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Monday, May 03, 2004

LEGALIZE IT Looking around his website I coincidentally found this little gem. It's by Alan Duncan, co-author of the must-read Saturn's Children. This is the chapter in which he calls for the legalization of drugs, but which he was forced to withdraw from the paperback edition because by that time he had advanced into the shadow cabinet. But on the web such restrictions luckily don't exist, and you can read and agree with his conclusion that

The eighteenth-century smugglers were defeated in the end by the price mechanism, not the machinery of State repression. The same fate awaits the drug barons and dope dealers, if the State has the courage to admit its own impotence.

And the Tories have the courage to have the argument published in a book one might feel inclined to add.

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