Seventy five years ago yesterday, Prohibition was repealed. It would figure, of course, that this was not motivated by common sense, but rather by political greed. Lew Rockwell talks to Mark Thornton about all this.
Be sure also to listen to the interview with Thornton about the drug war.
It’s interesting to me that, with respect both to alcohol and drugs, they became more dangerous after they were banned–so that whole bit about banning stuff for our own good is probably complete garbage.
Nonetheless, if you can find more than five people that you know who are capable of having a reasonable conversation about these substances, you are doing better than I am. Americans love to find the faults of others and to correct them, even if it means ruining lives in the process. Mencken said that most citizens love the law the most when it is established in order to protect them from themselves.
Everyone knows that the drug war has been an abysmal failure, but its status as a quasi-religion (a false one, to boot), with Nancy Reagan as its heavenly queen, pretty much prohibits reasoned discussion about the subject, let alone a sane recognition of the principles of non-aggression and personal responsibility.