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More Inane Developments in the Drug War

When writing about money laundering laws, I’ll sometimes highlight gross abuses by government and I’ll periodically make the usual libertarian arguments about privacy. But I mostly focus on how the laws simply don’t make sense from a cost-benefit perspective. Anti-money laundering laws and regulations impose large burdens on the private sector, which creates disproportionate hardship […]

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Another Episode of Drug War Lunacy

Elizabeth Barrett Browning started her famous sonnet with “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways” and then proceeded to provide lots of examples If I had similar talent, I would produce a sonnet that began “How is the Drug War a failure? Let me count the ways” because I also could give […]

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The Silly and Harmful Drug War

I’m not a fan of the War on Drugs, even though I’m personally very socially conservative on the use of drugs. Regardless of my individual preferences, I recognize that prohibition gives government the power to trample our rights, that it is borderline (if not over-the-line) racist, and that it leads to horrible injustices. I’d much […]

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An Example of Government Theft and Thuggery, or an Example of Drug War Lunacy?

Politicians and bureaucrats are very creative in their pursuit of bad policy. In some case, I’m not even sure how to classify their actions. When the government squandered $224,000-plus for research on condom sizes, for instance, I thought that story easily could be classified as wasteful spending. But then I discovered the research was related […]

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A New Federal Crime: Train Riding While Black

If I had to pick a government policy that would be most upsetting to our Founding Fathers, I’d be tempted to pick the income tax. Or maybe some useless agency, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development. After all, surely the Founders didn’t envision – or want – today’s Leviathan government in Washington. […]

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Libertarianism and Human Decency

Some people confuse being libertarian with being libertine. I’m sometimes asked, for instance, if I’m a libertarian because I want to smoke pot or do other drugs. I respond that I’ve never done drugs and have no desire to use drugs. Then I’m asked if I’m a libertarian because I want to gamble. I respond […]

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Great Moments in Prohibition and the Drug War

Even though I’m personally a prude on the issue of drugs, that doesn’t stop me from opposing the Drug War, both for moral and practical reasons. After all, how can any sensible and decent person want laws that produce these outrageous results? The DEA trying to confiscate a commercial building because a tenant sold some […]

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Pot Legalization: A Common-Sense Way of Fighting Organized Crime

I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is that politicians have come up with another proposal for an additional tax. The good news is that they can only impose this new tax if they ease up on the silly Drug War. That creates a bit of a quandary if you […] . . . → Read More: Pot Legalization: A Common-Sense Way of Fighting Organized Crime

Law Enforcement Resources Should Be Used to Protect against Real Crimes

I’m a very straight-laced guy. Some would even say boring. I’ve never done drugs, for instance. But not because they’re illegal. I’ve never done drugs for the reason that I’ve never smoked cigarettes. Just doesn’t seem like a smart thing to do. And I encourage friends and family to have the same approach. That being […] . . . → Read More: Law Enforcement Resources Should Be Used to Protect against Real Crimes . . . → Read More: Law Enforcement Resources Should Be Used to Protect against Real Crimes

Some Parts of Government Should Be Shut Down Forever

I realize we’re in the middle of a government shutdown and there’s a debt limit deadline rapidly approaching, but I’m not going to write about fiscal policy today. Instead, I’m going to share a story about evil and stupid government policy. I guess you could say this is part of my why-decent-people-should-be-libertarian series. Previous editions … … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Some Parts of Government Should Be Shut Down Forever . . . → Read More: Some Parts of Government Should Be Shut Down Forever

Even John McCain Is Having Second Thoughts about the Wisdom of Drug Prohibition

What do John Stossel, Mona Charen, Gary Johnson, Pat Robertson, Cory Booker, and Richard Branson all have in common? And lets add voters from the states of Colorado and Washington to this list. So what unites this unusual collection of people? They’ve all expressed doubts about the War on Drugs. And that’s a good thing. […] . . . → Read More: Even John McCain Is Having Second Thoughts about the Wisdom of Drug Prohibition . . . → Read More: Even John McCain Is Having Second Thoughts about the Wisdom of Drug Prohibition

Another Great Moment in the Annals of Absurd Government Law Enforcement

Government officials do some really crazy things in the name of law enforcement. I recently wrote about an armed raid on an animal shelter in order to execute a baby deer. That was paramilitary overkill (pun intended), though it probably didn’t waste as many tax dollars as the regulatory overkill of the year-long sting operation […] . . . → Read More: Another Great Moment in the Annals of Absurd Government Law Enforcement . . . → Read More: Another Great Moment in the Annals of Absurd Government Law Enforcement

Getting High with the Laffer Curve

Two of my favorite things in life are the Laffer Curve and the Georgia Bulldogs. So you know I’m going to approve when an economics professor from the University of Georgia writes a column about the power of the Laffer Curve. And since I’m a libertarian and the specific issue is about curtailing the foolish […] . . . → Read More: Getting High with the Laffer Curve . . . → Read More: Getting High with the Laffer Curve

A Libertarian Quandary: Should Drugs Be Legalized if It Means Bigger Government?

Here’s a new edition of my “you be the judge” series. These are posts designed to explore some of the more challenging aspects of a pro-libertarian philosophy. Today’s example comes from Colorado, which had displayed a libertarian streak on issues ranging from school choice to drug legalization. But the latter issue is the source of […] . . . → Read More: A Libertarian Quandary: Should Drugs Be Legalized if It Means Bigger Government? . . . → Read More: A Libertarian Quandary: Should Drugs Be Legalized if It Means Bigger Government?

Another Great Victory in the Drug War

I’ve shared some very interesting commentary and opinions on the Drug War from folks such as John Stossel, Mona Charen, Gary Johnson, Pat Robertson, Cory Booker, and Richard Branson. And I’ve shared some horror stories about “asset forfeiture,” an odious procedure that allows the government to steal private property without any finding of guilt. The […] . . . → Read More: Another Great Victory in the Drug War . . . → Read More: Another Great Victory in the Drug War