Edsall on morality politics

Tom Edsall has some thoughts in the latest Atlantic on the politics of morality. Usually lugubrious about Democratic prospects, Edsall points to declining religiosity as measured by self-reported church attendance (between 1972 and 2000, the proportion reporting never going to church tripled to 33%) as good news for the Democrats, and thinks that Republicans put themselves at risk if they make themselves “the party of sexual repression.”

From his word processor to God’s in-box.

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