Mark Kleiman

Global Commission on Drug Policy: Ho, Hum

The grandiloquently-named Global Commission on Drug Policy has issued its final press release report. Not a new idea to be found; just recycled legalization talking points. Not surprising, with a commission long on celebrity but short on relevant expertise and a staff of “advisers” drawn entirely from within the “drug policy reform” cocoon. I wouldn’t… Read more »

The Startling Decline in Rape

The rate of forcible rape as reported on victimization surveys peaked in 1979 at about 2.8 per 1000 population (age 12 or older). In 2009 the rate fell to 0.5: This is an astounding decline, but I don’t know of any reason to doubt the accuracy of the numbers. The National Crime Victimization survey is… Read more »

California Prisoner Release

California has been running an appallingly crowded prison system for more than two decades. In effect, the legislature and successive governors decided that the right way to resolve the tension between the voters’ desire for harsher punishment as expressed in the Three Strikes initiative and their own spinelessness about raising taxes was to crowd more… Read more »

Today in Orwellian Nightmares

Last Sunday, Newt Gingrich said the following about Paul Ryan’s proposal to replace Medicare with defined-contribution subsidies for health insurance designed to replace a decreasing fraction of total cost from year to year: I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don’t think imposing radical change from the… Read more »

No-Fly List

Virgin America has now joined mine; I will never fly that airline (or either of its sister Virgins) again. This post is written from the KLM Lounge at JFK. I’m here as a Delta flyer, though my flight actually has an Alaska Airlines fight number. (Gotta love modern air travel; since it’s a KLM lounge,… Read more »