I posted this article last December, but in view of the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena and the focus there on the failed war on drugs, it seems timely now.


Brother’s keeper? Big Government is no kindly brother; it’s a bully.

Remember the Darwin Awards? They are said to be given posthumously to those whose irresponsible antics prevent them from continuing to pollute the gene pool.

Voluntary users of street drugs seem to be in the running for such awards, yet society tries valiantly but ineffectively to save them from the consequences of their own irresponsibility at costs that sometimes far exceed the minimal benefits — even to them. Freedom to behave stupidly is good, provided that no harm results to others and, concomitantly, that those who behave stupidly aren’t given benefits taken from those who behave responsibly.  The sword of freedom has two edges and if one is to enjoy freedom’s benefits one must accept its responsibilities as well; neither  immunity from freedom’s detriments nor sympathetic understanding should be granted to those who whine about being picked on…

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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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  1. Pingback: War On Drugs Means Big Bucks For Some « This Day – One Day

  2. As you said, I’m a bit dubious about some points but, as I said on a similar post a few days ago, almost anything is better than what we are doing now.

    I do think Clarissa has a point (on the original post) but we got out of Prohibition reasonably unscathed. This is one area where mainstream conservatives are wrong, it is completely acceptable to me if you want to apply for a Darwin award (nice phrase BTW) as long as you don’t expect me to pay for your stupidity.

    As for your foreign commenter, I think that prohibition till 18 or 21 is fine (just like alcohol) by any reasonable standard you are supposed to be mature enough by then to understand that actions have consequenses.

    In short, I agree, as should any right thinking conservative. It’s all about personal responsibility and thus it’s imperative as part of the return to what was.

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