Monday, December 14, 2009


We could greatly reduce prison populations--and cut off organized crime and much of terrorist financing--at the knees by decriminalizing drugs for adults. Of course this would require accepting reality--something ideologues rarely can do.

But here's a thought I haven't heard elsewhere: maybe--just maybe--conservatives could countenance this if at the same time all crimes committed under the influence of mind-altering substances (including alcohol) were classified as premeditated, since the perp had to decide to get bombed.

This fits with true conservatism--i.e. leaving up to individuals to decide their own fate, while holding them fully responsible for the consequences of their action on others.

How about it?

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