The silver lining

The heartening progress of Iraqi democracy: not.

The bungled occupation of Iraq may have cost tens of thousands of lives, created a recruiting ground for terrorists, and cost us our national honor and most of our international friends, but at least Iraq is a democracy, where journalists are free to report honestly about official corruption: as long as they don’t mind serving prison time.

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:

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  1. The important point is that the power of the presidency has continued to be protected and enhanced. What part of that don't you understand?

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