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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

If Only the Drug War Had a Best-Known Actor Opposing It

Who said this? (Hint: He played a character named "Peter" on an episode of 21 Jump Street.)
I'll agree that drugs are harmful, but we spend $40 billion a year on the drug war and $8 billion a year incarcerating people, 25 percent of whom are in there for drugs. If someone wants to do drugs, as long as it doesn't affect anyone else in a violent manner, as long as he or she isn't corrupting minors or driving under the influence or endangering others, shouldn't a person have that right? I know the drug war is a can't-miss political issue that no one wants to touch. It's the big pink elephant no one wants to talk about. Think of all the other things we could do with the money.

For an interesting perspective on the whole issue, I recommend the book Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, by Peter McWilliams.
Why, it's none other than Brad Pitt, in the October 2006 issue of Esquire. (If it's not on newsstands yet, it will be soon.) The magazine asked Pitt to name fifteen things he thinks everyone should know, and his thoughts on the drug war came in at #1. I'll even forgive him for trying to think of "all the other things" to do with the money, since one of the things we could do is just stop spending it.

Leonardo recently sniffed a hint of Brangelina libertarianism here.