Using up one more of my fifteen minutes

Which item does not belong on this list?

Pope Francis
Janet Yellen
Rand Paul
Mark Kleiman

Which item does not belong on this list?

  • Pope Francis
  • Janet Yellen
  • Rand Paul
  • Mark Kleiman

Politico is out with its annual list of 50 “thinkers, doers and dreamers who really matter in this age of gridlock and dysfunction,” and by some oversight I’m on it, with  an insanely flattering profile and a fairly flattering sketch 

Mark Kleiman

Now, if I had my druthers, I druther be one of the Forbes 400 than the Politico 50, but I’ll take what I can get.

For the record, the BOTEC/RAND team that did the Washington State work included about 50 people, with Jon Caulkins, Beau Kilmer and Angela Hawken (among many others) contributing much of the intellectual firepower and Steve Davenport, Bob Jesse, and Lowry Heussler doing most of the organizational work. The “hemperor” may not be entirely naked, but he’s certainly dressed in borrowed clothing.

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:

4 thoughts on “Using up one more of my fifteen minutes”

  1. Actually, I thought immediately that Rand Paul was the one who didn't belong on the list. So my pleasure at seeing you receive some well deserved recognition is tempered slightly by the realization that just as your selection demonstrated good judgment, including Rand Paul in such a list of "thinkers, doers and dreamers" is something of an insult to those who are the genuine article.

  2. Wait until all the good jokes get attributed to you.

    The sketch reminds me somehow of this fictional representation of Uzbek national hero and patron of sublime architecture, or alternatively psychopathic warlord and destroyer of cities, Timur the Lame.
    Congratulations, O Lord of the Stars.

  3. Congratulations! It is nice that you share credit. I do think we in the US have an obsession with leader-itis, and it is too bad. It leads to lots of distortions.

    You can have my 15 minutes too. I like being obscure.

    What would you buy that you don't already have? (rhetorical)

  4. To paraphrase Newton, you're standing on the shoulders of quite an army! Just be careful getting down.

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