12.27.2011

The Best of 2011: The War on Drugs, In the Style of Satire

This post originally featured on November 30th, and is notable for generating some very interesting reader feedback. We followed up this post with a few others focused on the e-satire of Morris on December 5th and December 12th.

One of the great pleasures of running BlawgConomics is the ability it affords me to showcase thought-provoking and interesting content by some colleagues and friends of various political and ideological persuasions. I often find myself wishing that there were more fora for thought and discussion on the internet and elsewhere that provided similar opportunities; media where discussion on topics of the day didn't degenerate instantaneously into name-calling and partisan sniping. Until then, there is BlawgConomics.

Today we are carrying on our proud tradition of featuring the best and the brightest by introducing our readers to Mr. Robert Morris, a recent law school graduate who also goes under the tag of MoFreedomFoundation. Mr. Morris' MoFreedomFoundation avatar is an attempt to explore the facts behind The War on Drugs.

Students of both legal and economic theory will be familiar with various arguments for and against The War on Drugs. Though generalities are tough to make on a topic which is so socially, ideologically, and politically charged, it can nonetheless be argued that economists (and proponents of a law and economics approach) are more likely to be against The War on Drugs than those coming from a straight legal tradition. The former camp looks at the numbers behind what has, in their view, been a disastrous effort while the latter is more likely to cite notions of retribution and deterrence in support of drug regulation.
Mr. Morris falls unabashedly in the group which would consider the drug war to be a spectacular failure from what I suspect he would agree is a fairly standard libertarian viewpoint. That he manages to do so with a bit of dark humor is all the better from our perspective. Part 1 of MoFreedomFoundation's expected three-part series on The War on Drugs can be found below. Meanwhile, Mr. Morris' highly- (albeit lightly-) rated authorial debut can be found on Amazon here.


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