"Every friend of freedom must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence."
Milton Friedman
(1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, "ultimate guru of the free-market system"
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 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA, US      
Said very accurately and, very well ! ! ! As I've said over and over again, prior to the war between the States, said referenced armed camp was considered a standing army to enforce a foreign dictates tyranny. Not just concerning drugs, the statist theocracy infesting this land's armed camp enforces demonic, unconstitutional and unlawful compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity (theft of the noble laborer's fruit, use of a foreigner's funny money, etc.) and a myriad of other policies contrary to individual rights and sovereignty, law, freedom, liberty and justice. The Supreme Court of the statist theocracy has repeatedly ruled that the armed camp is in toto aloof from and, has no responsibility or liability to 'We The People' but rather, only to protect the statist theocracy's property.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Well, at least he got that right; certainly not his "economics". The freedom to make mistakes and pay for them at the time of ejudication or at least personally is where I realize my libertarian leanings. You drive drunk, etc. and cause no harm, sobeit. The minute you cause damage or injury, it's a new ballgame to your detriment of course. Besides, if you have enough other positive pursuits/hobbies in your life, you have no time for nonsense that just lies you low anyway...or perhaps puts the public at undue risk if, say you are an airline pilot, etc.
     -- Tom LaMar, Keeseville, ny     
  • 2
    This is right as was his economics. The war on Drugs is the worst thing that has happened in this country since 1970 when Nixon set up the DEA. See LEAP.cc for more information.
     -- jim k, Austin,Tx     
  • 4
    Friedman once again makes an intelligent and obvious observation. Not only are Friedman's economic doctrines as sound as the Rock of Gibraltar, he knows what armed thugs look like when he sees them. History shows us very plainly what happens to a nation plagued by a controlling and well armed paramilitary camp. We need strong national defense and a system of "justice", not armed internal control of our citizens.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
  • 4
    It amazes me how many in the religious right get this one wrong.
     -- Justin, Elkland     
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    At least he gets this right. And, its going to get worse - next step will be controlling the Internet.
     -- RBESRQ     
     -- Logan, Memphis, TN      
     -- Ron, Salem      
     -- Johann Hollar, Saint Paul, MN      
    We may have to wait for artificial intelligence to take over so it can destroy the corruption before we let loose the dogs of war...
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the US     
     -- Mary - MI      
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