Good news and bad

Europeans take human rights seriously.

The good news is that, thanks in no small part to the military muscle, economic assistance, and moral leadership of the United States, Europe has emerged from WWII and the Cold War with a deep and abiding commitment to respect for human rights.

The bad news is that a continent committed to human rights isn’t very comfortable dealing with a country that employs torture and maintains an archipelago of secret prisons.

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