Libertarian Candidate, Barr, Says War On Drugs Is A Failure

Libertarian Presidential candidate Bob Barr recently wrote about the war on drugs for the Huffington Post, saying "when government attempts to solve our societal problems, it tends to create even more of them, often increasing the size and depth of the original problem. A perfect example of this is the federal War on Drugs."

He continued, saying that he could argue that America’s drug problem is larger today than it was when Richard Nixon first coined the phrase, “War on Drugs,” in 1972.

He provided an example of a free-market solution:

While it is clear the War on Drugs has been a failure, it is not enough to simply acknowledge that reality. We need to look for solutions that deal with the drug problem without costly and intrusive government agencies, and instead allow for private industry and organizations to put forward solutions that address the real problems.

Barr served as a four-term Republican Congressman from Georgia and has also served as an adjunct professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. He is the Libertarian nominee for President of the United States and is running against John McCain and Barack Obama

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  • by Tim Location: La Grange on Jun 13, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    It seems to me that the only reason there is a "war on drugs" is that the government can't tax drugs because they are "illegal". If the drugs were made legal, the federal government could tax them, ergo giving the government more money. Seems to make sense. I'm not advocating the legalization of drugs at all, but that would probably solve the problem.

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