quotes tagged with 'drugs'

Opium and morphine are certainly dangerous, habit-forming drugs. But once the principle is admitted that it is the duty of the government to protect the individual against his own foolishness, no serious objections can be advanced against further encroachments … Is not the harm a man can inflict on his mind and soul even more disastrous than any bodily evils? Why not prevent him from reading bad books and bad plays, from looking at bad paintings and statues and from hearing bad music? The mischief done by bad ideologies, surely, is much more pernicious both for the individual and for the whole society, than that done by narcotic drugs.

Author: Ludwig von Mises, Source: Human ActionSaved by ImaWriterIII in drugs bad encroachment encroach ludwigvonmises 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I'm in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my value system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal.

Author: Milton Friedman, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in drugs prohibition miltonfriedman illegal 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Drug misuse is not a disease, it is a decision, like the decision to step out in front of a moving car. You would call that not a disease but an error of judgment.

Author: Philip K. Dick, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in judgment error drugs crime disease philipkdick 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging than the drug itself.

Author: Jimmy Carter, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in punishment damage drugs crime jimmycarter 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Alcohol didn't cause the high crime rates of the '20s and '30s, Prohibition did.  And drugs do not cause today's alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition does.

Author: US District Judge James C. Paine, Source: addressing the Federal Bar Association in Miami, November, 1991Saved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom tyranny alcohol drugs crime prohibition politicalpower jamescpaine 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.

Author: Harry Browne, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty government tyranny children family drugs poverty politicians liberals conservatives leftwing rightwing harrybrowne 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I really like placebos because they've been tested more than any drugs.

Author: Richard Bandler, Source: A workshop, don't remember which one..Saved by inyucho in drugs hospital health medicine psychology nlp curing placebo 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
First, adults need to understand, and our children should be taught, that private choices are not private; they all have public consequences.

There is a popular notion that doing our own thing or doing what feels good is our own business and affects no one but us. The deadly scourges that are epidemic all over the world have flourished in the context of this popular notion. But this is simply not true.

All immoral behavior directly impacts society. Even innocent people are affected. Drug and alcohol abuse have public consequences, as do illegitimacy, pornography, and obscenity. The public cost in human life and tax dollars for these so-called private choices is enormous: poverty, crime, a less-educated work force, and mounting demands for government spending to fix problems that cannot be fixed by money. It simply is not true that our private conduct is our own business. Our society is the sum total of what millions of individuals do in their private lives. That sum total of private behavior has worldwide public consequences of enormous magnitude. There are no completely private choices.
Author: James E. Faust, Source: James E. Faust, “Will I Be Happy?” Ensign, May 1987, 80Saved by gospelcougar in privacy consequences immorality pornography alcohol drugs chastity 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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