War on Drugs makes zero economic sense

From the science blog of John Tierney at the New York Times, comes a 1995 William F. Buckley speech pointing out the utilitarian illogic apparent in the ongoing U.S. War on Drugs.

Buckley v. the D.E.A. – TierneyLab – Science – New York Times Blog

If 80 million Americans can experiment with drugs and resist addiction using information publicly available, we can reasonably hope that approximately the same number would resist the temptation to purchase such drugs even if they were available at a federal drugstore at the mere cost of production.

And added to the above is the point of civil justice. Those who suffer from the abuse of drugs have themselves to blame for it. This does not mean that society is absolved from active concern for their plight. It does mean that their plight is subordinate to the plight of those citizens who do not experiment with drugs but whose life, liberty, and property are substantially affected by the illegalization of the drugs sought after by the minority.

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