A month in the life of the drug war

Written by Kurt St. Angelo

A month inrepparttar life ofrepparttar 113454 drug war by Kurt St. Angelo @2005 Libertarian Writers' Bureau

Nearrepparttar 113455 end of my Libertarian campaign for Marion County Prosecutor in Indianapolis in 2002, I noted stories by news partners WTHR-TV Channel 13 (NBC) andrepparttar 113456 Indianapolis Star newspaper that supported my outspoken political position againstrepparttar 113457 war on drugs. There were very few news stories, if any, which did not support my view.

It is my Libertarian view thatrepparttar 113458 drug prohibition policies of Democrats and Republicans are ineffective, wasteful, hypocritical, and destructive. The policies are a leading – if notrepparttar 113459 leading – cause of crime in America, including violent crimes. As odd as this may seem, Americans overwhelmingly vote for policies that actually promote crime. For example ... The first notation I made was on October 31 when WTHR reported that two suspects were arrested for shooting an Anderson, Indiana police officer inrepparttar 113460 hand during an armed robbery of a drug store. The thieves stole tens of thousands of dollars in narcotics including hydrocodone and Oxycontin.

Suspect Jack Lankford, who looked to be in his forties, admitted to being a drug addict since he was 15 or 16. Thatrepparttar 113461 police wanted to know ifrepparttar 113462 two suspects were tied to a string of drug store heists suggests that they recognize a causal relationship between addiction, prohibition and crime that leaders of both major parties have not been willing to admit.

On November 3,repparttar 113463 Star reported that illegal drug exchanges betweenrepparttar 113464 elderly is both common and risky – because such illegal drug users are "out ofrepparttar 113465 loop" of doctor protection. Three days later,repparttar 113466 Star carried an article about how between 1997 and 2000, doctors prescribed medications to adults that potentially caused 3,750 serious injuries, birth defects and deaths in children under 2 years old. Statistically, this makes drug companies and doctors hundreds of times more dangerous to children than, say, marijuana dealers.

On November 4, Steve Johnson of WTHR presented a report about car theft. He interviewed inmate Shawn Jackson who admitted to stealing cars to support a drug habit. "Every time a thief takes a car in our state it drives up every drivers' insurance," Johnson said. Given this, wouldn’t we be smarter to give Jacksonrepparttar 113467 freedom to get drugs cheaply so that he wouldn’t need to steal cars, or as many of them? That’s what we’ve done for decades at methadone treatment centers, withrepparttar 113468 goal of reducing theft.

On November 5,repparttar 113469 Star reported that a woman pleaded guilty to selling her Oxycontin prescriptions. Like heroin and methadone, Oxycontin is an opiate. Some users crushrepparttar 113470 tablet and swallow, snort or injectrepparttar 113471 drug for rapid and intense heroin-like highs. Surely this abuse is not rare inrepparttar 113472 over 7 million OxyContin prescriptions legally filled inrepparttar 113473 U.S. each year.

On November 8,repparttar 113474 Star carried an AP story about seven people charged in drug-weapons plots involving al-Qaida and a Colombian paramilitary group. Without drug prohibition, these groups would get only one-tenthrepparttar 113475 money for their opium and cocaine than they do today. Prohibition isrepparttar 113476 best funding mechanism ever devised for terrorists and drug cartels. Ending it, and allowingrepparttar 113477 free market to addressrepparttar 113478 demand for drugs, isrepparttar 113479 only responsible alternative. On November 13,repparttar 113480 Star reported that a drug dealer received 25 years for his role in importing drugs to this state. (Contrast this with WTHR's report on November 23 about a repeat child-molester named George Vance who recently served only nine months.) Despiterepparttar 113481 success of drug stings,repparttar 113482 police cast doubt on whether they can cutrepparttar 113483 flow of drugs. "Unfortunately, drugs have such a grip that someone else will be (ready to sell them) because there is money to be made," saidrepparttar 113484 article’s quoted expert.

Don't cry for me, Christiana

Written by Kurt St. Angelo

Don't cry for me, Christiana by Kurt St. Angelo @2005 Libertarian Writers' Bureau

One of Indiana's most unique and special places to visit isrepparttar historic community of New Harmony, near Evansville. Prior to 1850, it wasrepparttar 113453 site of two of America's great utopian communities, which had unusual impact on science, industry, architecture and public education.

Harmonie onrepparttar 113454 Wabash was first established in 1814 byrepparttar 113455 Harmony Society, a communitarian separatist group fromrepparttar 113456 German Lutheran Church, led byrepparttar 113457 charismatic George Rapp. In 1825,repparttar 113458 Harmonists soldrepparttar 113459 entire town of 30,000 acres to businessman and social reformer Robert Owen of Scotland, who sought to create a community without social classes and personal wealth. Along with Scottish geologist William Maclure,repparttar 113460 community introduced vocational education, kindergarten and other educational reforms.

In contrast, one of Europe's most unique and special attempts at utopia isrepparttar 113461 free community of Christiana, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since 1971, when Danish hippies squatted inrepparttar 113462 18th century navy fort on abandoned state property and then declared themselves immune fromrepparttar 113463 laws of Denmark, Christiana has been one ofrepparttar 113464 world's great experiments – and success stories – in libertarian self-governance.

Its minimal straightforward approach becomes readily apparent to all lucky visitors. Signs just inside its entrances read in English: No photography or hard drugs allowed.

In Christiana, little is asked of either its small government orrepparttar 113465 big expensive one of Denmark. Christiana is peaceful, sane and self-sustaining. And now, because it is on such valuable property less than two miles from Copenhagen's business center,repparttar 113466 Liberal-Conservative government elected in 2001 is trying to shut it down. Will this happen?

In 1987repparttar 113467 Danish government recognized Christiana as a "social experiment" to be tolerated. Since 1991, its 800-or-so residents have assumed costs for water, electricity and rent torepparttar 113468 defense ministry. They also contribute to paying forrepparttar 113469 community's own postal service, trash collection and children's nurseries.

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