You can’t make this stuff up

Al Sharpton is against “card check” because – wait for it – it might lead to intimidation.

Al Sharpton, who got his start in life as an extortionist and a mover of mob violence, opposes “card check” because it might – wait for it – lead to intimidation.

Putting aside the fact that Sharpton opposing intimidation is like Madonna opposing eroticism, has no one told him about the decades-long campaign of skilled, professionalized, and thoroughly illegal management intimidation that has broken the back of the private-sector labor movement in this country? I’d gladly take real free elections (quick, offsite, with no chance for management to threaten and propagandize) as a substitute for card-check, but the status quo simply won’t do.

I wonder who greased Sharpton’s palm. Or is he merely desperate for attention, now that Barack Obama has put Sharpton and his fellow race-hustlers in the shade, perhaps (imshallah) for good?

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: