March 22, 2011

Well-Intentioned Ignorance on a Global Scale

Ain't it funny how a dose of 'hard times' can start to focus the mind on rooting out unproductive and wasteful abuses of power and authority. While not an advocate of the consumption of 'hard drugs' myself (whether of the pharmaceutical or so-called 'illicit' type), my personal beliefs have been arrived at by independent thought and freedom of choice. This personal choice for myself does not and should not entitle me to impose my own belief system by coercive means onto others, even if there are many others who share my beliefs. As the failed prohibition experiment of the early 20th century conclusively showed, approaches that rely on brute force to prevent your fellow man from the pursuit of happiness - as he/she sees fit will always be doomed to failure and rightfully so - no matter how well-intentioned!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 – by Staff Report
War on drugs has failed, say former heads of MI5, CPS and BBC ... The "war on drugs" has failed and should be abandoned in favour of evidence-based policies that treat addiction as a health problem, according to prominent public figures including former heads of MI5 and the Crown Prosecution Service Drug availability and use has increased with up to 250 million people worldwide using narcotics such as cannabis, cocaine and heroin. – UK Telegraph
Dominant Social Theme: This is a terrible war that is not doing anybody any good. We've just figured this out!
Free-Market Analysis: Bankruptcy has a way of concentrating minds, and Britain is near bankruptcy. The pound is not a reserve currency, so British elites cannot print endless amounts of notes secure in the knowledge that the world will be forced to absorb them for energy-purchasing purposes, as the almighty US Fed can. Accordingly, British leaders are suddenly discovering that endless warring of all types – affordable until the Anglo-American monetary system crashed in late 2007 – is increasingly less feasible. Enter a "war on drugs" rethink and a "meme rollback."
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