Roger Simon: As Libertarian as Henry Anslinger
Bill Quick

Roger L. Simon » Legal Weed? Governor Moonbeam Grows Up

I hate to say so because I’ll lose my libertarian ID card and be banned forever from the pages of Reason magazine, but the brother is correct. Take it from me because I have been one: Potheads are blockheads. You can choose to be one if you wish, but you’re not doing you, or anybody close to you, any favors.

So you’re a self-admitted blockhead, eh, Roger?  Why, then, should we pay any attention to your support of using state force to ban private use of substances arbitrarily chosen by the state for proscription?

You should lose your libertarian ID card.  They’re only supposed to be issued to actual, you know, libertarians.  Not fair-weather statists engaging in private self-deception and public pretense in the War on Some Drugs.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Roger Simon: As Libertarian as Henry Anslinger — 3 Comments

  1. I thought one of the consequences of the libertarian credo was that people are allowed to find hell in their own fashion. Maybe there’s a “for their own good” codecil that I missed in the footnotes.

  2. A former drug user could be a convincing advocate for the dangers of drug use and the need for prohibition by criminal laws.

    All he has to do is voluntarily submit to the current punishment for his past drug use. A few years in prison would support his moral position and recommendations.