informationliberation
The news you're not supposed to know...




An Introduction to Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand Everything
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
(more)
Article posted Jul 11 2012, 9:29 AM Category: Commentary Source: Laurence M. Vance Print

Why the War on Drugs Should Be Ended

by Laurence M. Vance

The War on Drugs is a monstrous evil that has ruined more lives than drugs themselves. Taking drugs harms the person who partakes, but not those who abstain; the War on Drugs harms everyone, even those who abstain from taking drugs.

Yet the Drug War enjoys bipartisan support in Congress, is supported by the majority of Americans, is cheered by most religious people, is espoused by most parents with young children, is championed by liberals and conservatives alike, is encouraged by the majority of law-enforcement personnel, and is even defended by those who say they advocate “civil liberties” or “limited government.”

But drugs are addictive. Yes, and so is caffeine.

But drugs are unhealthy. Yes, and so is high-fructose corn syrup.

But drugs are dangerous. Yes, and so is skateboarding.

But drugs are sinful. Yes, and so is adultery.

But drugs are a bad habit. Yes, and so is burping in public.

But drugs can be destructive. Yes, and so can tobacco smoking.

But drugs are a vice. Yes, and so is gluttony.

But drugs are immoral. Yes, and so is pornography.

But drugs harm children. Yes, and so does divorce.

But drugs may lead to premature death. Yes, and so may alcohol.

But drugs have societal costs. Yes, and so does obesity.

But drugs can lead to financial ruin. Yes, and so can using credit cards.

But drugs can kill. Yes, and so can prescription drugs.

But drugs can have unintended consequences. Yes, and so can sexual relations.

But drugs can lead to crime to support one’s habit. Yes, and so can gambling.

But drugs have no redeeming value. Yes, and neither do Twinkies.

Why, then, do so many people support the War on Drugs? The main problem, I believe, is too little commitment to freedom and, concomitantly, too much faith in government. Americans who are not firmly committed to the freedom philosophy intuitively believe that when there is a problem, government action is the best or the only way to solve it.

In spite of all the evidence of the failures and destructiveness of the Drug War, drug warriors are intransigent when it comes to ending the Drug War.

Why should the Drug War be ended?



The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it has failed to prevent drug abuse.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because marijuana has been found to have medical benefits.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because more people are killed by tobacco every year than are killed by all illegal drugs in the 20th century.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because smoking marijuana is less dangerous than drinking alcohol.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it violates the Constitution.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because the D.A.R.E program has had, according to the GAO, “no statistically long-term effect on preventing youth illicit drug use.”

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because more people die from drugs prescribed and administered by physicians than from illegal drugs.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it clogs the judicial system with noncrimes.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it swells the prison population with nonviolent offenders.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it has failed to keep drugs away from teenagers.

The War on Drugs should not be ended not simply because it has lasted for more than 40 years with nothing lasting to show for it.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because other countries have legalized drugs with no increase in drug overdoses.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it hinders legitimate pain management and turns doctors into criminals.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it has failed to keep drugs out of the hands of addicts or to get them treatment.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because of its gross sentencing disparities.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because for the first half of our nation’s history there were no prohibitions against any drug.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it has made criminals out of hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding Americans.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it has devastated the black community.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because, according to a study published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, alcohol ranks as the “most harmful drug,” beating out heroin, crack cocaine, and ecstasy.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it has failed to stop the violence associated with drug trafficking.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it has cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars.

The War on Drugs should be ended simply because there are many more activities that are much more dangerous than using drugs.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it corrupts law enforcement.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it is a war on a victimless crime.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because it has failed to reduce the demand for illicit drugs.

The War on Drugs should be ended not simply because its costs far exceed its benefits.

The War on Drugs should be ended because it is a war on the Constitution, federalism, and limited government. It is a war on personal responsibility and accountability. It is a war on individual liberty and private property. It is a war on personal and financial privacy. It is a war on peaceful activity and the right to be left alone if one is not aggressing against the person or property of another.

The War on Drugs should be ended, not gradually or partially, but immediately and completely. All drugs laws should be repealed. All prisoners incarcerated for drug possession should be released. All government agencies fighting the Drug War should be abolished.

If doesn’t matter if all the bad things said about drugs are true. It doesn’t matter if drugs are sinful and immoral. It doesn’t matter if drugs are unhealthy and dangerous. It doesn’t matter if drugs are inherently addictive. It doesn’t matter if drug use leads to crime to support one’s habit. It doesn’t matter if drugs destroy homes and lives.

It doesn’t matter if marijuana is a gateway drug. It doesn’t matter if marijuana isn’t beneficial for pain management.

It doesn’t matter if someone you know died from a drug overdose. It doesn’t matter if your kids are on drugs. It doesn’t matter if you know someone who had a crack baby.

It doesn’t matter if all the supposed negative effects of ending the Drug War actually do come to pass. It doesn’t matter if millions more people would try drugs if they were legal. It doesn’t matter if drug overdoses would increase. It doesn’t matter if more people would become addicted to drugs. It doesn’t matter if drugs would become cheaper and more readily available.

It doesn’t matter if the Drug War can be “won.” It doesn’t matter if drug warriors have good intentions. It doesn’t matter if some good might come from the Drug War. It doesn’t matter if kids just say no to drugs. It doesn’t matter if drug addicts get treatment. It doesn’t matter if drug use among teens declines. It doesn’t matter if demand for drugs shrinks.

It doesn’t matter if the Drug War enjoys widespread bipartisan support. It doesn’t matter if the majority of Americans back the Drug War. It doesn’t matter if other countries believe in fighting the Drug War. It doesn’t matter if physicians, psychiatrists, police, and social workers defend the Drug War.

It doesn’t matter if advocates for medical marijuana just want to smoke pot for recreational purposes. It doesn’t matter if proponents of drug decriminalization just want to get high. It doesn’t matter if those who favor the legalization of drugs just want to get stoned out of their mind.

The War on Drugs should be ended because it is not really about drugs at all. It is about expanding the power and scope of the state. It is about politicians, bureaucrats, regulators, statists, nannies, and busybodies who tell Americans what they may and may not put into their mouths, noses, lungs, and veins.

The War on Drugs should be ended because it is a war on the free market, a free society, and freedom itself.
_
Laurence M. Vance is a policy advisor for the Future of Freedom Foundation and the author of The Revolution That Wasn’t. Visit his website: www.vancepublications.com. Send him email.





Latest Commentary
- The War on Drugs Was Born 100 Years Ago
- What America Wannabe?
- Judicial Deference to the Torturers
- Ross Ulbricht Should Be Freed in a Fair Trial
- Government Save Us From "Overpriced" Chinese Food
- I Love Loosies and the People Who Sell Them
- Obama's Plan for Better Policing: The Good, the Bad, and the Body Cameras
- Statism: The Most Dangerous Religion (feat. Larken Rose)









Comments Add Comment Page 1 of 1
Anonymous

Posted: Jul 11 2012, 3:17 PM

Link
1272 I see countless articles about the unfairness and futility of the war on drugs but not a single mention of why drugs have to be illegal. It's because without strict controls that limit the supply, most street drugs would be worthless!

I must assume that people who write articles bemoaning the war on drugs are either propagandists or stupendously ignorant of natural laws. If marijuana were legal it wouldn't be long before you'd have to give it away. It's a freakin' weed, for crissake! And opium is easier to grow than a tomato plant. Without very strict controls on the supply the bottom would fall out of those markets in a single growing season. The banking, legal, and prison systems thrive on those laws too. In fact, a very big part of the world's economy depends on those barbaric laws that keep the price of drugs extremely inflated. The U.N. pegs the illicit drugs biz at $1,500,000,000,000 a year. 1.5 Trillion.

Drugs must be illegal in order for them to be valuable!

"If the [drug] trade is ever legalized, it will cease to be profitable from that time. The more difficulties that attend it, the better for you and us." - Directors of Jardine-Matheson, multinational corporation, incorporated in Bermuda and based in Hong Kong



Add Comment
Name
Comment

* No HTML


Verification *
Please Enter the Verification Code Seen Below
 


PLEASE NOTE
Please see our About Page, our Disclaimer, and our Comments Policy.


FAIR USE NOTICE
This site contains copyrighted material the use of which in some cases has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for the purposes of news reporting, education, research, comment, and criticism, which constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. It is our policy to remove material from public view that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our members or users.

About Us - Disclaimer - Privacy Policy



Advanced Search
Username:

Password:

Remember Me
Forgot Password?
Register

Cop Stops Fellow Cop From Choking a Handcuffed Man, She Was Then Beaten and Fired - 12/18Thieves Yell "Police" Before Invading Home, Shooting and Robbing Resident - 12/18Tennessee Town Passes Policy Banning Negative Comments About The Town's Government - 12/18A Peace Officer Defies the "Blue Tribe": The Exile of Officer Cariol Horne - 12/19For Punitive Populists, "Comply or Die" IS The "Law" - 12/19Obama Commutes Sentences for Eight Drug Offenders - 12/18Ignorance Is No Excuse for Wrongdoing, Unless You're a Cop - 12/17Cops Called For Wellness Check Beat Innocent Man, Pile On False Charges; Jury Exonerates, Twice - 12/17

Rialto, CA Police Made to Wear Cameras, Use of Force Drops by Over Two-ThirdsCop Who Karate Chopped NY Judge In Throat Gets Off Scot-FreeFlorida Cop Smashes Compliant Woman's Face Into Car -- "Maybe Now You Can Understand Simple Instructions"VIDEO: Lapel Cam Reveals A Day In The Life Of A U.S. Police Officer (Tasing, Beating, Breaking & Entering, Stomping On Heads... and Laughing About It)Caught On Tape: Officer Sucker Punches Inmate In Face, Files Report Claiming 'Self Defense'Insult Person On Twitter, Go To JailSWAT Team Brings TV Crew To Film Raid Against Threatening Internet Critic -- Raids Innocent Grandma InsteadCop Karate Chops NY Judge In The Throat
(more)

 
Top