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Fox Should Lead Way on Drug Legalization

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Another Latin American president is talking about ending the war on drugs. First, there is Uruguay’s president, Jorge Batlle, who openly calls for drug legalization. And now there is Vicente Fox, Mexico’s newly elected president. Last Monday, (March 19) in an article entitled “Fox Talks Drug Legalization,” the Associated Press reported, “In an interview published by two newspapers Sunday, Fox indicated agreement with a police official who suggested last week that the only way to win the war on drugs was to legalize drugs — eliminating the profits and violence caused by illegal trafficking. But the president quickly qualified the statement, saying that Mexico could not move alone and indicating that he did not expect such a step soon.” Fox is both right and wrong. He’s right to say that the war on drugs should be ended by (re-) legalizing drugs. But he’s wrong to imply that Mexico must wait for other countries (i.e, the U.S.) to do so. Latin American countries such as Uruguay and Mexico can — and should — lead the world by unilaterally legalizing drugs. This would bring an end to so much of the violence, corruption, and gang warfare that has pervaded Latin America for decades. When U.S. government officials see the benefits that come with ending this immoral, inhumane, and destructive war, the pressure will be on them to follow Latin America’s lead. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wprv/aponline/20010319/aponline180002_002.htm

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    Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews at LewRockwell.com and from Full Context. Send him email.