Pubdate: Thu, 05 Jun 2003
Source: Iowa State Daily (IA Edu)
Copyright: 2003, Iowa State Daily
Author: Ryan Reed


I have to take issue with a point you made about the libertarian ideal as 
it relates to drugs: "Many drug abusers take drugs, then drive, rob, or 

This implies that the violence surrounding drugs in our country is mostly a 
result of the drugs' effects and not of the laws surrounding them.

When is the last time you heard about a 14-year-old kid getting killed 
while two rival cigarette pushers had a dispute? Or the "Jim Beam" cartel 
bribing judges or police officers?

Simple. These substances are legal and therefore competition keeps prices 
at a reasonable level where users don't have to rob anyone to obtain them 
and sellers have access to courts to settle disputes.

The example of prohibition in the 1920s and 1930s seems to be lost on most 

The reality is that when alcohol was banned, organized crime was out of 
control. Now that it is legal we don't see the same violence.

When pitting these theories against each other, just look at what resulted 
when these theories were tried.

Nazi totalitarianism, where government controlled people's lives, failed. 
Soviet communism folded.

But a group opposing British taxes and writing a constitution limiting 
government turned into the most powerful and free nation in the history of 
the world.

That's reality.

Ryan Reed