Kiwi Polemicist

July 12, 2009

• Was Pablo Escobar a danger to the public?

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Stuff has an article that begins thus:

Drug lord Pablo Escobar’s hippo died the same way he did, hunted down and shot by the authorities for posing a danger to the public.

I do get tired of seeing state propaganda delivered by the media. Escobar may have been a danger to the public when he ordered murders and the like, but that isn’t what the article is referring to: rather, the article means that he was a danger to the public because he supplied drugs. That is dung of bull.

Escobar simply supplied a product that people wanted, just as a baker supplies bread that people want. Yes, the cocaine that Escobar supplied was harmful, but people freely chose to put it into their bodies so Escobar was not responsible for that harm. Each person who freely chose to harm their body with cocaine was responsible for that harm. It’s all about personal responsibility.

I believe that drugs should be legalised because the state has no right to control what people put into their bodies. You can read my full argument in my post titled The pointless death of an undercover policeman.

Related post:

The NZ Herald delivers state propaganda




  1. I completely agree.

    Consenting adults who purchase or sell drugs are not commiting a wrongful act.

    It is my right as a compotent person to do whatever I want in my own home, unless I infringe upon another’s rights.

    Comment by Johnm — July 26, 2009 @ 8:20 pm

  2. […] Was Pablo Escobar a danger to the public? […]

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