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Letter to my MP about Drugs and Censorship

In article <4johq8$1ph@gerry.cc.keele.ac.uk>,
Julian White <u4d14@cc.keele.ac.uk> wrote:
>                       With illegal drugs, it has *every* right to ban
>someone taking a drug if the Gvt decides that that position is in the best
>interests of the individual,

That's the second time you've said something like that.  I'm starting
to think you must actually believe it.

I suggest you read "On Liberty",

    http://wiretap.spies.com/ftp.items/Library/Classic/liberty.jsm

especially Chapter 4.  The discussion of the Temperance Alliance
is particularly relevant.  Mill argues, from a purely utilitarian
viewpoint,

                               that the sole end for which man-
    kind are warranted, individually or collectively in interfer-
    ing with the liberty of action of any of their number, is
    self-protection. That the only purpose for which power can
    be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized com-
    munity, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His
    own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient war-
    rant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear
    because it will be better for him to do so, because it will
    make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do
    so would be wise, or even right. These are good reasons
    for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or per-
    suading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him,
    or visiting him with any evil, in case he do otherwise. To
    justify that, the conduct from which it is desired to deter
    him must be calculated to produce evil to some one else.
    The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is
    amenable to society, is that which concerns others. In the
    part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of
    right, absolute. Over himself, over his own body and mind,
    the individual is sovereign.

You might also like to read this, much shorter, essay.

    http://www.pipex.net/people/tim/dopevspope.html

Tim.
--
Tim Goodwin   | "continuous witter about large metal wanking
Cambridge, UK | machines" -- Robin Fairbairns, about uk.transport.

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From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: uk.politics
Subject: Re: Letter to my MP about Drugs and Censorship (long)
Date: 1 Apr 1996 17:25:09 GMT
Organization: Unipalm PIPEX
Distribution: uk
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