The Cost of the War on Drugs

Originally posted at FeeTV.

June 17, 2011 marks the 40th Anniversary of Nixons’ War on Drugs. Ever wonder what it costs and if it’s worth it?

“That’s like putting almost everyone in Hawaii and Alaska in prison.”

Sheldon Richman once wrote “For years advocates of free trade in drugs—that is, basic rights to life, liberty, and property for drug consumers, producers, and merchants—have pointed out that prohibition, in addition to being an immoral invasion of liberty by the State, sets in motion a variety of concrete evils that harm innocent people. These evils include the corruption of law enforcement, violent crime, and the expansion of intrusive government. Besides these domestic evils, the U.S. government has alienated farmers in foreign lands by helping to destroy their crops and livelihoods. If that’s not terrorism, nothing is.”

Read more about the War on Drugs:

Drugs, Economics, and Liberty by Walter E. Williams
What the Drug Warriers Have Given Us by Sheldon Richman
The Fiasco of Prohibition by Douglas Rogers
Politics and Prohibition by Donald J. Boudreaux
The Re-legalization of Drugs by Tibor R. Machan & Mark Thornton

  • joebanana

    The war on drugs is treason. Look it up. Article 3 section 3 US Constitution. Really the war on drugs is illegal, unconstitutional, and, a bigger crime than drugs. The US government IS organized crime. Homegrown terrorism is what we’ve got here.

  • Lawrence

    Whenever I hear some blabbermouth advocate of the war on drugs, I already know that they do not consider as human anyone who uses drugs or their rights, so I don’t take that approach to question them. I explain what happened to my 70-year-old grandmother, who died because the drug war created the people who beat her to death. I ask them if her life was worth it. Her life, and the thousands of other people whose lives are ruined so that self-appointed-saviors-of-society can pay themselves to attack people who use drugs. I ask them: “who in your family will you willingly sacrifice on the altar of the drug war so that you can continue to feel important by preventing people from doing things that may harm nobody but themselves?” I once got about 4 seconds of dead air from Roger Hedgecock, a local neo-con radio talk host when I posed that question. Because once you begin to kill people as part of a “human calculus” to determine social policies that are evil, you have entered the arena of the Nazis, the Bolsheviks, and the Inquisition.