The icing on the cake

Ralph Nader oozes into the Schiavo affair.

Ralph Nader has oozed into the Schiavo affair, with the same modesty, accuracy, and intellectual honesty he has long brought to issues of consumer protection, safety, and environmental management.

Hat tip: Ballon Juice

Update: Professor Bainbridge is “pleasantly surprised” to have the perpetrator of the “Public Interest Research Group” scam on his side. He expects those of us who blame Nader for electing Bush to be angry about his defection.

Why, not in the least! Take him, Steve, with my very best wishes. As Churchill is supposed to have said when Italy joined the Axis: “Fair enough. We had them the last war.”

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