RE: Legalizing drugs?
There is another angle to the argument, which I think everyone agrees with but doesn't get talked about much and that is our Natural Rights. The entire idea of classical liberalism is that we all are sovereign beings and have the right to pursue our lives as we see fit, as long as we don't impinge on other's natural rights. In principle, there is no authority for government to intervene in what I put in my body (driving high is impinging on someone else's rights). This is why drugs are so common place - how many folks on this forum smoke weed or know someone close to them who does? Why do we make criminals of people for doing these things? It's absurd. Finally the argument that making it legal will increase use doesn't stand up to scrutiny. In Holland, where drugs are legal, pot use by teens is half of what it is in the U.S., a govt official there recently said "We've made pot unexciting."