For those of you — non-Christian, Christian, or post-Christian — who have been wondering why worshippers of the Prince of Peace seem to have so little scruple about waging war, my old friend Steve Harvester (a United Methodist pastor) has an explanation: it’s mostly the Emperor Constantine’s fault.

The essay is a breath of fresh air because it presents its pacifism straightforwardly, rather than trying to disguise it as policy analysis or international law.

The argument reminds me of one of my favorite lines from one of my unfavorite authors, G.K. Chesterton (The Napoleon of Notting Hill almost makes up for all the bigotry, but not quite):

“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting;

it has been found difficult and left untried.”

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