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On What Point Do Prohibitionists and Abolitionists Agree?

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Sun, Sep 25, 2011 - 3:08 am

Question: What’s one point on which both Prohibitionists and Abolitionists agree?
Answer: Drugs should not be in the black market.

Both Prohibitionists and Abolitionists agree that drugs should not be in the black market. Drugs in the black market means everyone with a financial incentive profits profits handsomely. It means pushers are driven to do their best to broaden their marketshare and hope everyone becomes addicted. It means it stays so much easier to get teens to try drugs. It means governmental corruption spreads. It means businesses that launder money continue to harm upright businesses.

The key disagreement between the Prohibitionists and Abolitionists is how to remove drugs from the black market, or at least remove them as much as possible.

Prohibitionists believe in a scorched earth policy.

Abolitionists believe in reestablishing governmental regulations.

Prohibitionists attempt to achieve their delusional “drug free” fantasies by escalating their scorched earth policies.

Abolitionists recognize that we can probably never completely eliminate the black market or the harms drugs can pose, but we can seriously diminish them; and at the same time make societies around the world much safer.

The scorched earth policy of the Prohibitionists can be found detailed throughout this website, and many others:

(Sorry not everything is footnoted, but you know how to use Google, Yahoo, Bing, and the rest don’t you? :-)

The verdict is in, after 100+ years of Prohibition and 40+ years of intensified Drug War, the foul, hateful, unmerciful, evil, murderous. and expensive scorched earth policy of the Prohibitionists has only born fruit of its same kind. And our society, and the whole earth is the worse for it.

Will the most prison-drunk nation [ 1 | 2 ] learn from some of the most death-penalty-drunk nations? Will we learn from alcohol prohibition? Will the prohibitionists repent or will we have to wait for Judgement Day to finally be separated from them?

> Abolitionists recognize that we can probably never completely eliminate the black market or the harms drugs can pose, but we can seriously diminish them; and at the same time make societies around the world much safer.

Well said!

I would even add that dragging this whole situation out is not good. In other words we should end prohibition as quickly and intelligently as possible, less fuss and muss. If the prohibitionists really cared about “the children,” then they would not kick up endless amounts of dust these past 5 or 6 decades (or 11 decades).

As is pointed out at DrugLibrary.org, and in the Consumer Reports book Licit and Illicit Drugs, the biggest lead-ins to more drug use are caused by the prohibitionists and their mouth-pieces in the media!

It is they who will find themselves tossed in the sea with millstones around their necks.

Judge Gray made a list of things he thought prohibitionists and reformers agreed on, I think I posted it, obviously I need to reorganize things. :-)