The devastation of marijuana

Andrew Stuttaford reminds us of how the Michael Phelps scandal highlights the debilitating effects of the most evil drug ever developed by Man:

I merely note that this broken wreck of a man’s failure to win any more than a pathetic fourteen Olympic gold medals (so far) is a terrifying warning of the horrific damage that cannabis can do to someone’s health—and a powerful reminder of just how sensible the drug laws really are.

I despise the drug-war and I despise its idiot supporters even more. There is absolutely no excuse whatsoever for the continued existence of the ludicrously ineffective drug laws, much less the many violations of human liberty their enforcement is used to excuse.

Anti-drug conservatives have to be among the dumbest and most illogical individuals in the nation, since the idea of forcibly preventing a man from making a decision that might lead to his eventual harm should be completely anathema to conservatives on both philosophical and practical grounds.

The joys of immigration

The Middle East comes to Minnesota:

On January 5, representatives of Hamas and Fatah rallied on the steps of the Minnesota state capitol in St. Paul. Their purpose was to condemn Israel, and an Israeli flag was burned…. How did Minnesota get to the point where its state capitol can become an outpost of a terrorist organization from the Middle East? Until a few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it possible.

How did it happen? It’s not exactly rocket science, this is exactly what one had to expect when large-scale immigration from non-Western cultures was encouraged. The immigration argument has always depended upon one vital question: will immigrants adapt to American norms or will they alter American norms? The answer, as has been made abundantly clear everywhere from St. Paul to Stockholm, is the latter.

Now that the global economic crisis has made it clear that remaking the world in the form of the West through democracy and economic abundance is not viable, there are only two possibilities that remain. One is the continued transformation of the West into the Third World. The other is deportations on the same scale as the preceding migrations. Nations that choose the latter will survive and prosper, nations that choose the former will survive in the form of West Bangladesh or North Mexico.