When I saw a mention of a Nobel Peace Prize for Jimmy Carter, I assumed it was just one more not-very-funny (to a liberal) attempt at humor from the right blogosphere, or perhaps an off-day for the Onion. (Is there anyone else who doesn’t enjoy the Onion anymore because it’s too hard to tell from the real newspaper? Though the gambling-addiction story is actually pretty funny.)

But no. It’s real.

The clown who tried to keep the Tontons Macoutes in power in Haiti is this year’s Nobel Laureate for Peace. Maybe next year the author of the “Left Behind” series will get the Nobel for literature?

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:

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