Ignorance is strength

… at the University of Tennessee Law School.

Glenn Reynolds still doesn’t know what the word “socialism” means. And he’s proud of it. You learn something new every day: I thought it was only sleazy politicians who treasured their ignorance. Of course, if you’re a state employee who holds that state employees are lazy and incompetent, you have to walk the walk. But someone should tell Reynolds that a state-owned law school is a lot closer to “socialism” than are fuel-efficiency standards.

Reynolds, who’s prone to respond to criticism by suggesting that his critics are mentally ill, also thinks that Barack Obama is “too thin-skinned to be President” because he resents being falsely labeled a friend of foreign terrorists.

Isn’t it fun to watch the right wing decompensate in the face of the Obama tidal wave that’s about to wash over them?

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