Joe McCarthy lives!

Eugene Volokh searches for disloyal liberals and comes up empty. Henry Farrell searches for lying right-wingers who falsely claim that there are lots of disloyal liberals and brings back a full bag.

I noted earlier that Eugene Volokh’s attempt to find important American liberals who support the Iraqi insurgency had yielded a result within measurement error of nothing whatever. But Henry Farrell’s search for right-wingers who falsely assert the opposite — who claim that large segments of the American left support our enemies — has been much more productive.

The conclusion is inescapable: Large segments of the American right are making demonstrably false charges of disloyalty, thus weakening national unity in wartime. How unpatriotic of them!

Footnote: On the other hand, George Galloway is certainly a piece of work, isn’t he? I don’t care how much fun it is watching Galloway savage Republicans; I suggest a moratorium on any praise or defense of Galloway in Blue Blogistan.

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: