If it’s broke, don’t fix it.

Rupert Murdoch has promised not to interfere with the *editorial page* of the Wall Street Journal.

When Winston Churchill’s lunatic reactionary son Randolph had a tumor biopsy that came back benign, Evelyn Waugh remarked, “It was a typical triumph of modern science to find the only part of Randolph that was not malignant and remove it.”

It looks as if Rupert Murdoch has done the reverse: he’s taken the one part of the Wall Street Journal that desperately needed changing, and promised not to change it. Paul BGigot, who’s down with using violence to steal elections, will remain in complete command of the editorial page. The news operation, which is a national treasure, is completely open to Murdoch’s depredations.

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