The Marc Steiner Show

11/27/07 Kaufman and Hancock

A socialist and a capitalist walk into a bar….

The beginning of a joke, right?  Not today.  Today we have a socialist (A. Robert Kaufman) and a capitalist (Okay, well not specifically a capitalist, but a business writer, so he writes about capitalism and for the most part we’re all capitalists, after all….anyway it’s Jay Hancock from the Baltimore Sun) and they are coming in together to talk about how they both came to this conclusion: the War on Drugs has failed and must be ended. 

Jay Hancock revealed this belief in a column on November 7th.  Kaufman has been advocating this for years.  They’re going to talk about how they came to this conclusion from very different places.

Join us, to share your thoughts on the War on Drugs.


Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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  1. I think the idea of the legalization of drugs is an idea that seems poorly thought out. I hear that idea coming from College Freshmen who have just discovered Marijuana and The Grateful Dead. Your two guests, though I am sure they are distinguished in their own right, must think of better alternatives than just giving the drug addicts more drugs. They are talking about a Government regulated form of legalization, that would ultimately put the drugs into the hands of our Government to distribute. I think that if we look a bit deeper, we will find that this is already the case. Now, I know this is sounding borderline “conspiracy theory,” but isn’t it the truth that the government could stop drugs from coming into our country if they truly wanted to? Afghanistan is now one of the world’s biggest Heroin manufacturing countries in the world, and Colombia ship out the majority of the world’s cocaine. These drugs have to make it into our country somehow. I believe, as well as many other Americans, that the government allows the importation of drugs to passify people who are already down and out. As for the topic of lowering the crime by giving junkies drugs so they don’t steal to be able to obtain drugs, that is an incredibly rediculous argument. Almost childish. If we give the junkies drugs, they are only going to want more drugs. Plus, i am not a nutritionist, but I don’t think a healthy diet can be sustained on Crack Cocaine, alone. People who are addicted to drugs won’t be able to get jobs, thus perpetuating the need for more money. Only resulting in added crime. Are we then going to create a social program for jobs so the people that our government got addicted to drugs can get jobs?
    How about this, instead…We stop allowing the drugs to come into the country. I don’t think it would take much to prevent a cargo plane from the middle east, filled with Heroin, from landing in the United States. It has been my experience, that if someone can’t get drugs, then they don’t do them. I don’t know anyone(with the exception of Mary Poppins, perhaps) who can just conjure up Heroin from thin air, so if we take the drugs off the streets, then maybe we will prevent a few people from getting addicted to the stuff. All of the kids you send off to college, if they couldn’t buy weed from every other guy they saw, then maybe we will stop breeding a generation of apathetic burn outs. Let’s make a positive difference, not dig the hole deeper ’til we can’t see out. Thank you very much. Have a wonderful day.


  2. Amsterdam has assigned areas where drugs can be purchased and freely used. There has been difficulties there. Here in Baltimore I don’t think it would work because of the violence linked to drug use and the firearms availability. I believe drug counselers visiting high schools and explaining the side effects of drug use with visual aids would be more effective and the correction of the underlying social causes.

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