensive to get all my doorways widened so my head could fit through them.)

The term hasn’t started at Maryland yet, so I don’t yet have a phone number there, but my home number will be 202 659-0450. All my other contact information remains the same.

I’m not sure whether D.C. has some equivalent of Philadelphia’s Drinking Liberally, but I have a (mostly) non-alcoholic alternative to propose. Lei Garden on the north side of H Street between 6th and 7th serves excellent dim sum. I suggest Sunday mornings at 11:30 as a time to gather there. Feel free to drop by unannounced, but if you know you’re going to be coming please call or send an email so I’ll have some idea what size table to ask for. If we haven’t met in the flesh, I’m not hard to spot; I’m 6’1″, 250, salt-and-pepper beard.

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:

6 thoughts on “Eating liberally”

  1. Is this going to be every Sunday? I hope so, as I'm moving to DC after Labor Day, and any regular habits I can establish will serve me well getting accustomed.

  2. Blog commenter KCinDC is your contact for liberal drinking in the District. I can have lunch with you and talk about our Guantanamo litigation, if you're interested.
    Drop me a line.

  3. Yes, Mark, DC Drinking Liberally meets every Thursday at Timberlake's, near Dupont Circle. There's also a Wednesday group, which has just switched to a monthly schedule. See the sidebar at for more information.
    And welcome to DC! I hope you enjoy your time here.

  4. Are you in Our Nation's Capitol (the building on, you know, Capitol Hill), or Our Nation's Capital (the city)?
    Sorry to be pedantic, but there's a good reason for the different spellings. And if you're going to be teaching public policy, for pete's sake, you really ought to know how to use the right one!
    [Ooops! Yes, "capital" means "chief," while Capitol comes from the Capitoline Hill in Rome. Fixed now. MK.]

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