Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Bloomberg: Legalizing Drugs May Destroy Society

"What did you say about the smoking ban, bird? I can't hear you!"New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg explains his current thinking regarding drugs and society, on his most recent radio show. (He was answering a question about medical marijuana; interesting that he immediately transitioned into legalization.) Here's a transcript of his thoughts! "The argument is that the only ways you're ever going to end the drug trades is legalize drugs and take away the profit motive and that to legalize—the corruption funds enormous dislocation of society. Mexico, you know, thousands and tens of thousands of people have been killed in the wars of the government trying to clamp down on the drug dealers. There's no easy answer to any of these things. Nobody really—there are places where they legalized drugs. And then whether it destroyed society or didn't is up to debate, again." In the light of New York City's 50,000 misdemeanor marijuana arrests each year, I would hope for a way more thoughtful and coherent position on this matter.

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dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

When we finally get a new mayor, you guys should have a goodbye party for that eagle image.

deepomega (#1,720)

"Destroying society" = "totally european", right?

SeanP (#4,058)

@deepomega I was pretty agog at this one too. No, Mike, it's really not up for debate whether drug legalization destroyed society anywhere.

Joey Camire (#6,325)

@deepomega Portugal is basically Mad Max without the leather.

KarenUhOh (#19)

He was high.

Wes Day@facebook (#11,598)

Not sure that the title of this article matches the content… He sounds like he's being pretty neutral.

Pandemic Endemic (#3,825)

@Wes Day@facebook It sounds like he's talking out of his ass.

Jim Demintia (#1,815)

As far as I can tell, this pretty much captures the logic of the drug war perfectly.

rrot (#7,827)

"I would hope for a way more thoughtful and coherent position on this matter."

And you'd hope in vain.

Xxxxxx@twitter (#11,606)

He hasn't got a clue.! … I am soooo disappointed in him. Sorry NYC.. Back to business as usual..

Cannabis was peacefully around societies over 7,000 years!!!

As laudable as the attempt to reduce the consumption of any recreational or addictive substance might be, by attempting to reduce temptation, prohibitionists also remove choice and therefore eliminate the possibility of the individual choosing between right and wrong. Instead, the 'right' choice is imposed, thus replacing personal (and civic) virtue with the impossible-to-enforce 'virtue by fiat'.

Prohibitionists often express the belief that the resulting, suffering, mayhem and corruption that their policy engenders is in no way connected to the basic and erroneous mechanism being used, but simply that they haven't been granted sufficient governmental powers (the removal of even more basic individual rights and freedoms) to do their work properly.

It's quite possible, that many of the early Prohibitionists did not intend to kill hundreds of thousands worldwide, or put 1 in 32 Americans under supervision of the correctional system with their ill-thought-out-actions. Nevertheless, it's now reasonably safe to claim, that our Latter-Day Sadomoralist Prison-for-Profit Prohibitionists don't care. They don't care that, historically, the prohibition of any mind altering substance has never succeeded. They don't care that America has the highest percentage of it's citizens incarcerated of any country in the history of the planet. They don't care about spawning far worse conditions than those they claim to be alleviating. These despotic imbeciles are actually quite happy to create as much mayhem as possible. After all, it's what fills their prisons and gets them elected.

Here's what the UK Economist Magazine thinks of us: "Never in the civilised world have so many been locked up for so little"

According to Paul Craig Roberts, a former editor of the Wall Street Journal and former assistant secretary to the treasury under Ronald Reagan, "Police in the US now rival criminals, and exceed terrorists as the greatest threat to the American public."

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