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

Thursday, June 11, 2009

On Stupidity, Ignorance, Greed and Love of Power.

American political satirist and author P. J. O...Image via Wikipedia

I thoroughly enjoyed the April Centre for Independent Studies 2009 John Bonython lecture by PJ O'Rourke (video online. )
O'Rourke is well known for his combination of conservative economic views and libertarian views on vice such as sex and drugs.[3]

O'Rourke's views on Individual Rights is a clue to lifting the dialog on drug policy.

I am keen to see Maxim Institute advance its position and acknowledge 'free will' market based policy for its 'Adam Smith' efficiency, efficacy and equitably. (law=fist, reason=hand)

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. P. J. O'Rourke

Drugs have taught an entire generation of American kids the metric system. -- P.J. O'Rourke

Blair Anderson ‹(•¿•)›

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  • At 11:11 pm, June 19, 2009, Blogger Blair Anderson said…

    Dear Blair,

    Thanks for your response to last weeks Real Issues.

    PJ O’Rourke is an excellent commentator and always provocative and entertaining to listen to isn’t he. He definitely knows how to get a conversation going between people.

    With regards to your comments, it is true that it is not drugs that cause “stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power,” but I would suggest that certain drugs can definitely have the effect of exacerbating those elements of human behaviour. While we agree that freedom is important, I would suggest that it is also necessary to have checks and balances on a free market system to ensure the freedoms of all are protected from the tyranny of the selfish decisions of a few. The difficulty is working out where such checks and balances are appropriate.

    Once again, thank you for your email, we always appreciate getting feedback on our work.


    Jeremy Vargo


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