Friday, February 15, 2008

We'll Just Go Overseas

I always found, even at a young age, the concept of banning smoking from every facet of life to be stupid. If people want to smoke, let them smoke. If people want to do drugs, let them do drugs. If two guys want to marry each other, then let two guys marry each other. And if I want to have a drink in a Chicago speakeasy in 1930, let me have my drink. It is the basic principle of Libertarianism, heck, FREEDOM, that if they ain't hurting anybody else then it's none of your damn business and you should let them do it. Sorry to curse.

Anyway, the people that go on crusades to impose their moral view on the rest of the world is not just relegated to religious folk, the anti-smoking Nazi's are also a perfect example, and the psychology of these people is what intrigues me. Since when did somebody else have the moral authority to tell me what to do and what is right or wrong. I've thus concluded folks that lecture other people about what they should or should not do have nothing better going on in their lives and somehow derive a sense of worth or purpose on going on these crusades. Again their desire to inflate their egos and makes themselves feel better by going on a crusade supercedes the cause.

Alas, why I was just laughing my ass off when I saw this picture from The Economist;

So, for all you anti-smoking nazi's and people, you won in America with your lawsuit, now you just must carry the crusade overseas and deal with the remaining 5.7 billion people and 175 other nations on the planet.

Ain't globalization grand?


AG said...

A recent Dutch study and previous Harvard research indicates that smoking have positive economical impact for the society. People work hard all their life and die right after retirement, which is most effecient use of human resource.

Anonymous said...


"If people want to do drugs, let them do drugs."

Really? Good. Then you can pay *my* part of the healthcare bill to rehab them all. The hospital bill for the multiple times they overdose. The police, insurance and victim bill for when they commit crimes to cover their habit.

Which is why the Netherlands is rethinking the whole legalized drug habit thing. Because the financial and social costs have vastly exceeded anything that people had imagined.

Good call. This is why I consider most libertarians as somewhat naive and deranged.

Andrew L said...

"Since when did somebody else have the moral authority to tell me what to do and what is right or wrong."

In the case of smoking, since the government started paying your medical bills. If they are responsible for you when you get sick, it's in their best interests to make sure you don't get sick, which means making you quit smoking tobacco (and drinking alcohol and eating McDonald's and watching TV instead of exercising and whatever else they may think of). Just another reason why socialized medicine is a bad idea.

Unknown said...

"The police, insurance and victim bill for when they commit crimes to cover their habit."

Habitual users only commit crimes to pay the artificially high costs of drugs due to their illegality. Legalizing, even with heavy regulation/taxation, will still decrease prices.

By having drugs illegal gives power to organized crime, and becomes their major source of revenue. They have a monopoly on the product, and therefore set the price and rake in the cash.