Moratorium II

A note to those who have criticisms to offer of the papacy of John Paul II:

Right now would be an excellent time to keep your mouths shut and your keyboards idle.

If your criticisms are true and important — I can easily think of some that are, and one reader has supplied me with others of which I’d been unaware –they’ll still be true and important after the grass is green on his gravesite.


A reader points out that the final phrase above is unfortunate, since Popes are entombed (“encrypted” now having a different meaning) rather than buried.

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: