Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Peter Hitchens Blames Kids For Drug War


In the the Google+ Debate on the War on Drugs, Peter Hitchens blamed drug users for the violence in the drug trade. I laughed so hard. And let me say that I very strongly AGREE with Peter Hitchens that personal responsibility is of paramount importance in this issue, and any issue really. That's just axiomatic. We are persons.

But is it really demand that is the culprit here? The suggestion is beyond laughable. The demand for ILLEGAL DRUGS may, in some economically surreal drug warrior world, be to blame for our current situation. But the sensible and obvious solution is not to curb demand i.e., attempt to socially engineer the appetites of millions of individuals, but to remove the legally prohibited status. DUH!

I doubt Peter Hitchens will ever read this, but if by some miracle he does I must address you directly: Your comical naïveté will be shattered if you take six and a half minutes to learn about America's experience with alcohol prohibition. I have previously discussed the detrimental effects of the War on Drugs on society and its freedoms and finances.

So let's talk personal responsibility and demand. Is demand responsible for our current situation? Yup, it sure is. But it's not the demand for drugs. It is the demand for their prohibition. What's a drug anyway? Both heroin and diphenhydramine (Benadryl) are drugs. Alcohol and cocaine are drugs. All four are in demand, but only two are illegal. Only two have violent black markets. Guess which two?

We continue to see such blood in the drug trade today not in spite of prohibition, but due to it. Support for the Drug War comes not just from ignorant citizens, but includes the pharmaceutical industry and the cartels themselves, both of which profit from restricted markets. Each and every one of these drug warriors are personally responsible for the deaths due to it, between the State and cartels and between the cartels themselves. And, of course, all the innocent.

That is a lot of blood on your hands. Do you really want it, Pete? Are you that evil or just that ignorant? As always, I give the benefit of the doubt that it's just blind ignorance.

Percentages vary by drug and time but, for example, a 1998 poll by the Family Research Council found that 82% of those polled supported the continued prohibition of heroin and cocaine.

However, public opinion has finally begun to shift in the last decade. Most people now consider the war on drugs to be a failure

The militarization of police i.e. giving them TANKS, the ridiculous expansion of the prison-industrial complex, the siphoning of private resources from private society to federal, state, and local drug bureaus incalculably outweigh any benefit of the War on Drugs. To believe otherwise demands a special kind of brain.

The arguments of ignorant drug warriors like Peter Hitchens are so hollow it's absurd. You would think they would see the last few decades for what they are, a failure, and yet they continue their idiotic, counterproductive, and immoral project, imperiling us all.
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