Stossel On Why Modern-Day Prohibition Fails

The interviewer claims “moral authority” but what is so moral about restricting, by force, another person’s right to choose?

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One response to “Stossel On Why Modern-Day Prohibition Fails

  1. Back when the presently illegal drugs were legally available, most addictions occurred because the “cure-all snake oils” being sold did not label what was in them. Then the Food and Drug Act of 1906 was enacted making the snake oil manufacturers tell the people that opium, or morphine, or whatever were in the potions. Addiction rates stabilized and then were declining. Most people don’t want to be drug addicts. Also, there was no criminal justice problem associated with the use of those drugs, but there was, as is the case still today, with the use of alcohol.

    So, if the government had the legitimate power to dictate what is morally right and wrong, where does it end? Remember, in England and in the American Colonies, it was morally right to force people to go to church. It was morally right to imprison women who got pregnant but had no husbands. It was morally right to own slaves.

    Either one is for true liberty and personal freedom, or one is for the government to tell us what we can and cannot do with the property of our bodies and our minds even when our behavior does not violate the rights of others. That’s tyranny no matter how you cloak it.

    And, if “drug” use is immoral, then everyone who drinks alcoholic beverages are immoral. The drug addiction known as alcoholism is the biggest and most harmful drug problem in the United States. And, if prostitution is immoral, then a woman who marries a man to get a house and car and a better life—giving up sex to get those things—is just as immoral as a prostitute.