Part of the "Critiques of Libertarianism" site.
Last updated 10/25/07.
Libertarians see no role for government at all in regulating or
prohibiting drugs of any sort, for recreation or for treatment, to
any age. Ridiculous.
That's patently stupid, as it would allow unlimited aggressive marketing
of addictive and harmful substances even to children. While drugs
might be "individual choices", they obviously produce externalities for
family and society.
Cocaine, Marijuana, and Heroin
We do not have to choose between the two extremes -- an all-out war on
drugs or a libertarian free market -- usually presented in the American
debate. More moderate and beneficial alternatives are possible.
The Consumers Union Report on Licit and Illicit Drugs, Chapter 69. Policy issues and recommendations.
A 1972 report detailing pragmatic alternatives to the drug war
from a public health point of view,
without the ridiculous libertarian demand for total deregulation.
Don't Legalize Drugs
article warns of the many unexpected results that are likely from
adopting legalization of drugs as a social policy. Very pragmatic.
An anti-legalization site cites a retired DEA officer's quotation of
Theodore Dalrymple's article about problems of legalizing drugs.
The Case Against Legalization
M.A. Paarlberg explains why libertarian-style drug legalization is the
wrong approach for ending the drug war.
Copyright 2007 by Mike Huben ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
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