The war on drugs is a costly game of cops and robbers.
Actually, no. Robbers are people who steal something; they by definition harm someone else, because the property they take isn’t theirs.
Drugs, standing alone, do not take anything from anyone who isn’t a willing participant. The gang-banger shootouts are not occurring due to the drugs, they happen due to the drug laws, which force those that want to deal in these substances to find illegal alternatives to dispute resolution — since you obviously can’t sue someone who screws you in a drug deal.
What’s worse is that legal prohibitions lead directly to monopolist profits — a lesson we all ought to have in the forefront of our minds right now with Obamacare. Those of you who thought you were going to get something for nothing have just been whacked upside the head by a Clue-By-Four, exactly as I predicted in 2009.
It is only because there is no free market in surgery, diagnostics, devices and pharmaceuticals — monopolist pricing and practices are enforced through legal prohibitions against re-importation (or just straight importation) without permission from the Federal Government, along with CON laws and similar crap — that you are now discovering the truth about Obamacare. Those of you who used to have difficult-to-afford but affordable coverage that would likely bankrupt you anyway if you got really sick now have more difficult to afford (or flatly-unaffordable) coverage that will still bankrupt you if you get sick.
The comparison could not be more-clear — and the medical industry and insurance business loves the changes that Obamacare brings for them. Just look at the stock prices for these companies — all the evidence you need is right there.
The only difference between marijuana dealers and the entire health care industry is who is wielding the gun that is shoved up your nose to force compliance and whether you have a choice.
At least with the “illegal” drug dealer you can choose not to use the drugs!
One illicit business is shut down, and a dozen more spring up. Instead of chasing after the administrators of online marketplaces, the authorities should check out the business model with a view to drug decriminalization. A rating system for buyers and sellers, similar to that operating on eBay, and the sterile, anonymous way in which goods and money change hands, would serve nicely to bring down street crime and the use of contaminated substances. One could argue that the availability of highly addictive, dangerous drugs would increase if sites such as Silk Road were allowed to operate, yet it is a fact of life that these substances are readily available anyway, only without any kind of quality assurance system and often in dangerous settings.
But more to the point is the monopolist profit that is garnered from the government shoving a gun up your nose — whether the product or service in question is marijuana, an MRI or open-heart surgery.
Are you waking up yet America?
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