The blue-state banner at the Battle of Malden

Democrats should be willing to die with their boots on. Fortunately, they might not have to.

Brad DeLong reminds us of the words of Brythwold:

Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre,

mod sceal þe mare þe ure maegen lytlað.


Mind must be stronger,

heart be higher,

courage must be greater,

as our strength lessens.

A worthy sentiment. Fortunately, on the evidence our strength is not lessening. The Presidential loss was clear but not large, and we actually picked up seats in the state legislatures and in the House races other than those in the Texamander.

More important yet: if this year wasn’t a fluke, we have finally found a mass funding base for the Democratic Party, which means that we can stop selling out to various narrow interests such as the entertainment companies and the financial-services firms.

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: