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July 19, 2006

War on Drugs is a War on Freedom

by Brad Warbiany

I was listening to Boortz today, and he made the (not original, he admitted) point at the end of his show that we’re not really fighting a “War on Terror”. Terror is a tactic. That would be like saying we’re fighting a “War on Blitzkrieg” or a “War on Mutually Assured Destruction”. It makes no sense. However you define it, we’re fighting a “War on Terrorists”, not a “War on Terror”.

What other faux wars are we fighting? The “War on Drugs” comes to mind. Drugs aren’t our enemy. Drugs aren’t sentient beings out to destroy our culture. Just as we make the point that guns are just a tool, drugs are likewise just a tool. Guns allow you to project force well beyond that level which you could with your bare hands, and drugs allow you to get messed up well beyond that level which you could with your bare mind.

So we’re not really fighting a “War on Drugs”. We’re fighting a “War on Drug-Users, Drug-Producers, and Drug-Dealers”. Again, we’re not fighting some abstract thing such as drugs, we’re fighting PEOPLE.

Granted, (usually) we’re not trying to kill those people. But whether we’re trying to or not, our job is to use force to prohibit people from engaging in commerce and ingesting chemicals. We’re using force to fight voluntary, consensual behavior. Were it not for the violence that follows a black market, it would be peaceful behavior.

Can I call it a “War on Freedom”. Not really. This falls victim to the same problem as calling something a “War on Terror”. It’s really a war on people whose behavior we don’t like. Freedom, however, ends up being collateral damage.

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  1. it’s always good to see that yet another person is catching on to the abomination and tyranny called the “war on drugs.” there is an ever growing number of people and organizations standing up to put an end to it, so i hope you’ll expand your awareness of exactly how out of control it all is and continue to spread the word to others.

    i notice in your post that you wrote “our job is to use force” — are you in law enforcement? if so, then kindly visit this site: — the homepage of “law enforcement against prohibition.”

    and come visit my site: “truth: the Anti-drugwar” at

    Comment by brian bennett — July 20, 2006 @ 5:36 am
  2. Brian, read all the articles in the category “The War on Drugs“. The contributors on this site have long understood what’s going on here.

    Comment by Eric — July 20, 2006 @ 7:37 pm
  3. Brian,

    I’m not in law enforcement. And the section you point out is actually really poorly-worded…

    I shouldn’t have even said “our job is”, I should have written it as “what we’re doing is”. My bad… I was in a bit of a hurry the other day when I posted :-)

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — July 21, 2006 @ 2:11 am
  4. thanks for clearing that up brad. i still hope you’ll visit my site — it is quite a valuable resource. just take a gander at the “sitemap”

    it’s all done by one person.

    Comment by brian bennett — July 21, 2006 @ 5:55 am

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