Every so often, Libertarians make sense. Even while they are saying things that many people think crazy. Take this column by John Stossel...
Stossel is a good writer. He gets his point across simply and clearly. I envy him because I cannot do that. I am often misunderstood. And when I try to explain, I just get further misunderstood.
The subject of the column is drug prohibition. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this. As I am sure most of us do. Especially those of us who were in our teens and 20's in the 60's. I thought, back then, that legalization of marijuana was just around the corner. And, even though I smoked it, I thought that would be a bad idea. Of course, I had financial reasons for my position. Legalize something pleasurable and the government will tax it until only the wealthy can afford it. Now, I (and I am sure many others) feel a bit hypocritical being opposed to legalization.
So I have come down on the side of decriminalization. The arguments for this are strong, logical, and compelling.
But Stossel is not just talking about weed. He is advocating all proscribed drugs be made legal. And his argument is a good one... with examples and data backing it... and it's persuasive. I am not ready to jump on that bandwagon. It seems a very risky thing to do.
But I could probably be convinced.
Here's a blast from the past... click on the link, for some reason they won't let me embed this clip.