Income, conscience, George Bernard Shaw, and Mark Penn

Is Mark Penn Andrew Undershaft?

Thinking about Mark Penn and his limited, modified conscientiousness reminded me of a bit of GBS dialogue between an industrialist and one of the victims of his economic ruthlessness, now living in a homeless shelter.

The poor man accuses the millionaire of getting rich by keeping others poor, and adds, “I wouldn’t have your conscience, not for all your income.” The rich man replies, “I wouldn’t have your income, not for all your conscience.”

You pays your money, and you takes your choice. Mark Penn has made his choice. Now we have to make ours.

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: