Something to be thankful for

Some of Wal-Mart’s not-anti-gay policies are annoying the American Family Association.

Wal-Mart is taking flak from the (un)Christian Right for being insufficiently hostile to gays and lesbians. Nothing too drastic: Wal-Mart joined the Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and contributed to a group that promotes gay rights in the workplace. But anything that helps peel Mr. Sam’s successors away from the conservative coalition can only be good for humanity.

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