The Goeglein plagiarism case

Shouldn’t newspaper editors use TurnItIn?

Note to newspaper editors:

Try TurnItIn.

Footnote Walter Williams, who teaches economics at George Mason when he’s not filling in for Rush Limbaugh on the radio or spreading conspiracy theories about climate change, makes something of a fool of himself in comments on the original Nancy Nall post. His argument, if you unpack it, is the Goeglein should have been allowed to get a new job on the false pretense that he hadn’t been caught in serial plagiarism, and that the newspaper should have covered up the fact that it had been running plagiarized material. Nall’s failure to assist such a cover-up makes her personally responsible for the fact that Goeglein’s children now have an unemployed father.

Rather an odd stance for an academic, no? And I would have thought that a conservative would attribute the blame for criminality and its consequences to the criminal, not the police officer or the prosecutor. But IAOKIYAR, I guess.

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