Yaron Brook answers a question about drug legalisation. In an earlier video from the ASI in London he talks at some length about selfishness and he uses drug abuse as a definitive example of the difference between rational self interest and self-destructive behaviours. This illustrates a subtlety that is common to a lot of libertarian commentary that is worth calling out:
A libertarian might have an opinion about what is good and sensible, and he might even tell you his opinion in the harshest terms, but the argument about what is right and proper for political institutions is very different and for a political or judicial institution to tell you what to do must involve force, and is beyond the pale for a libertarian. Here Yaron demonstrates that while he disapproves of drug use, he recognises the limits of the state’s role.
Brook also makes a point that is new, at least to me, that one positive consequence of drug legalisation is that it would encourage the open sale of drug addiction treatments, exactly as happens now with nicotine. I hadn’t thought of that, but it makes sense.