To the People

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Open Letter to Bill Bennett John Walters

Milton Friedman's 1990 open letter to drug czar Bill Bennett is as timely as ever. It's one of the most eloquent cases against the war on (some) drugs ever. You can read his other anti-drug war tracts, as well as great anti-drug war tracts by Thomas Szasz, in Friedman and Szasz on Liberty and Drugs. A choice excerpt from Friedman's open letter:
Every friend of freedom, and I know you are one, must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence. A country in which shooting down unidentified planes "on suspicion" can be seriously considered as a drug-war tactic is not the kind of United States that either you or I want to hand on to future generations.