I remember some moronic conservative politician suggesting that the government should execute drug-dealers. They wanted to stop the so-called “War on Drugs” by handing out the death sentence to people who sold state unapproved plant extracts! (For the record, I think that recreational drug-use is stupid; however, as the sale or use of any drug is not a violation of anyone’s rights, government’s role in such matters is laissez-faire — to leave them alone.)
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Drugs are good or bad, in how they are used to serve man’s life: the only proper standard of value. For many people, drugs are a way of dulling the consciousness in order to escape reality: a reality too painful to bear. In certain contexts, like open-heart surgery, they are a useful means of blocking intense pain.
Contrary to the popular saying, most of drugs used for this purpose do not “expand the mind”, rather they shrink it. If one wishes to truly expand one’s mind, all one has to do carry out an act of volition and think.
Drugs don’t create addictions in men, rather men create their own addictions — by their own free-will. [Need to insert more about the concept of addiction]
Since the act of taking drugs does not violate the rights of others, no drug is prohibited under capitalism.
The solution to the drug problem is not just political, but is primarily philosophical. It is our view of man and reality and the role of reason we must first address, if we wish to solve the drug problem. This requires an educational solution — and not the creation of irrational drug laws, that criminalize a peaceful activity, creating a black market (anarchist-like) for drugs.
Observe that much of the slime that created our drug laws, are no different then the slime who deal drugs (perhaps those who deal are more honest). In fact the two are partners in a sense, as each needs the other: the power-seeking bureaucrat needs the pusher as an excuse to expand his police state powers; the pusher needs the bureaucrat to outlaw the legal market, creating a “black market” that only his kind can compete in, since if their were no laws making his wares illegal, he would no longer be able to earn a “black market” profit by dealing in them. (The best historical example of this is prohibition of alcohol at the turn of the Twentieth century).
It is important to note that in a capitalist society there would be no ‘black’ market for drugs, since the only kind of market that exists in a capitalist society is a free one.