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Another voice for legalization of drugs

There've been many high profile economists who have come out publicly calling on the US to repeal drug prohibition laws. Today, it's Harvard Economist Jeffrey Miron talking to CNN.com. If you're wondering why so many economists are coming out of the woodwork to talk about prohibition, consider the last time the US faced a depression, one of the big policy changes that went into effect was the abolition of a ...

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College hippie shot in ‘drug raid’

Ryan and I sometimes joke around that as attitudes about drug prohibitionism soften, others harden in a predictable, reactionary way. What isn't funny is when it turns into an overzealous cop who guns down a college kid during a bullshit 'drug bust'. Derek Copp (kind of an ironic name) is usually described by friends as an easy going 'hippie' who is friendly, nonchalant, and most obviously likes to smoke po ...

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Prohibition anniversary goes mostly unnoticed

December 5th is not a special day for most, but it does mark the 75th anniversary of the repeal of the 18th Amendment, which constitutionally prohibited the purchase, manufacture, and distribution of alcohol. The 25th Amendment was created specifically to invalidate it, and serves no other real purpose in the Constitution. The 75 years is more symbolic than anything else, since many states did not ratify th ...

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Dutch prohibition lesson is unlearned

In 2007, a French teenager jumped off a bridge in Amsterdam. Because he was high on hallucinogens, the Dutch government worked diligently to try and reverse their lax policies on drugs, and as now made 'magic mushrooms' illegal. Selling the drug was already illegal, but now growing it for personal use carries serious penalties. I think the move is both ludicrous and a giant waste of time. The Dutch governme ...

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Irish PM doesn’t want to feel rushed into changing abortion law

Since I first blogged about this a few days ago, the death of Savita Halappanavar has caused a lot of understandable outrage in Ireland. It seems her highly avoidable passing has rudely awakened a generation of young people who are shocked their own health could be threatened due to the persistence of religious dogma. Even more shocking, they're about to realize change is impossibly slow, given the ones hol ...

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Atheists need to get more involved in politics

I often write about the need for atheists to get more active and more involved in the political process. This is particularly true in America, as the religious right continues to galvanize its power and is poised to reclaim the House of Representatives. Especially worrisome are the candidates who threaten to take over. Although the media has primarily been obsessed with a woman who claims to have "dabbled" ...

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Can I offer you a peanut, or would you rather Ecstasy?

An interesting editorial from NewScientist.com asking whether or not Ecstasy is safer than peanuts. His answer: hells yes! The amount of deaths due to allergies is much higher than deaths caused as a result of the casual consumption of the drug. Does that mean it isn't dangerous? Well, technically, you could slip and fall and kill yourself while in the shower, but it certainly doesn't mean you shouldn't was ...

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An open letter to Sam Harris

Perhaps I'm not the best person to offer advice on how to deal with trolls. My site gets relatively light traffic, and the people who visit tend to be way too polite, nice, or otherwise supportive. My lack of popularity in a sense has shielded me from the kind of criticism you're reglarly subjected to. Still, I feel I understand why your positions have been so villified, and why you often find yourself outs ...

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On the legalization of prostitution

What are you supposed to do if you are asked to chose between two evils? We like to believe the decisions we make correspond to our morality, but there are often problems which arise in our modern world that have no adequate solution. In these circumstances, we must act pragmatically to ensure the consequences of our actions do not exacerbate an already difficult situation. If we can accept that the choices ...

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