Tuesday, June 06, 2006

common sense drug policy

LEAP, a group I recently became aware of after reading Pierre Lemieux's column in the latest Western Standard (a worthwhile read for any libertarian, 'case you don't know and you're curious) presents the most logical formal presentation on the problems with the drug policies usually supported by c/Conservatives and how legalization could be a step forward in solving the drug/crime problem here.

It's definitely worth a watch, even if you don't agree.

Click click click. (You know you wanna.)


Kelly J Gessner said...

I'm perplexed. From a cursory look at your blog I gather that you have a genuine belief in personal liberty, yet you associate yourself with Conservatives, who are the biggest impediment to freedom. What gives?

Jesse Gritter said...

"What gives?"

True libertarians aren't socialists. Nor do libertarians believe in expanding the nanny state, as do liberals.

Both conservatives and libertarians believe in reducing the size of government, lowering taxes, the right to own private property, the list goes on.

Well, I'm sure Janet could answer your question better than me.

Kelly J Gessner said...

Well, who doesn't believe in the right to own private property? Conservatives believe in big gov't. for groups and programs they like and small gov't. for groups and programs they don't like. They also favor high taxes to fund the big gov't. programs they like. Saying you believe in something and believing in something are two different things. The war on drugs is high tax, big gov't. with a jackboot to the throat. The Cons are drug warrior hawks. Why associate yourselves with such hypocrisy?

mostlyfree said...

All parties (with the obvious exceptions of the Libertarian and Freedom parties) are impediments to freedom in one way or another. The Liberals and NDP want in on your freedom by implementing bigger government for things like institutionalized child care, social housing, etc., and the Conservatives are more likely to want to infringe in your life in ways like drug policy and moral issues (especially, but not always, social conservatives).

I think that all (major) parties push big government for their own ends, and it's just a matter of choosing which party you believe can leave you the most free and working within that party in ways like participating in the policy process and helping to organize like-minded individuals to help try to move party policy in the direction you want or to support bills that don't necessarily come from your party, such as one dealing with marijuana legalization.

I'm not under the impression that the Conservative Party will ever leave us as free as I'd like, but I believe that through fiscal conservatism and things like stopping the implementation of more nationalized programs (or privatizing existing ones) we can stop big government from creeping further into our lives in what I believe is an important way.

Obviously conservative drug policy bothers me, and I can get pretty pissed off at our policy announcements every now and then. I wasn't a happy girl when Vic Toews was announced Justice Minister. But I get pretty worked up over agricultural subsidies, too, and there isn't a party in the country that's going to get rid of those, (especially if everyone against it quits) so I haven't decided to take my bag and go home just yet. :)