We’re Number One!

We even do political re-education better than the people who invented it. It took Stalin months to re-educate Kamenev, and it took Mao years to re-educate Deng Xiaoping; Rush Limbaugh re-educated Michael Steel in less than 24 hours, without ever putting a hand on him.

Hurrah for the U.S.A.! We do everything better than them furriners.

We even do political re-education better than the people who invented it.

It took Stalin months to re-educate Kamenev, and it took Mao years to re-educate Deng Xiaoping. But they were Communists, and we all now how inefficient Communism is. The patriotic, 100% American, free-enterprise GOP is not subject to such bureaucratic slow-downs; Rush Limbaugh re-educated Michael Steele in less than 24 hours, without ever laying a hand on him.

Delicious irony: This all started with Steele on TV denying that Limbaugh is “the de facto leader of the Republican Party.”

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