Measured Against Reality

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Drug Commentary

Reason has an excellent article about the folly of the drug war. Actually, it seems like they have a new excellent article about the folly of the drug war at least once every day, but this one reminded me of something from one of those movies I posted yesterday.

Joseph McNamara, a research fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institute, said that it is absolutely impossible to stop drug trade for one simple reason: money. He said “if I could make this pen for one dollar and sell it for seventeen-thousand dollars, nothing in the world is going to stop me from doing it.”

There is simply too much money in drugs for us to be able to stop them while there’s any demand at all. And eliminating demand is almost certainly impossible, drugs seem to be one of those things that people just want, regardless of the dangers and legalities.

Unfortunately, none of the drug warriors who control drug policy will ever change their minds about what we’re doing. I only hope that some day the people in power realize how insane this is, and that I’ll live to see a time where the “War on Drugs” is remembered as we remember Prohibition now.

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