“Peaceably” to assemble, and to petition for redress of grievances

According to Atrios, the Bush Administration filed a brief in federal court supporting New York’s decision to forbid an anti-war march. I’m not anti-war this round, and if I were I’d still think that marching wasn’t an especially valuable form of political action, but Atrios is surely right that the White House shouldn’t be asking the courts to keep protestors against its policies quiet.


Eugne Volokh, who does this stuff for a living, disagrees. I’m not fully persuaded, but at most one of us is right, and if you were betting real money you’d have to bet on him.

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