Drugs, Economics, and Liberty | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty

May 20, 2010

“People practice vices for what they perceive as their own happiness—not to violate the rights of another. In a free society people have the right to destroy their own lives but not those of others. When government coercion is used to promote virtue, there cannot be liberty. However, there is conduct that people might engage in under the influence of narcotics, such as impaired driving, robbery and burglary to fund their habit, and other acts that threaten the rights of others. Such acts are already criminal and should be punished.”

via Drugs, Economics, and Liberty | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty.

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