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Drug War Crimes: The Consequences of Prohibition Paperback – March 1, 2004
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"Jeffrey Miron strengthens and enriches the case with his analyses of data from the prohibition era and from other countries" -- Steven B. Duke, professor of law, Yale University
"Legislators and other policy-makers would benefit from his non-politicized, non-moralistic approach; everyone can benefit from reading this important, insightful work." -- Margaret M. Russell, vice president, ACLU
"[T]he standard for judging all else in the field . . . has been needed for a very long time." -- John L. Kane, Jr., senior judge, U.S. District Court
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Miron certainly thinks so. Although the book is nominally objective, Miron's personal opinions on the issue are clear. This is not necessarily a criticism - to paraphrase Howard Zinn's argument in A People's History of the United States, the large body of evidence that has been built up in support of drug prohibition compels a one-sided account in order to balance the scales.
The argument goes like this: abridging the rights of citizens to use drugs is morally questionable in the first place; even if you decide that eliminating drug use is a noble aim of the government, the negative consequences of prohibition outweigh its positives; even if they didn't, outright prohibition is the worst way to go about achieving this goal. So why do we spend $33 billion a year on it?
Many negative effects of drug use are self-evident, such as increased corruption, the spread of infectious disease through the sharing of needles, and the transfer of wealth to criminals. Two questions, however, warrant extended analysis: To what extent does prohibition lower consumption? And what is the effect of prohibition on violence?Read more ›
A good, in depth view of the current issues stemmed from the never ending war on drug. Because we live in Mexico, part of the year, a number of references to the drug cartels felt quite germane. The proposed solutions are debatable, But the statement of facts seems genuine.
The content is probably worth 4 to five stars. But it takes too much effort to go through it, thus the 2 star rating.
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I should start out by saying that I agreed with the author's thesis before I even picked up the book. Read morePublished on February 23, 2010 by Leib Gershon Mitchell
This is a book that every American needs to read. Recreational drug use is a very poor choice because it destroys free will and prevents individuals from being well-adjusted,... Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by Michael J. Jaquish