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Thursday, January 15, 2009


A smart, short and at some points silly bloggingheads episode featuring Radley Balko and David Freddoso talking drug war.

A few thoughts:

1) Radley Balko is a very smart, polite and patient guy.

2) Even though Freddoso works for NRO don't forget that National Review's editorial stance is and has been for 25 some odd years, that the drug war needs to end. (Balko and Freddoso recently contributed over at Culture11 and were on bloggingheads discussing those pieces.)

3) It's amazing how otherwise intelligent people like Freddoso become intellectually worthless when discussing an issue like the drug war because they are emotionally attached to the baseline concept that Drugs Are Bad. Talk about not being able to see the forest through the trees.

4) The burden of proof is always on the anti-prohibition side even though the status quo has never worked. Makes winning the debate much harder. I mean this in a macro way, not just an individual debating another individual. It's what makes the whole exercise seem so futile and frustrating and it's why you have to give the up most respect to guys like Radley and Pete for never letting up.

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