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  • 'Demon drug' propaganda doesn't cut it anymore

    05/10/2006 7:31:03 AM PDT · by cryptical · 338 replies · 3,361+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | May 10, 2006 | Froma Harrop
    America's war on drugs is actually a Raid on Taxpayers. The war costs an estimated $70 billion a year to prosecute, and the drugs keep pouring in. But while the War on Drugs may have failed its official mission, it is a great success as a job-creation program. Thousands of drug agents, police, detectives, prosecutors, judges, anti-drug activists, prison guards and their support staffs can thank the program for their daily bread and health benefits. The American people are clearly not ready to decriminalize cocaine, heroine or other hard drugs, but they're well on their way to easing up on...
  • Musings About the War on Drugs

    02/23/2006 7:56:18 AM PST · by JTN · 671 replies · 5,224+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 21, 2006 | GEORGE MELLOAN
    Economist Milton Friedman predicted in Newsweek nearly 34 years ago that Richard Nixon's ambitious "global war against drugs" would be a failure. Much evidence today suggests that he was right. But the war rages on with little mainstream challenge of its basic weapon, prohibition. To be sure, Mr. Friedman wasn't the only critic. William Buckley's National Review declared a decade ago that the U.S. had "lost" the drug war, bolstering its case with testimony from the likes of Joseph D. McNamara, a former police chief in Kansas City, Mo., and San Jose, Calif. But today discussion of the war's depressing...