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Scaring the Ghost of El Chapo

Think Freely Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 5:23 AM
I do believe we should legalize stealing too. This will put all thieves out of business immediately. Why just think of the savings in Law Enforcement.... When we cannot control ourselves, we need laws backed by force to control us. The increase in drugs is a result of our turning away from the only source of real self-control and turning inward to a selfishness.
SMyles Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 12:43 PM
Think Freely? lol I guess. But sometimes a little logic never hurts.
Vic156 Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 9:25 AM
your reply is using a scare crow (straw man) what I do to myself is no problem. What I do to others is. This is why pornography (photos at least) is a grey area. If I buy a nude photo I have in essence paid someone to take that photo of someone who may or may not have willingly participated in the act.
malcolmkyle Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 8:00 AM

Not only did Prohibition increase usage but it also exacerbated all other related problems while bootleggers, just like many of our present day drug lords, became rich and powerful folk heroes as a result.

Historically, the prohibition of any mind altering substance has never succeeded in providing what is needed - which is a safer environment for the users, the addicts, their families and society at large; Prohibition always spawns far worse conditions than those it's supporters claim to be able to alleviate.
malcolmkyle Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 7:57 AM
It is extremely disingenuous to compare laws that are obviously there to protect us from each other, such as those pertaining to Pedophilia, Rape and Murder, with laws solely and foolishly designed to protect individuals from themselves, such as prohibition.

While it is true that taking any drug (especially alcohol and tobacco) can sometimes indirectly affect others, this exact same argument was used to implement and painfully prolong alcohol prohibition in the US during the 1920s. Domestic violence, wife battering and child neglect were definitely not curtailed, or even slightly ameliorated during this earlier period of insanity.

Not only did Prohibition increase usage but it also exacerbated all other relat

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