Note to Eugene Volokh

Those themselves incapable of being neutral, even for a reflective moment, will never credit neutrality in others.


People who regard writing as purely a species of warfare, and who themselves never write anything without a polemical point, are simply not capable of understanding that you sometimes say something about a controversial topic simply because what you have to say seems to you true and interesting, without intending to help or harm either side of any controversy.

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: