In the example of the “FOX ‘Friends” broadcast of January 25, 2008, the talking faces exploit confusion over Coca leaves versus Coca paste- a highly concentrated refined derivative, over a misspeaking or perhaps mistranslation of Venezualean President Hugo Chaves remarks of what he receives from Bolivian President Evo Morales.Its false theological basis:
Certain drugs are simply “bad” with little or no known acceptable use.
Its what you hear from the likes of people as William Bennett.
Its whats used to thus justify doing bad things to people with the bad drugs.The reality:
No objective standardized criteria. What objective criteria did the US Congress adopt in selecting to prohibit Opiates, Coca, cocaine, Marijuana and other substances? How long did the US Congress debate Marijuana in 1937 when they then banned it?
Double Standards galore: where’s the concern over plastic foods? It’s not anti-pleasure, just look at the example of Viagra.
Nor is it against just certain pleasures- e.g the double standard with the relative highs of alcohol and marijuana
The drugs that were made illegal were no more dangerous then those that remained legal in comparable forms, with the law completely disregarding the considerably different pharamkenectics of dilute and concentrated drugs.
Prohibition ensured that they would not be in comparable forms.