Failing to plan is planning to fail

Wishing bad things won’t happen isn’t a policy.

A reader finds an analogy (in addition to whatever causal link there may be) between Katrina and global warming:

The New Orleans plan for hurricanes was, apparently, to hope that one would never arrive. The Bush plan for global climate change is, likewise, to hope that it simply doesn’t happen.

The similarity is a willful denial of facts, science and history.

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