Monday, February 8, 2010
I have a piece about Jorge Castañeda's takedown of Felipe Calderón's crime policy. It probably reads as a defense of Calderón more than I would have liked, but really my issue was more with where Castañeda finds fault and how he presents his case. I agree that there certainly are serious shortcomings in Calderón's crime policies, but I'd say they are more related to execution rather than concept, whereas for Castañeda it seems to be the reverse. (When I refer to concept, I'm talking about the realm of the politically possible today; the basis for drug prohibition is shaky, but I don't think we can blame Calderón for the status quo.) More to come about my opinions of where Calderón's team went wrong later.