No decency? No decency, at long last?

I didn’t really expect my moratorium proposal concerning recent sad events in Florida to attract much support, but the sheer ill will and bad taste coming from some elements of the right wing continues to surprise and disgust me.

For example, Tom Smith of The Right Coast finds the day after a man’s wife dies to be an unusually good day on which to poke nasty fun at him and wish him eternal suffering. And Todd Zywicki, who admits he hasn’t been following the case closely — and who therefore can’t have a considered opinion about whether Smith’s vicious attack even has a sound factual basis — finds the result “brilliant.”


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: