Lincoln on the apologists for “torture-lite”

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

Just substitute “waterboarding” or “sleep deprivation” or “hypothermia” for “slavery.”

This issue is dividing the actual conservatives from the cowardly sado-fascists who think it’s fine if we imitate the KGB as long as we don’t imitate the Spanish Inquisition. Apparently the sado-fascists constitute a majority of Republican primary voters.

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