Glenn Loury joins the RBC

Welcome to our newest blogging colleague.

Sometimes, my good luck amazes me. How likely is it that I would catch four breaks in a row?

  1. I get to count someone as brilliant, eloquent, creative, and intellectually serious as Glenn Loury as my colleague and friend.
  2. I learn from Glenn that he’s been posting his political thoughts on his Facebook page.
  3. Glenn’s son convinces him that Facebook is “a suboptimal blogging platform.”
  4. I convince him that the RBC is a more nearly optimal blogging platform.

Anyway, all of that happened: due, no doubt, to some astoundingly virtuous action I took in a past life.  So, as of today, my good luck is yours as well, since you’ll have access to Glenn’s wisdom right on this page. Starting off with a bang, see above for his thoughts on the Ta-Nehisi Coates/Bernie Sanders fracas over reparations.

For those among you who haven’t encounted Glenn’s work, it often puts me in mind of an adage I learned from Edwin Land: the truth of a polarized debate often lies not somewhere along the polarity, but at right angles to it. Glenn is about the most orthogonal thinker I know.

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:

3 thoughts on “Glenn Loury joins the RBC”

  1. I've been watching Glenn on BloggingHeads TV for years. He's the only reason I go to the website. What a treat for us here.

  2. I just read Glenn's first post, and I see what you mean. I'd never heard of him before, but I expect to be reading a lot of great stuff from him moving forward. Welcome, Glenn!

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