Words and deeds

Richard Cohen points out that politicians’ irresponsible words can kill people.

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

6 thoughts on “Words and deeds”

  1. One of those prominent haters of the era was Al Capp, the cartoonist who created Lil' Abner and went around venting anger against college students who protested against the war in Vietnam. In 1970, he was hobnobbing with Spiro Agnew and John Mitchell in mutual admiration societies, having praised the National Guard at Kent State and having denounced the dead students.

    In 1971, he was busted for exposing himself to a coed at a midwestern college campus; the fate of Agnew and Mitchell is well known also.

    Resentment is ultimately self-destructive. But it has to be confronted for what it is.

  2. There's a lot of dissing of Cohen at liberal blogs, some of it deserved. But then he can go and write something like this.

  3. I am not even going to click on that link. Richard Cohen is a fool. Period. That doesn't mean he's always wrong – stopped clocks and whatnot. But it does mean he's not worth paying attention to.

  4. For those of you who want a more recent example, we have two dead policemen and one disabled for life here in Oregon. A father and son are currently on trial. They planted a bomb they intended to use to rob a couple of banks. The prosecution makes a good case that they wanted the money to fund a militia and they neede a militia to help "take back our country" from a black President who intends to take away our guns.

  5. "My political opponents are irresponsible" is a sentiment we can all get behind, and it's even more persuasive when done in that inimitable Cohen fashion.

    You are all nitwits, aren't you?

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