Who’s supporting the thugs in the Ukraine?

No, that wasn’t left-wing anti-American Brit idiocy, it was right-wing/libertarian anti-American Brit idiocy.

An earlier item in this space was deliberately rude about the Guardian for publishing pro-Yanukovych propaganda. I assumed that I was seeing a particularly foolish and nasty example of Brit left-wing anti-Americanism.

Silly me. How was I to know that I was in fact seeing a particularly foolish and nasty example of Brit right-wing/libertarian anti-Americanism, with Euroskeptic and Thatcherite ties? (Or maybe — it’s hard to read — mostly non-ideological flacking-for-hire by a group that has adopted dictators and mass murderers as its target market.)

But this Guardian column straightened me out. Hat tip: Martin Stabe, who has more.

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