For once, it’s the Conservatives forming a circular firing squad

And now, a pause to savor the fratricide on the Right. Courtesy of the Daily Howler, enjoy David Frum’s furious attack on paleoconservative opponents of the war against Iraq.

Anyone who hates Robert Novak and Pat Buchanan that fiercely can’t be all bad. Note, however, how scrupulously Frum documents the racism and anti-semitism of the people he calls “paleocons” while admitting, apparently without any shame, that he and the rest of the conservative movement was happy to collaborate with such scum as long as they stayed “patriotic.” Still, Frum’s piece is worth reading for documentation of how easy it is for hatred of “liberalism” to turn into hatred of the nation “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

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