The drinking age:

Glenn Reynolds endorses a proposal to move the minimum drinking age back to 18.

Mark your calendar: it’s not every day you’ll see me taking a more libertarian position than the Instapundit.

Actually, 18 may be close to the worst drinking age to set, because it creates a large population of inexperienced drinkers who are also inexperienced drivers. But there is something a little crazy about a legal system that makes it illegal for a law-abiding twenty-year-old to buy a beer, but legal for a twenty-one-year-old with three DUIs and two convictions for drunken brawling to buy as much booze as he wants.

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