Monday, April 20, 2009

New From

1. Salon columnist and bestselling author Glenn Greenwald is the author of a new Cato Institute policy paper on Portugal's pathbreaking and hugely successful drug decriminalization program. Greenwald sat down with's Nick Gillespie to talk about the lessons from Portugal—and Barack Obama's decidedly disappointing performance so far on drug policy, executive power, and civil liberties. Video link.

2. George Mason economist Peter Leeson, author of The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates, sits down with's Nick Gillespie to discuss self-interested pirates, the myths of piracy, and the intersection of modern economic policy and the hidden economics of pirates. Video link.


At 4/20/2009 5:41 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Oh man! Something credible from this clown Greenwald has all the credibility of a Grimm's fairy tale...

Thanks for the chuckle...

At 4/20/2009 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greenwald is a putz. His ideas on drug legalization are as incoherent as his ideas about giving prisoners of war habeas corpus rights.

What if someone, G-d forbid, introduced his children to methamphetamine and/or crack cocaine. I have a feeling his opinions would change once he realizes that there is absolutely no legal recourse against the scumbag. And why should I be asked to provide and maintain "treatment" centers? This just shifts the costs of addiction from the sellers and users to innocent third parties.

It's ironic that you chose to put these two videos up in the same post. Peter Leeson, in discussing "pirate codes", talks about how the pirates regulated "negative externalities" like alcohol and tobacco consumption because they understood how it effected social cohesion and interfered with the smooth operation of their enterprise. Isn't that exactly why we regulate drug use?


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