Waging War on the 'War on Drugs'

by Don Boudreaux on June 21, 2009

in Crime

Here's a letter that I sent a few days ago to the New York Times:

It's heartening that so many of your readers support drug legalization
(Letters, June 18).  As they, and columnist Nicholas Kristof, point
out, there are indeed many practical reasons to end the cruel and
futile 'war on drugs.'  But there's also an ethical reason to do so:
each adult owns his or her life and only his or her own life.  It's
none of my business what you ingest.  Nor is it the business of my
neighbor or of my co-workers.  This fact does not change if my
neighbor, co-workers, and I form a coalition and vote to govern your

A society truly free tolerates all peaceful actions, from the sublime through the self-destructive.

Donald J. Boudreaux


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