Just in time for Hallowe’en

A Republican Congress is much scarier than a vampire. Thanks to Steve Benen and Bill Simmon.

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

9 thoughts on “Just in time for Hallowe’en”

  1. Is this going to be broadcast on television or is it strictly a YouTube phenomenon? I would hope the former. Anyone know?

  2. Bruce,

    Electoral politics is a zero sum game. Having someone to vote against is the same thing as having someone to vote for.

  3. "Bruce,

    Electoral politics is a zero sum game. Having someone to vote against is the same thing as having someone to vote for."

    Right up to the moment where you can't stomach either of your choices…

  4. Brett, I hope I'm not being too precious for anyone's good.

    J. Michael Neal, electoral politics is about choosing office-holders, not policies. There's no sum involved, zero or otherwise — just the integer, one, and a qualitative choice of which one.

    The rise of authoritarian extremism is alarming, but the political failure that has generated these developments isn't at the extremes, it is in the center.

    The immediate effect of the deterioration of one of the great political parties into a farcical shell is to reduce the accountability of the other. The determination of the Democrats to maintain a tone of moderation doesn't cure a pattern of abject policy failure.

  5. The whole point of the video is that there is no action or inaction that corresponds with Brett's imagined inability "to stomach either of the choices." Staying home advantages the party you dislike more.

    Several people who saw the video yesterday told me that they'd put it on their own Facebook pages. Go thou, and do likewise.

  6. But this video assumes my vote will make a difference or at least has a high enough chance of doing so that it would be worth my time to vote.

    It doesn't matter what would happen if no one voted, because that won't happen even if I don't vote.

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