1 year ago
Which side makes a better case?
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  • a year ago

    Thanks for the debate, I enjoyed it.

  • a year ago

    Good debate gents. I'm inclined towards @mosheweissman (pro)s position here. Though honestly, I'm somewhere in the middle personally.

    @madmike makes good arguments, and as a pharmacist, he has arguments that are ones I'd not heard before. His line of argument about impairment and addiction are good counters to Pro's general liberty argument.

    I can't, however, go as far as Con's view in terms of accepting that the laws of the state are nearly always justified or appropriate. I'll grant it's worth consideration, but I very often disagree with state law and policy and I think it's important that when we do, we dispute it.

    I don't really see the state's duty to be to protect me from my own foolishness. I'm appreciative if it is providing me some useful information, but I don't want to second-guess the risks I choose to take in my life that primarily have personal impacts.

    I think social justice is a better social mechanism for this kind of concern. It is often effective, and has a less dangerous scope of potential abuse and externalizes from enforcement.

    Philosophically, I start out near Pro, but I am open to a fair amount of exceptions that move me to some state intervention. If a drug becomes a huge social problem, and efforts to curb it doesn't cause more harm than good, then I am not entirely opposed to making it contraband. But... it really does need to be decided rationally and not emotionally.

    I really liked Mike's final question here, I wish there were a follow-up debate on it

    Voting: Well, I am on the pro side more than not, but I think that we should be cautious on our drug policy as we liberalize it and Con offers a somewhat less absolute look at it int he interests of the resolution.

    I think I have to reward that tactical approach in my vote, but I'll say that in general, I find pro's arguments more compelling and I would dramatically liberalize drug laws if it were up to me. Change the All to Most and I'd vote pro here without any hesitation.

    • a year ago

      @sigfried Thanks Siegfried. Just to clarify, I’m not a pharmacist, I just own a pharmacy. But all the pharmacists that work for me agree that not all drugs should be legalized, but they also agree that some that are illegal certainly should.