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Mises Explains the Drug War

October 21, 2013 in Economics

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Mises Daily Monday: Laurence Vance explores Ludwig von Mises’s views on drug use, its illegality, and the problem of regulating what we eat, drink, and smoke.

When it comes to bad habits, vices, and immoral behavior of others, in contrast to the state, which does everything by “compulsion and the application of force,” Mises considered tolerance and persuasion to be the rules.

“A free man must be able to endure it when his fellow men act and live otherwise than he considers proper,” Mises explains. “He must free himself from the habit, just as soon as something does not please him, of calling for the police.”

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