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The Resource Our right to drugs : the case for a free market, Thomas Szasz

Our right to drugs : the case for a free market, Thomas Szasz

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Our right to drugs : the case for a free market
Title
Our right to drugs
Title remainder
the case for a free market
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Szasz
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In Our Right to Drugs, Thomas Szasz shows that our present drug war started at the beginning of this century, when the U.S. government first assumed the task of protecting people from patent medicines. By the end of World War I, however, the free market in drugs was but a dim memory, if that. Instead of dwelling on the familiar impracticality or unfairness of our drug laws, Szasz demonstrates the deleterious effects of prescription laws, which place people under lifelong medical tutelage. The result is that most Americans today prefer a coercive and corrupt command drug economy to a free market in drugs." "Szasz stresses the consequences of the fateful transformation of the central aim of U.S. drug prohibitions from protecting us from being fooled by "misbranded" drugs to protecting us from harming ourselves by self-medication-defined as "drug abuse." And he reminds us that the choice between self-control and state coercion applies to all areas of our lives, drugs being but one of the theaters in which this perennial play may be staged. A free society, Szasz emphasizes, cannot endure if its citizens reject the values of self-discipline and personal responsibility and if the state treats adults as if they were naughty children." "In a no-holds-barred examination of the implementation of the War on Drugs, Szasz shows that under the guise of protecting the vulnerable members of our society--especially children, minorities, and the sick--our government has persecuted and injured them. Leading politicians persuade parents to denounce their children, and encourage children to betray their parents and friends--behavior that subverts family loyalties and destroys basic human decency. And instead of protecting blacks and Hispanics from dangerous drugs, this holy war has allowed us to persecute them, not as racists but as therapists--working selflessly to bring about a drug-free America." "Last, but not least, to millions of sick Americans, the War on Drugs has meant being deprived of the medicines they need--because the drugs are illegal, are unapproved here though approved abroad, or require a prescription a physician may be afraid to provide. The bizarre upshot of our drug policy is that while many Americans now believe they have a right to die--an inevitable occurrence--few believe they have a right to drugs, even though that does not mean they have to take any." "Often jolting, always stimulating, Our Right to Drugs is likely to have the same explosive effect on our ideas about drugs and drug laws as The Myth of Mental Illness had on our ideas about insanity and psychiatry more than thirty years ago."--Jacket
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DLC
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1920-2012
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Szasz, Thomas
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Pharmaceutical policy
  • Drug control
  • Drug control
  • Drug legalization
  • Drug and Narcotic Control
  • Health Policy
  • Human Rights
  • Legislation, Drug
  • Pharmaceutical Preparations
  • Substance-Related Disorders
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Our right to drugs : the case for a free market, Thomas Szasz
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [185]-189) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
24626918
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 199 pages
Isbn
9780275942168
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91030378
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Our right to drugs : the case for a free market, Thomas Szasz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [185]-189) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
24626918
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 199 pages
Isbn
9780275942168
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
91030378
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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