Random thought while planning a hike for 6:30 this evening

Daylight Saving Time is such an obviously good idea that it makes me wonder why we ever go back to Daylight Wasting Time.

Update: A reader points me to this typical bit of obscurantist rant from NRO, whose author seems never to have heard the term “coordination problem.”

No, Mr. Miller, you can’t “save daylight,” but you can change the proportion of waking hours spent when the sun is up. If you’re so averse to centralized processes, perhaps you think we should abandon standard time entirely, and go back to the pre-railroad system of different local times in different towns?

My reader suggests that DST might be the next great left-right issue. I say: Bring it on!

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