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“Keep Your Laws Off of My Body!”

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Here’s a letter to the Los Angeles Times:

Former GOP legislator Chris Norby rightly criticizes the hypocrisy of conservatives who, with one breath, decry the nanny state and then, with their next breath, endorse the so-called “war on drugs” (Letters [2], Sept. 11).  As Mr. Norby says, “Those who support individual freedom should oppose locking up adults for nonviolent behavior.”

Or as Milton Friedman explained in an interview not long before he died, “I don’t think the state has any more right to tell me what to put into my mouth than it has to tell me what can come out of my mouth.”*

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
and
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA  22030

* See especially starting around the 1-minute, 27-second mark:

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