Somebody ought to take Ross Douthat aside and explain to him the two basic principles of blogging ethics:
1. Never diss your side’s nominee, no matter how big a turkey she turns out to be. Especially not this close to an election.
2. Never admit you were wrong about anything.
Really, if he’s going to go all honest on us, it’s going to make the rest of the bloggers look not only fallible but hackish. Bad for business.
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.
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)
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