Tagged: war on drugs

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Meanwhile at Forbes…

1) I ask whether a faster SWAT response would have saved lives, and suggest that better trained and more effectively deployed SWAT teams is a better response to this tragedy than more invasive government....

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Cutting Jobs Instead of Bombs

I don’t understand our political leaders. They’re so interested in cutting spending on healthcare and retirement – even the Democratic president is eager to start hacking away at entitlements – yet almost none of...

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Libertarianism & Power

Freddie reads this post by Nick Gillespie on the arrest of a Reason reporter at a D.C. taxi public forum and writes: In a poor, majority-black city with a long history of drugs, crime,...

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Is greed the real villain in the war on drugs?

I have a piece up at Forbes patiently explaining the difference between black markets and free markets and why the drug war cannot be laid at the feet of greedy capitalists. It’s a response...

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Should we ban roses because they give us pleasure?

Via Andrew, here’s TPM’s Josh Marshall: I just don’t know if I think marijuana should be legalized at all. Maybe it’s that I’m getting into my 40s. And maybe I’m a hypocrite… But do...

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National Review and Prop 19

Here’s an odd statement from Andrew Sullivan: A search for a single mention of Prop 19 in today’s National Review found only this measured piece by Reihan, one of our most illustrious Dish alums....

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Conrad Black on the War on Drugs (and Rupert Murdoch)

Writing at National Review, Conrad Black has many disparaging things to say about the War on Drugs and about the prohibition of marijuana specifically. For example: For blacks, the chances of being arrested and...

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Prop 19

Writing over at The Corner, Kevin Williamson points to the No on Proposition 19 campaign’s website, which has the following statement beneath the picture of a smashed up school bus: On average, a drunk...

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What Tyranny Looks and Sounds Like

This video, and in particular the audio, needs to be distributed far and wide.  It should be on every evening news broadcast tonight.  It depicts what real, actual tyranny looks like, and how it...

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Gary Johnson 2012

On Twitter today, Roger Ebert said of Gary Johnson: “The part I don’t understand: Why is this man a Republican?” A better question is – why isn’t the Republican Party more like Gary Johnson?...

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Against sin taxes and soft prohibition

"An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger, or a beer." ~ Confucius Matt Yglesias and Mark Kleiman both think that taxing beer at much higher rates is a good idea....

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Franchising the Heroin Industry

Here’s an amazing testament to the power of creative capitalism/a disturbing portrait of a burgeoning illegal drug trade.

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Mother Jones and the War on Drugs

Mother Jones has a series of articles on the doomed-from-the-start War on Drugs well worth checking out.  Oh, and you can take the quiz, too!  See how much you know!  (I missed two questions…)...

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A Quote for the Afternoon

Via Brad Warbiany at the Liberty Papers. Doug Bandow,David Rittgers, Cato@Liberty: As I have said before, the quickest way to create an insurgent is to burn a man’s livelihood. This may be a competent counternarcotics...

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Equal Protection Under the Laws: The Libertarian Ideal

Thanks to John, I am pointed to these two rather strange arguments in favor of the Drug War and against libertarian use of statistics on race against the Drug War from Jonah Goldberg.  John...

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