More than one kind of courage

What did John Lewis mean when he likened John McCain to George Wallace? Not what you think he meant, says someone who has studied both Lewis and Wallace.

Russ Rymer argues that when John Lewis likened John McCain to George Wallace, he was warning about the need for political courage as much as rebuking a flirtation with racism. Rymer tells succinctly a fine, nuanced story: not a melodrama, but a tragedy, or a pair of them.

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: