Richard Crookback forsees Crooked George

One illegality leads to the next.

Atrios and Matt Yglesias point out that the Administration is on a treadmill of illegality. Evidence based on illegal wiretaps or on torture can’t be introduced in court. So illegal action makes it impossible to get court approval for further steps, making more illegal actions inevitable.

Shakespeare’s Richard III found himself in the same position:

Uncertain way of gain! But I am in

So far in blood that sin will pluck on sin.

Footnote Ben Azzai says (Pirke Avot 4:2) “The penalty for each transgression is the next transgression.”

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:

2 thoughts on “Richard Crookback forsees Crooked George”

  1. Speaking of quotes, there was the time last summer when a friend and I, getting depressed as usual about the state of the administration, flipped open a Gideon Bible.
    The verse we randomly lit on was Isaiah 16:14. In the KJ it goes "But now the Lord hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, and with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble."
    I liked the sound of "hireling." And wasn't "Moab" what they called that fuel-air bomb they were creaming themselves about just before the war?
    Biblical prophecy is no one's monopoly.

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