Ron Paul Says Legalize Heroin

Ron Paul, challenged on his position to legalize heroin, offered the perfect retort.  “If we legalize heroin tomorrow, is everyone going to use heroin?” he asked.  “How many people here would use heroin if it were legal?”  The South Carolina crowd cheered the question.  They understood it was not the laws that kept people from using heroin; it was their own personal moral character.  Drug laws do not lift people of poor moral character; rather they push drug users into the shadows of mainstream society and exacerbate their criminal tendencies.  Legalizing drugs would result in fewer drug abusers and billions in savings from drug enforcement and prison costs.  Ron Paul is right on this issue.

No doubt, it is horrible to see someone ruin his or her life with a drug like heroin.  We must do everything we can to educate people about the economic, social and personal harms of these drugs and to protect children from drug-abusing parents.  However, as with most well-intentioned policies, the drug laws satisfy our emotional impulse to act, but do little to actually curb drug use and help people lead productive lives.  Worse, in satisfying our impulse to act, the drug laws dampen our resolve to fight the real drug war—the war over people’s minds and morals that we are losing every time we fail to condemn the celebrities, movies, videogames and television programs that glorify drugs.  The time has come to stop abdicating our moral responsibilities to the government.

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3 Responses to Ron Paul Says Legalize Heroin

  1. mcoons_48506 says:

    “They understood it was not the laws that kept people from using heroin; it was their own personal moral character. Drug laws do not lift people of poor moral character; rather they push drug users into the shadows of mainstream society and exacerbate their criminal tendencies.”

    What if I replaced heroin with murder? They understood it was not the laws that kept people from committing murder; it was their own personal moral character. Murder laws do not lift people of poor moral character; rather they push the murderers into the shadows of mainstream society and exacerbate their criminal tendencies. Logically I see no difference between your argument against drug laws and the argument I just laid out about murder. The fact is that no law has ever lifted a person’s moral character. Maybe there are good arguments for legalizing drugs but this is not one. People commit murder, rape, theft, etc. despite them being illegal, and it would be absurd to say we have lost the war on murder and should legalize murder. But that is what most of the arguments for legalizing drugs boil down to. The focus should be on the fact that a person’s body is their property. As long as I am not infringing on someone else’s rights, I have the right to use my property the way I see fit, even if it is destructive. But using arguments about the effectiveness of the drug laws are wrongheaded because ultimately every law is ineffective.

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    • Trey says:

      Very good point. I think given that Ron Paul is a libertarian his point was made with the implicit backdrop of the NAP. Of course we need laws to prevent aggression against others, and that is certainly the strongest justification of laws. So in this sense comparing heroin laws to murder laws is sorta of apples to oranges so to speak.

      Once we are outside the realm of the NAP, though, we are in the sphere of the individual. Many liberals, I think, honestly believe that by making drugs illegal we prevent some drug use. It was this line of thinking that Ron Paul was calling out, I suspect. Outside of the NAP, laws don’t make people moral, rather people and families make people moral.

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