Drug War

Drugs and George W. Bush

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Oh, I was like that when a lad! A shocking young scamp of a rover, I behaved like a regular cad; But that sort of thing is all over. I'm now a respectable chap And shine with a virtue resplendent And, therefore, I haven't a scrap Of sympathy with the defendant! Those words were penned mor than a century ago by the great satirist W.S. ... [click for more]

It’s Time to End the War on Drugs

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Hardly a week goes by without some mention in the media of the war on drugs. Record drug busts, money-laundering schemes, increasing drug abuse, gang warfare, thefts and robberies, political corruption, infringements on bank privacy, searches and seizures, confiscation of assets, arrests, convictions, and incarcerations. If the overall situation - both with drug usage ... [click for more]

Should the State Punish Drug Offenders?

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Republican presidential contender George W. Bush's refusal to deny cocaine use raises some fundamental, moral questions: Why should the state be punishing adults for drug offenses? Why shouldn't people be free to engage in self-destructive behavior as long as their conduct is peaceful? Why should anyone be put in jail, fined, or have his ... [click for more]

Booze Busting: The New Prohibition

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Sixty-odd years after the repeal of Prohibition, a new anti-alcohol fervor is sweeping the nation. The anti-alcohol mentality is leading to absurd practices: An elementary school in Brandon, Vermont, forced sixth-graders to undergo breath tests to see whether any of them had been consuming alcohol. As lawyer Richard Berman recently noted, "Last Christmas in Georgia, 13-year-old honor student Cosmo Zinkow was ... [click for more]

Policy Overdose

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From 1990 to 1996 heroin use among high-school seniors was up one hundred percent. Imagine how bad things would be if the war on drugs weren't succeeding! A report published in the journal Pediatrics attributes the increase to the falling price and higher purity of heroin, and to the belief that snorting or smoking heroin ... [click for more]

The Bipartisan Drug Warp

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President Clinton promised recently to cut drug use by 50 percent over the next 10 years with the more than $17 billion--nearly a 7 percent increase--he's asked from Congress. Predictably, Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the effort isn't enough. Those who hate partisan bickering might take comfort that each ... [click for more]

The Drug War vs. Public Health and Safety

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Many Americans recognize that the drug war has jailed hundreds of thousands of people whose sole crime was to possess substances that politicians did not approve of. However, this is only the start of the casualty list of the drug war. Many other Americans have suffered who themselves had little or nothing to do with narcotics. Foolish drug regulations are ... [click for more]

Destroying Families for the Glory of the Drug War, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 In Clyo, Georgia, 11-year-old Tony Johnson met police Sergeant Sam O'Dwyer during Tony's DARE training. After completing his training, Tony met with O'Dwyer three times and eventually informed the cop of a few marijuana plants on a corner of his parents' land near their trailer home. O'Dwyer busted Tony's mother on April 9, 1992. ... [click for more]

Destroying Families for the Glory of the Drug War, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 Few programs better symbolize the arrogance, propaganda, and political opportunism of the drug war than the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. DARE is the most popular antidrug education program in America. Labeled by the Chicago Tribune as "a darling of America's drug war," DARE is currently being taught by police officers to ... [click for more]

The Relegalization of Drugs, Part 3

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 I am often asked what distinguishes libertarians from nonlibertarians. I sometimes respond with a political or economic answer. But I've concluded that the best answer is a psychological one: Libertarians, unlike others, have a fierce commitment to reality, which is a commitment to truth. We have broken free of the ... [click for more]

The Relegalization of Drugs, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 What could be more destructive and dysfunctional than public schooling? Let's cut through the facade of parents' voluntarily taking their children to the school bus each morning or dropping them off at school for their wonderful, cheerful, bright day of learning. The real reason parents do this is simple: If ... [click for more]

The Relegalization of Drugs, Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 A member of the Christian Coalition recently telephoned me and said that she agreed with most of what The Future of Freedom Foundation stands for and wanted to support us. She then asked: "What is your organization's stand on drug legalization?" I responded: "We call for the total legalization of ... [click for more]
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