Remind me never
    to get on Ken MacLeod’s bad side

I have no real animus toward the British Tories. Perhaps I would if I lived there; surely I would if Thatcher were still the boss. But I’d much rather be ruled by them than by the people we’re currently ruled by, so it’s hard to work up much actual dislike.

So in laughing until I cried at the text below, I was expressing a literary and not a political opinion. It has the mark of true comic genius: it gets funnier on re-reading. Can anyone produce a comparable bit of American political invective, from either side of the aisle?

[Thanks to Brad DeLong for the pointer.]

Ken MacLeod on the Tories

It’s cheap and easy for those of us who have always hated the Tories to gloat over the current mess in the Tory party. The party that bestrode the 80s like Godzilla has reduced itself to one that can’t mobilize even its natural base of scabs, spivs, spies and kulaks, possibly because it’s hard to say ‘scabs, spivs, spies and kulaks’ while drunk. A party whose sole defining policy, hostility to the Euro and the European Union, is actually quite popular well inside Labour lines, but which has made Eurosceptics look like somebody conversing with a litter bin while rummaging in it for food. A party that replaces a man who looks as if he’s been replaced by his own waxwork with a man who looks like he sleeps in a coffin. A party that can’t effectively oppose the most distrusted Prime Minister in living memory.

But –

But nothing. As I said, it’s cheap and easy for those of us who have always hated the Tories to gloat over the current mess in the Tory party. So go ahead and enjoy yourself.

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

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