Shultz And Friedman Tell California Cops "Drug War is a Dismal Failure" 11/15/97

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Former Reagan administration Secretary of State George Shultz and Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman each reaffirmed, in passionate terms, their views on the inescapable failure of America's "War on Drugs" last week. The speeches, delivered to a gathering of California law enforcement officials at the Hoover Institute, were part of a two-day program designed to examine more pragmatic approaches to substance abuse.

Friedman listed the wide variety of ways that the drug war is immoral, including massive increases in incarceration, the near-destruction of inner-city neighborhoods and the extensive use of informants as some of the ills brought upon by this failed policy. "We have done things in the name of prohibiting drugs that we never would do for prohibiting robbery, for example," Friedman said.

Shultz noted "If you create a system where profits are immense, you're going to set up an independent Industry," he said. "And boy have we set up an industry... It's vast and it's ruthless."

The conference, which took place at Stanford's prestigious Hoover Institution, was organized by Dr. Joseph McNamara, former chief of police in San Jose and Kansas City. Information about the first such conference in 1995 and its surprising results, as well as some of Dr. McNamara's speeches and editorials, can be found online at and

[Source: Oakland Tribune, 11/7, and private communications]

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