Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Friday, October 13, 2006

Ideological intelligence is no match for natural stupidity

Ideological intelligence is no match for natural stupidity, says Marc Alexander in his latest "Scoop" missive on Health and Political Correctness.
An extract below would suggest he is almost getting it....
There is no logic here, simply a self-denigrating attempt to absolve ourselves of all responsibility. It's always easy to find some advocates willing to blame the system, culture or government. The interesting thing is that these same advocates earn their keep by the very problems they identify and, in the worst cases, end up encouraging. That's why there is a never-failing chorus calling for more money to stem the rising 'social problems'.

  Why, if more money is the answer, have the troubles simply escalated?  We have pumped billions of dollars into ridding us of these social problems to no avail. While individual anecdotal cases can show marked improvements as an effect of these interventions, the overall picture is bleaker than ever.   I suspect this is because in most cases, despite specific and sporadic successes, there is an over-arching paradigm of learned helplessness. That is, regardless of the stated motives to ameliorate social deficits, many of these programs simply sustain bad lifestyle choices. Not only do we validate such lifestyles with government funding but we also create fertile ground for its continued growth.  What you pay for, you get more of.

  There are no easy answers. Real progress must start by accepting personal liability for what we individually do. If there are parts of our culture that hold us back then we have to confront that rather than validate an expedient excuse.

So where does Drug Policy fit Marc?

Blair Anderson
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