Laffer and Lysenko, together at last

The Heritage Foundation moves to cement the alliance between economic wingnuttery and scientific wingnuttery.

The Republican Party now combines the folks who want to repeal the New Deal and the folks who want to repeal the Enlightenment. Recent events in Florida have revealed some fissures between the two. Kevin Drum catches the Heritage Foundation trying to cement the Coalition of the Wingnuts by holding a forum on “Creation Science.”

Praktike at Chez Nadezhda has the perfect comment:

The Lysenkosphere continues to encroach upon the Laffosphere.

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: