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Have We Lost the Drug Wars?

willis9 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 1:37 PM
There never was a war on drugs except as political posture. Open borders has been government policy since the end of Eisenhower's term, and most of our drugs came across our borders with the illegal aliens. Internally our drug companies have continued a an advertising of better living through drugs and not distinguishing between disease fighting drugs and psychoactive drugs that often caused more serious problems than the condition they were touted for.
johnm h Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 1:57 PM
Actually drugs came through our borders in every way and form traffickers could think of, and there is no limit to the ways a malleable powder that enjoys 10000% profit from one side of the border to the other, can enter. We could stop all illegal migrations and it would have no effect on the domestic prices of cocaine and heroin. Our anti drug war keeps the prices high, profits robust and both traffickers and warriors well remunerated.
Forty-odd (exceedingly odd, I might add) years ago, who would have envisioned a national war against drugs? Nobody took drugs -- nobody you knew, nobody but jazz musicians and funny foreign folk. Then, after a while, it came to seem that everybody did. Drugs became a new front in the war on an old social culture that was taking hard licks aplenty in those days.

I still don't understand why people take drugs. Can't they just pour themselves a nice shot of bourbon? On the other hand, as Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy argue, in a lucid...