Cimmerian Dragon wrote:
Yes, we generally support legalization of drugs, simply because there is something fundamentally offensive to us in the idea that the government (or any external power) has a greater right to control your body than you do.
Maybe its the evil dictator in me...or, there's nothing else it could be...but I think humans need an external force to control them most of the time. Why? Because we do REALLY stupid things. We don't actually know whats good for us. Humans are naturally stupid creatures that need to be controlled.
You speak in the voice of Thomas Hobbes, my friend. I can certainly respect that, while not embracing it.
Yes, some people are stupid. They'll make stupid decisions. Hell, I've made plenty, I can assure you. However, I've made a personal value judgement that deems personal freedom to be worth the extra responsibility it entails. Libertarianism is not an easy route to follow, but more like a difficult path that leads to greater self awareness and achievement if one can endure the trials along the way.
The opposing view, that it is better to keep people hemmed, keep them behind the guardrails of life, and assure them safety and security in exchange for a less personal path to fulfillment, is perfectly sound as well. I simply wouldn't want that for myself.
My personal Libertarianism contains some major socialist strains (mainly in medical care, food, housing; the basics), but balances them out with much greater independence in other areas. As part of a study on Utopian literature, I wrote a short narrative in the style of Edward Bellamy or William Morris that was intended to visualize what a truly Libertarian government might look like. If you're interested in taking a look, shoot me a message.