"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
Why exactly should drugs be illegal? Don't talk to me about cartels or theft or whatever - those are not related to the ACT of doing drugs. The act of doing drugs harms no one, except sometimes the individual doing them (and sometimes not - depends on the user, depends on the drug). If someone has gone beyond dabbling and has become an addict, how does that make them a criminal? They're sick. When did sickness become a crime? And the really ironic part is that there's a good chance that they were sick even before the drugs, and wound up an addict because society's resources failed to help them. We essentially incarcerate people for what is not only a victimless crime, but a problem that resulted from our failure to help them in the first place.
What form of sex between consenting adults should be illegal? And why? Because it weirds you out? You're not in their bedroom. What business is it of yours?
Who has the right to tell someone what they can and cannot do with their own bodies and lives? Since when does the state own your body?
In the case of involuntary prostitution, again, prostitution ITSELF is not the problem. The problem is that they are not consenting to what is being done to their own bodies. You're absolutely right, illegal prostitution attracts crime. But guess what? Legal prostitution doesn't, or is at least far less likely to.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 03-21-12 at 06:24 PM.
It depends on how you define harm. I think there qre things that may not directly physically harm people, but may indirectly harm people or society. If everyone acted responsibly, there probably wouldn't be an issue and we wouldn't need to have the discussion, but far too many people don't.
Now, I'm closer to your point of view than you probably think reading thus far, but I stop at, and reject, the "victimless crime" designation. No, there are almost always victims... just not necessarily direct victims.
(Yes, I know you didn't use the "victimless crime" phrase specifically in your post, but it is a common preferred phrase for this POV.)
Honestly i think legalizing prostitution would help the women who do that, because it would allow the government to put down rules and regulations to protect them and they could sue their pimps.
Drug use on the other hand is a different matter. Saying I don't care what you inject into your body sounds nice but in reality it probably wouldn't end well if everyone was allowed to easily get what are now illegal drugs. My guess is that it would cause serious societal problems and drugs such as heroine and coke would be made illegal again.
If I had a billion dollars?