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The War on Drugs: Part Two

The History and Economics of Drug Prohibition

Learn Liberty On Demand offers you a series of videos on new and exciting topics in the world of policy and ideas that you can watch any time, anywhere, on your schedule. Have you ever wondered why drugs were made illegal in the first place? If so, this is the place for you.

Can you believe that drugs in the US were initially banned partly because of fears of miscegenation (interracial relationships)? But that’s not the only reason. Other reasons included alarmist films like Reefer Madness (see program image!), fear of conspiracies, and the notion that government has a right to determine the productivity of its citizens. If these are the arguments on which the drug war was founded, can we be sure it’s a war worth fighting?

The War on Drugs has created a laundry list of perverse incentives for both sellers and buyers, leading to unintended and even dangerous consequences. This program attempts to analyze the history and net effects of drug prohibition. Press play, and GET SMART!

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