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Milton Friedman, Robert Higgs, William F. Buckley, Jr.


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"Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence."

-- Milton Friedman

(1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, "ultimate guru of the free-market system"

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Milton.Friedman.Quote.A812

 

 

"Democrats and Republicans alike support the "War on Drugs." Federal, state, and local police make more than a million drug arrests yearly. Drug cases clog the courts. More than 60% of federal prison cells and about 30% of state prison cells hold drug offenders. No-knock drug raiders nullify the Fourth Amendment every day. Yet illicit drugs continue to pour onto the market, and they are readily available throughout the land. Looks like another failed policy. But politicians say more money will win the war. For fiscal 1996, President Clinton has requested a record $14.6 billion for this exercise in futility. State and local government will also spend huge sums. Who benefits? Posturing politicians and puritanical zealots, of course, but also the Drug Enforcement Administration, Customs Service, Coast Guard, FBI, and the rest of the drug warriors. Police love the drug war, because the forfeiture laws it inspired allow them to seize and keep private property with impunity. Corrupt cops get fabulous bribes, and corruption therefore runs rampant."

-- Robert Higgs

(1944- ) American economic historian, economist of the Austrian School

Source: The Myth of “Failed” Policies, THE FREE MARKET, June 1995.

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/Robert.Higgs.Quote.DBA9

 

 

"Now it is one thing to say (I say it) that people shouldn’t consume psychoactive drugs. It is entirely something else to condone marijuana laws, the application of which resulted, in 1995, in the arrest of 588,963 Americans. Why are we so afraid to inform ourselves on the question?"

-- William F. Buckley, Jr.

(1925-2008) American author and journalist, founded 'National Review'

Source: October 21, 1997

http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote_blog/William.F..Buckley.Quote.71B3

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