Intrepid libertarian Radley Balko wrote a new must-read piece on Culture 11 on the catastrophically misguided “War on Drugs”.

This has always been a pet issue of mine, even though I know the Puritanical Insanity that ever-grips this country will probably never brook anything even remotely close to full decriminalization or legalization.

Simply put, my two main points on the topic are: (1) waging a “war” on drugs causes far more suffering than it is designed to combat; and (2) the struggle is futile and wastes billions of dollars and countless human lives.

I highly recommend reading the article. Money quote:

Even if the drug war were working—even if all the horrible things the federal government says are caused by illicit drugs were accurate (and some of them admittedly are), and even if the war on drugs were proving successful in eradicating or even significantly diminishing our access to those drugs—you’d have a difficult time arguing that the benefits would be worth the costs.

But the kicker is, of course, that it isn’t working. Much of the federal government claims about the evils associated with illicit drugs are either exaggerated or misapplied effects not of the drugs, but of the government’s prohibition of them.

More to the point, none of this is working even taking drug war advocates’ positions at face value. It is as easy to achieve an illegal high today as it was in 1981, as it was in 1971, as it was in 1915. The vast majority of you reading this either know where to get a bag of marijuana, or know someone who knows where to get one. Specific drugs come in and out of vogue, but the desire to alter one’s consciousness, to escape life’s drab monotonies, or just to call in a different mindset is as strong and pervasive as it’s ever been, going back to the stone age. It’s also just as easy to fulfill.

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Intrepid libertarian Radley Balko wrote a new must-read piece on Culture 11 on the catastrophically misguided “War on Drugs”.

This has always been a pet issue of mine, even though I know the Puritanical Insanity that ever-grips this country will probably never brook anything even remotely close to full decriminalization or legalization.

Simply put, my two main points on the topic are: (1) waging a “war” on drugs causes far more suffering than it is designed to combat; and (2) the struggle is futile and wastes billions of dollars and countless human lives.

I highly recommend reading the article. Money quote:

Even if the drug war were working—even if all the horrible things the federal government says are caused by illicit drugs were accurate (and some of them admittedly are), and even if the war on drugs were proving successful in eradicating or even significantly diminishing our access to those drugs—you’d have a difficult time arguing that the benefits would be worth the costs.

But the kicker is, of course, that it isn’t working. Much of the federal government claims about the evils associated with illicit drugs are either exaggerated or misapplied effects not of the drugs, but of the government’s prohibition of them.

More to the point, none of this is working even taking drug war advocates’ positions at face value. It is as easy to achieve an illegal high today as it was in 1981, as it was in 1971, as it was in 1915. The vast majority of you reading this either know where to get a bag of marijuana, or know someone who knows where to get one. Specific drugs come in and out of vogue, but the desire to alter one’s consciousness, to escape life’s drab monotonies, or just to call in a different mindset is as strong and pervasive as it’s ever been, going back to the stone age. It’s also just as easy to fulfill.

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Intrepid libertarian Radley Balko wrote a new must-read piece on Culture 11 on the catastrophically misguided “War on Drugs”.

This has always been a pet issue of mine, even though I know the Puritanical Insanity that ever-grips this country will probably never brook anything even remotely close to full decriminalization or legalization.

Simply put, my two main points on the topic are: (1) waging a “war” on drugs causes far more suffering than it is designed to combat; and (2) the struggle is futile and wastes billions of dollars and countless human lives.

I highly recommend reading the article. Money quote:

Even if the drug war were working—even if all the horrible things the federal government says are caused by illicit drugs were accurate (and some of them admittedly are), and even if the war on drugs were proving successful in eradicating or even significantly diminishing our access to those drugs—you’d have a difficult time arguing that the benefits would be worth the costs.

But the kicker is, of course, that it isn’t working. Much of the federal government claims about the evils associated with illicit drugs are either exaggerated or misapplied effects not of the drugs, but of the government’s prohibition of them.

More to the point, none of this is working even taking drug war advocates’ positions at face value. It is as easy to achieve an illegal high today as it was in 1981, as it was in 1971, as it was in 1915. The vast majority of you reading this either know where to get a bag of marijuana, or know someone who knows where to get one. Specific drugs come in and out of vogue, but the desire to alter one’s consciousness, to escape life’s drab monotonies, or just to call in a different mindset is as strong and pervasive as it’s ever been, going back to the stone age. It’s also just as easy to fulfill.

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Intrepid libertarian Radley Balko wrote a new must-read piece on Culture 11 on the catastrophically misguided “War on Drugs”.

This has always been a pet issue of mine, even though I know the Puritanical Insanity that ever-grips this country will probably never brook anything even remotely close to full decriminalization or legalization.

Simply put, my two main points on the topic are: (1) waging a “war” on drugs causes far more suffering than it is designed to combat; and (2) the struggle is futile and wastes billions of dollars and countless human lives.

I highly recommend reading the article. Money quote:

Even if the drug war were working—even if all the horrible things the federal government says are caused by illicit drugs were accurate (and some of them admittedly are), and even if the war on drugs were proving successful in eradicating or even significantly diminishing our access to those drugs—you’d have a difficult time arguing that the benefits would be worth the costs.

But the kicker is, of course, that it isn’t working. Much of the federal government claims about the evils associated with illicit drugs are either exaggerated or misapplied effects not of the drugs, but of the government’s prohibition of them.

More to the point, none of this is working even taking drug war advocates’ positions at face value. It is as easy to achieve an illegal high today as it was in 1981, as it was in 1971, as it was in 1915. The vast majority of you reading this either know where to get a bag of marijuana, or know someone who knows where to get one. Specific drugs come in and out of vogue, but the desire to alter one’s consciousness, to escape life’s drab monotonies, or just to call in a different mindset is as strong and pervasive as it’s ever been, going back to the stone age. It’s also just as easy to fulfill.

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Intrepid libertarian Radley Balko wrote a new must-read piece on Culture 11 on the catastrophically misguided “War on Drugs”.

This has always been a pet issue of mine, even though I know the Puritanical Insanity that ever-grips this country will probably never brook anything even remotely close to full decriminalization or legalization.

Simply put, my two main points on the topic are: (1) waging a “war” on drugs causes far more suffering than it is designed to combat; and (2) the struggle is futile and wastes billions of dollars and countless human lives.

I highly recommend reading the article. Money quote:

Even if the drug war were working—even if all the horrible things the federal government says are caused by illicit drugs were accurate (and some of them admittedly are), and even if the war on drugs were proving successful in eradicating or even significantly diminishing our access to those drugs—you’d have a difficult time arguing that the benefits would be worth the costs.

But the kicker is, of course, that it isn’t working. Much of the federal government claims about the evils associated with illicit drugs are either exaggerated or misapplied effects not of the drugs, but of the government’s prohibition of them.

More to the point, none of this is working even taking drug war advocates’ positions at face value. It is as easy to achieve an illegal high today as it was in 1981, as it was in 1971, as it was in 1915. The vast majority of you reading this either know where to get a bag of marijuana, or know someone who knows where to get one. Specific drugs come in and out of vogue, but the desire to alter one’s consciousness, to escape life’s drab monotonies, or just to call in a different mindset is as strong and pervasive as it’s ever been, going back to the stone age. It’s also just as easy to fulfill.

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Intrepid libertarian Radley Balko wrote a new must-read piece on Culture 11 on the catastrophically misguided “War on Drugs”.

This has always been a pet issue of mine, even though I know the Puritanical Insanity that ever-grips this country will probably never brook anything even remotely close to full decriminalization or legalization.

Simply put, my two main points on the topic are: (1) waging a “war” on drugs causes far more suffering than it is designed to combat; and (2) the struggle is futile and wastes billions of dollars and countless human lives.

I highly recommend reading the article. Money quote:

Even if the drug war were working—even if all the horrible things the federal government says are caused by illicit drugs were accurate (and some of them admittedly are), and even if the war on drugs were proving successful in eradicating or even significantly diminishing our access to those drugs—you’d have a difficult time arguing that the benefits would be worth the costs.

But the kicker is, of course, that it isn’t working. Much of the federal government claims about the evils associated with illicit drugs are either exaggerated or misapplied effects not of the drugs, but of the government’s prohibition of them.

More to the point, none of this is working even taking drug war advocates’ positions at face value. It is as easy to achieve an illegal high today as it was in 1981, as it was in 1971, as it was in 1915. The vast majority of you reading this either know where to get a bag of marijuana, or know someone who knows where to get one. Specific drugs come in and out of vogue, but the desire to alter one’s consciousness, to escape life’s drab monotonies, or just to call in a different mindset is as strong and pervasive as it’s ever been, going back to the stone age. It’s also just as easy to fulfill.

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Intrepid libertarian Radley Balko wrote a new must-read piece on Culture 11 on the catastrophically misguided “War on Drugs”.

This has always been a pet issue of mine, even though I know the Puritanical Insanity that ever-grips this country will probably never brook anything even remotely close to full decriminalization or legalization.

Simply put, my two main points on the topic are: (1) waging a “war” on drugs causes far more suffering than it is designed to combat; and (2) the struggle is futile and wastes billions of dollars and countless human lives.

I highly recommend reading the article. Money quote:

Even if the drug war were working—even if all the horrible things the federal government says are caused by illicit drugs were accurate (and some of them admittedly are), and even if the war on drugs were proving successful in eradicating or even significantly diminishing our access to those drugs—you’d have a difficult time arguing that the benefits would be worth the costs.

But the kicker is, of course, that it isn’t working. Much of the federal government claims about the evils associated with illicit drugs are either exaggerated or misapplied effects not of the drugs, but of the government’s prohibition of them.

More to the point, none of this is working even taking drug war advocates’ positions at face value. It is as easy to achieve an illegal high today as it was in 1981, as it was in 1971, as it was in 1915. The vast majority of you reading this either know where to get a bag of marijuana, or know someone who knows where to get one. Specific drugs come in and out of vogue, but the desire to alter one’s consciousness, to escape life’s drab monotonies, or just to call in a different mindset is as strong and pervasive as it’s ever been, going back to the stone age. It’s also just as easy to fulfill.

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Just another example of following Christ’s loving, compassionate message:

A group of 43 Alaska Natives who say they were sexually abused by Catholic priests and church volunteers have sued the Jesuit order, alleging that remote Alaska villages became a worldwide dumping ground for clergy with histories of abuse…

The new suit contends that pedophile priests unsuited to serve anywhere else were dumped on Alaska and put in remote villages with little or no law enforcement, making it virtually impossible for anyone to report them. There was a calculated effort at the highest levels of the Jesuit order to “‘dump’ these ‘problem priests’ in a location in which the priests could avoid detection and continued to sexually abuse countless Native children,” the suit says.

Problem priests from seven Jesuit provinces in the United States as well as four other countries ended up in the rural villages, mostly in Western Alaska, Wall said. “They were specifically targeting the Athabascan and the Yup’ik cultures, because they wouldn’t talk,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

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