Sep 11, 2010, 10:13 PM
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Re: [Reefhound] why not just legalize the stuff???
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True, but the discussion here is on the legalization of drugs and I'm still waiting to hear exactly how that is going to stop the cartels and criminal activity in MX - not to mention NOB. If you take an extreme example and legalize murder, what would be the result, more or less?
But just think... you would have much fewer people in jail for murder. So everything is fine, right? And murderers would be able to confess their acts and get the psychological help they need without the fear of prosecution and incarceration. Who knows? Maybe the thrill of killing would be diminished without the risk of getting caught and sent to prison.
Some might view that as a flippant response but parts of that are going in a direction I proposed many years ago and still believe. Albeit murder was the most extreme example it was among the easiest to reconcile. Some people have already accepted murder as an acceptable behavior in their world.
Why not murder? Why a worldwide ban on any type of human behavior? I could only draw the line at the protection of children, of minors, but I would suggest that those minors should be granted a choice at what age they wish themselves to be emancipated into an anything-goes world either through their own decision or implied by an emerging pattern of behavior.
I cannot think of anything more just than to permit murderers live amongst other murderers in their own murdering society, free to make their own way, free to live as they have chosen, and free to die by another's hand. I believe thieves should be permitted to live among thieves in their own society of thieves, actually, sent to live among thieves.
Is there a human aberration too heinous to not permit those of like mindset to structure their own society and live as they have chosen? I could only think of the need to protect children, and then only to an age until their demonstrated behavior has decided how they wish to conduct their lives or have made a decision to live in a given manner. This need not apply only to so-called societal aberrations but to any form of liberty one may choose, gay persons in a gay society, pot smokers with those who may wish to live in a society devoid of pathetic anal-retentive boozers, etc. ad nauseum.
Some would gladly live among those of like mind while others more violent or dangerous may need to be contained, others only contained somewhat. A true citizen of the world through demonstrated impeccable behavior may earn a visa to visit those most rigidly strict capitol cities of the world or any place of their choosing but subject to those societies' norms.
How would a place come to be chosen as the murder or thievery capitol of the world? Simple, some already are. Their crime statistics already show certain cities to have, however reluctantly or by choice, exhibited certain patterns of "accepted" behavior and that would be the starting point, the "good people" would need to relocate and facilitating their move would become the task of those who were displaced from their jobs in the "old system" of justice.
A potential murderer may likely not elect his society prior to his decisive offense and a new system may still have societal "mishaps" along the way as people demonstrate their bent, but society as it is now has plenty of these mishaps on a daily basis. Law enforcement would have the task of finding their culprit and the justice system would have the task of placing them where they belong; a murderer's death sentence would be to remand him to his city of murderers. His loved ones could accompany him if they chose to do so and were of an age to make that decision. I am speaking of a system of liberty and justice for all.
And for a few "hopeless" drug addicts that wanted no more than to waste away their lives in a drugged oblivion? I would be happy to pay the taxes it would cost to house them in old abandoned prisons and waste away in ther cells, fed and drugged at taxpayer's expense until their death or decision to change their lives. It would not cost nearly what the justice system costs now, a small price to give them liberty, pursue their happiness, and get them off the streets.
That is a nutshell idea, or some kind of nutty idea, but I don't think it would be difficult to facilitate. And I agree with you, fewer people in jail and everything is fine. I am not being flippant.
(This post was edited by Peter on Sep 11, 2010, 10:48 PM)