“Play nice” rules, again

This is getting tiresome. If you disagree with something an RBC poster, or another commenter, says, say so, and say why. If you think an RBC poster, or another commenter, is a fool, a tool, or a troll, please keep your opinion to yourself, or post it elsewhere. Diversity of opinion is part of the design. Civil discourse is one of the goals.

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

6 thoughts on ““Play nice” rules, again”

  1. Mark, what’d I do now??? ; >

    But if this is about someone calling Matthew a troll, I was going to say, I do think he should get a lot of credit for sticking around this joint when many of us throw metaphorical shoes at his head on a regular basis. It says something good about a person. He may even be … growing on me a bit.

  2. Robert Caro, in Master of the Senate (page 95), reports that Alben Barkley advised a freshman, “If you think a colleague is stupid, refer to him as ‘the able, learned, and distinguished senator, but if you know he is stupid, refer to him as ‘the very able, learned, and distinguished senator.”

  3. Good grief! Talk about the old rules, which forbade members from using the second person pronoun towards other members, being strictly observed by the “liberal” from Florida and being flung down and danced upon by the “conservative” from the same state!


    Where are those liberal/conservative classification criteria again?

    I had not seen this story as of the previous post. Synchronicity or something.

  4. Yeah we need to ratchet our game up to a higher level of artistry. I will certainly put in the effort. (Though to be art it must not give off the slightest whiff of effort.) Tonight I just finished Robertson Davies’ The Cornish Trilogy, and my, do I admire the at times acidic, but completely polite dialogue.

    ISTR that Gaddis’ A Frolic of His Own had some good role models, too.

  5. “Diversity of opinion is part of the design.”

    If so, why are there are no flaming leftists in the list of posters, and no posters who got their ‘piled higher and deeper’ degrees at Glenn Beck U?

    “Civil discourse is one of the goals.”

    Everything I’ve seen has been civil. We’ve pointed out that Mr. Kahn is not very well-informed, not logical and in general not trustworthy. IIRC, some have pointed out the discrepancy between the quality of his posts and his alleged education; this legitimately calls into question his motives.

    And I’ll ask again – why do you have him as a poster here? [to save time, read this comment through especially the beginning parts]

  6. God, how I love Robertson Davies! I once was reading the Deptford Trilogy during a solo dinner at a restaurant in Winnipeg. The waiter remarked that he had been required to read it in high school and couldn’t believe someone would read it voluntarily. Too bad school ruins so many great books. By not being educated in Canada, I missed out on being forced to read Davies. Fortunate for me. I think I’ll read the Cornish Trilogy again soon.

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