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Aug. 27th, 2009

08:11 am - An excellent article on why the drug war is an awful idea

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But it comes from a bunch of icky, umm... you know... libertarians.

The Drug War's Collateral Damage: Drug prohibition militarizes our police, enriches our enemies, undermines our laws, and condemns our sick to suffering.

My only worry is that with all the power and militarization the police have been the happy recipients of, with the pervasive "us against them" attitude the drug war engenders, how are we ever going to get them to go back? I mean the police recently deployed a SWAT team against a massage parlor. Won't they just find new uses for SWAT teams if the excuse of drugs goes away?

The paranoid in me thinks that all the fears of 'terorrists' are because some people realize the drug war is horribly destructive, but want an excuse to still have the kind of power the drug war gives them.

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Date:August 27th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Date:August 27th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)

Ahh, so this guy is a complete idiot for feeling that interfering outside our borders is a bad idea?

And an honest libertarian would be an environmentalist as well, working hard to make sure that unrealized externalities stopped being unrealized. IMHO, that would do more for environmentalism than 10000 Greenpeace interventions.

I think you just want all the benefits of a large centralized government without the inevitable associated corruption.

Heavy handed regulation of the telephone company was both responsible for creating the AT&T monopoly, and now responsible for the fact that our telecommunications infrastructure is a joke compared to most of the rest of the world. And that can be directly traced to the ease of corrupting and controlling a centralized system of regulation.

The same kind of thing will be true of any piece of infrastructure we hand over to a centralized body. It will become corrupted and become the enemy of the very aims it was meant to promote.

Edited at 2009-08-27 04:50 pm (UTC)
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