Sarah Palin, reformer

A rant from my bloggingheads with Megan McArdle, with a link to the whole thing, including a fine McArdle riff on risk.

Here’s my rant from my lattest bloggingheads with Megan McArdle.

At the end, we switched roles and I started interviewing Megan, who does a very good riff on how to build a society that encourages the right kind of risk-taking and why the bankruptcy bill was a simple transfer from consumers to banks, based on in effect having the Federal government retroactively rewrite all those contracts.

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: