Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 29

Christianity and Libertarianism and the Consent of the Governed

This is why I led off with the John Adams quote. ‘Moral and religious people’ will continue to be ‘moral and religious’ whatever freedoms or restrictions are placed on them by the government. I might say: “Libertarianism was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the [government] of any other.” There are any number of forms of government that can work with a ‘moral and religious people.’ For an amoral or immoral or anti-moral or non-religious or anti-religious people, no kind of government is going to work for the long haul.

Jul 14

EU failing on all fronts

by Don Hank If the latest report by Debkafile is true, then the Libyan war is unofficially over, Obama has made Russia the peacemaker, and NATO has ended its air strikes. A reasonable layperson’s analysis of this report might be this: The EU has overextended itself politically, economically and militarily. 1–Politically: It has always been …

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Jul 10

Decriminalization of drugs in Portugal

Decriminalization of drugs in Portugal by Manuel Pinto Coelho  I have seen the national, and particularly the foreign, press trumpet with strange insistence, on the eve of electoral processes in Portugal, the “resounding success” of the decriminalization of drugs initiated in 2001 by the Socialist government, — ignored by all other European countries and to …

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Jul 09

My email to the Cato Institute re. Cato study on “Portugal model”

The following email went out to several Cato Institute fellows and other associates at these addresses: mcannon@cato.org ; jgokhale@cato.org ; mtanner@cato.org;  ishapiro@cato.org; cpreble@cato.org; rbarnett@gmail.com; tdehaven@cato.org; The first 4 are listed as experts in either medicine or insurance. I figured they would be interested in what the medical doctors in Portugal are saying about the Cato study …

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Jul 07

Moral Keynesianism and the war on drugs

The government is waging a war on you, not on drugs Don Hank First, if you have an opinion on the legalization of narcotics, let us know at the link below (but please make sure you have read the associated articles on this, and note in particular the article — the first in the Anglo-Saxon world — showing that …

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Jul 06

Arguments in favor of drug legalization and analysis of them

The following are some of the main arguments in favor of drug legalization and/or decriminalization, followed by my debunking: 1–The fact that narcotic drug decriminalization has been tried successfully in Portugal is proof that this works. That’s what you once said about Holland. Remember the story of the boy who cried ‘wolf.’ It was successful …

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Jul 06

Ideology bound libertarians look a lot like leftists

Ideology-bound Libertarians look suspiciously like leftists   Don Hank   Mark Thornton, writing for the libertarian Mises Daily, points out that “drug reform” is a hot issue. By drug reform, he means decriminalization or legalization of drug use. He writes: “Political candidates, politicians, former presidents, interest groups, and even the Global Commission on Drug Policy …

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Jul 06

Further proof of higher drug use since decriminalization in Portugal

More proof of higher drug use in Portugal   Don Hank  In the previous article, one of my readers questioned the translated excerpt from the article by Manuel Pinto Coelho in the Portuguese medical journal Saude. He pointed out that when drugs are first legalized, people who once were afraid to report their drug use were …

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Jul 03

Cato’s Portugal drug study based on false/distorted government data?

Don Hank The libertarian Cato Institute recently ran a study of the drug situation in Portugal, which legalized drugs de facto in 2001. It published some figures showing how deaths among drug users and some other parameters went down, apparently signaling positive results for the legalization experiment. Scientific American published details on this study and …

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