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Please sir may I have some more The Analysis of a Paternalistic Government A Report on Our Right to Drugs by Thomas Szasz You might be tempted to label Thomas Szasz author of Our Right to Drugs The Case for a Free Market a counter-culture hippie However this analysis couldnt be further from the truth Szasz a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse is a major supporter of civil liberties He sees the so-called War on Drugs as one of the worst atrocities that the American Government has perpetrated on its people Szasz contends that the prohibition of certain drugs including common prescription drugs is nothing more than the government telling the people that father knows best It is this paternalistic attitude that Szasz finds so oppressive Mr Szasz makes three key arguments throughout his book First the War on Drugs is a failure and can never succeed It should be stopped immediately Second drug legalization is not a viable answer It would only turn into another attempt by the government to control drugs and would not be any more of a free market than the current system of drug prohibition Third he proposes a solution The solution is to end all drug regulation by the government in effect creating a free market for drugs He doesnt stop at illicit drugs however He also includes prescription drugs in this solution as well He sees the governments drug control policy as an attempt by the government to control its population much like a parent controls hisher children In order to get at what Mr Szasz is saying we must first examine his definition of what a free market is Szasz defines the free market as the right of every competent adult to trade in goods and services Szasz page 2 In other words he is outlining a laissez-faire system of the free
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