Pubdate: Fri, 04 Oct 2002
Source: Cambridge Reporter, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2002 The Cambridge Reporter
Author: Chris Buors


Letter writer Nicholas Ermeta ought to consider that there is a political 
movement know as classic liberalism or libertarianism that believes all 
drugs ought to be available in the competitive marketplace. Milton Friedman 
and Doctor Thomas Szasz have written extensively on the issue and make the 
case building on the idea of individual responsibility as expounded by the 
likes of Aristotle and Thomas Jefferson.

Ermeta errs telling us the dangers of smoking were not known in the 1930s. 
The dangers have been well documented since Sir Walter Raleigh introduced 
the habit to Europeans hundreds of years ago. I would suggest to Ermeta 
that a moral crisis exists in Canada because we were not wise enough to put 
drug prohibition to the four cardinal virtues test of St. Thomas Aquinas. 
Prudence, tolerance, justice and fortitude are those cardinal virtues and 
drug prohibition fails on every count.

Chris Buors

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