The most politically encouraging event on the horizon — which is a very bleak one politically — is the possibility of fusion or synthesis of some of the positions of what is to be called left and some of what is to be called libertarian. The critical junction could be, and in some ways already is, the War on Drugs.
The War on Drugs is an attempt by force, by the state, at mass behavior modification. Among other things, it is a denial of medical rights, and certainly a denial of all civil and political rights. It involves a collusion with the most gruesome possible allies in the Third World. It’s very hard for me to say that there’s an issue more important than that at the moment."
The War on Drugs does indeed present the ultimate “liberaltarian” issue. American liberals and libertarians may disagree on the proper role of the state, but I can think of few political issues that unite these two ideologically distinct groups like the perfect storm of horrible policies that comprise drug prohibition.
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