The Classic Libertarian Test

The classic Libertarian test: Are you in favor of legalization of drugs AND guns? As for me, I’m all for recreational cocaine and grenade launchers being sold over the counter at 7-11. Looking at the evidence available on both issues coupled with the fact that the government solution is almost always worse than the original problem, why wouldn’t I be?

Drugs

I’m in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my values system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal.

Dr. Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureate in Economics
Milton Friedman puts forward a compelling case for the legalization of drugs
How should we weigh the moral and utilitarian arguments for and against the war on drugs; in other words, do we need to intensify the war on drugs or is it time to declare a cease fire?

The govt’s solution for drugs is patentably pathetic and I don’t believe in this falsified sense of security the government claims to be able to offer if their restrictions were to become law. Haven’t we wasted enough money combating an endless drug war to fully fund the research leading to the eradication of every known ailment? I am of the opinion that if we spent a fraction of what we devote to the war on drugs towards rehabilitation instead of incarceration, this topic and subsequent discussion would be moot. If my seemingly utopian dream world were ever to become our reality, I suspect we’d start to actually address the underlying issues instead of the West’s mantra of ignoring the root cause (of damn near everything) and instead masking the source by treating the symptoms.

What are the root causes? That’s a multi-faceted answer but to start, one of the greatest causes in my opinion is the ever-powerful demon otherwise known as addiction. Then there’s children being raised in broken homes which doesn’t help… and the drug war only perpetuates the cycle. In my experience, I believe the majority of drug users are only interested in using drugs in the first place as a means to escape reality. Is that really a bad thing? We do live in a world where millions die every year to causes with known solutions, but for a long list of reasons, they were unavailable. It’s 2020 and humanity has still not evolved past believing actions such as wars are a means to a solution. “They” say humans are superior to other animals based on our supreme intelligence… really? How intelligent are we really if we still think blowing someone the smithereens is a means to an end despite the action of war being around since the beginning and by taking a larger view, you start to question what’s been accomplished.

The only people who has benefited from locking up the heroin addict, or any addict for that matter, are the shareholders of the prison system. Making it profitable to restrict one’s freedoms is a logic that I believe we can all agree is flawed from the start. If you incentivize someone to restrict another’s freedom, wouldn’t they be more inclined to do it? No matter how you slice it, the reality is there is far too much evidence that the drug war has created a police state that is far more dangerous than the drugs themselves.

Chart showing drug war enforcement spending | Rehabs.com
Lost productivity and health costs due to drug use | Rehabs.com
Total number of arrests related to drug use and possession | Rehabs.com

10 Numbers that Detail America’s Drug War Costs

new report, from Rehabs.com, breaks down the surprising costs of fighting the drug war. We pulled a handful of the most interesting statistics. Let’s take a quick look at 10 numbers that detail America’s drug war costs. Fact No. 8 shows how much each inmate costs taxpayers. (source)

Ramathorn from Super Troopers, a key player in the War on Drugs | Fox Searchlight
Frank Reynolds, portrayed by Danny DeVito, lights cash on fire in an episode of FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia | FX
  1. Drug control spending since 2008: $213,489,400,000
  2. That’s worth nearly 23 million years of college tuition
  3. …Or 5.7 million full-ride scholarships
  4. Drug enforcement spending has doubled since 2009
  5. Drug use costs us more than $6,000 per second
  6. We significantly underfund the judicial system
  7. Arrests for drugs are increasingly high (we arrest more people for drug offenses than for anything else)
  8. Each inmate costs taxpayers significantly: $30,619.85/inmate X $95,800 federal prisoners with drug related offenses = $29,333,820,000/yr
  9. That money could pay the electric bills of 222 million Americans
  10. 7.7 million Americans report substance abuse issues

Firearms

On April 3rd, 2018, resident Mark Robinson gave an impassioned speech at the Greensboro, NC, city council meeting in support of the Second Amendment. This speech is the best four minutes you’ll ever watch about how important gun rights are to the majority of American citizens.
Eric July, the libertarian rapper drops some truth about gun rights.

As far as guns, instead of debating what a federal firearm restriction would look like, why don’t we try whatever legislation they have in mind in a highly populated urban area, say Chicago, and see how it goes before we pretend their needs to be anything on a national scale?

The record indicates 99.9% of firearm owners are law-abiding citizens who couse no harm to others. As far as the research that is available, there are far more dangerous things which can cause me harm than some psycho with a firearm. Yet in the event I do encounter such a psycho, the evidence is clear the end of a mass shooting is only determined by the arrival of another firearm.

Conclusion

Like all things govt, especially when they attempt to dictate morals, they fail miserably. So if you want to be gay, smoke crack, and shoot AR-15’s in your backyard, go for it so long as no other being is physically harmed.

I believe in freedom without following it up with a “but”. I resonate with the Libertarian party’s motto: Minimum Government & Maximum Freedom.

More Resources

Learn more about the Libertarian party’s positions, check out the 2018 Platform. For a Libertarian-leaning perspective on trending news, check out Reason Magazine. See their articles tagged Drug War.

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