IEA Event: Drugs: The War We Never Fought

Mark Littlewood chairs a head to head debate on the drug war on May 16th:

Peter Hitchens […] argues that politicians, lawyers and police long ago gave up any serious attempt to restrict drug use in the UK and that laws against possession and use have been neutralised to the point of meaninglessness.

But IEA research fellow Chris Snowdon (author of The Art of Suppression: Pleasure, Panic and Prohibition since 1800) argues that prohibiting the products people desire just doesn’t work, despite the fact that some people believe “utopia is only ever one ban away”.

The correct outcome, of course, seems obvious from a Libertarian point of view: “Good, I know, let’s stop this madness and legalise”, but I’m sure a few of your will enjoy taking your pointy questions with you for the the inevitable Q&A.

The debate kicks off from 6.30pm and lasts until 8.00pm, at which point there will be drinks.

The IEA is at 2 Lord North Street, London, SW1.

Simon Gibbs

Simon is a London based IT contractor and the proprietor of Libertarian Home. Working with logic and cause-and-effect each day he was naturally attracted to nerdy libertarianism and later to the benevolent logic of Objectivism. Find him on Google+