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Milton Friedman's Centenary

LeoNeighn Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 6:57 PM
I'm not a user myself, but what was needed to make drug legalization actually work, was the government NOT spend TAX money on repairing the life of the user who turned to crime or became a useless addict. Is he dying on the street because he used too much ? Ohhh, isn't that too bad.
Joseph64 Wrote: Aug 02, 2012 9:32 AM
Yes and we need greater criminal penalties for those who commit crimes, take lives, or destroy property while under the influence of drugs or to get money to buy drugs. No public safety nets for anyone who chooses to take up a harmful, and potentially dangerous, lifestyle. No Medicaid/Medicare, no welfare, no section 8 housing allowance, no Pell grants, no public assistance of any kind while they are still using. It's their choice to use drugs, so the consequences of that choice are their responsibility, not ours.
Pat1392 Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 7:09 PM
deprogramming services Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 7:09 PM
I agree. Drug legalization has to be done as part of an overall libertarian package. The only way freedom can work is for it to be coupled with responsibility; freedom without responsibility creates chaos, and the chaos leads sheep to demand that government expand its power to protect them from it.

I doubt Milton Friedman was a user either by the way. And neither am I. We just think the nanny state is a very bad idea, and drug laws are a manifestation of it.
If Milton Friedman were alive today -- and there was never a time when he was more needed -- he would be one hundred years old. He was born on July 31, 1912. But Professor Friedman's death at age 94 deprived the nation of one of those rare thinkers who had both genius and common sense.

Most people would not be able to understand the complex economic analysis that won him a Nobel Prize, but people with no knowledge of economics had no trouble understanding his popular books like "Free to Choose" or the TV series of the same...