New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg had a hard time making himself clear on his radio show. After a question about medical marijuana he incoherently tried to show why he opposed it while clearly describing the arguments for the overall legalization of drugs.
Choire Sicha provides the transcript.
“The argument is that the only ways you’re ever going to end the drug trades is legalize drugs and take away the profit motive and that to legalizeâ€”the corruption funds enormous dislocation of society. Mexico, you know, thousands and tens of thousands of people have been killed in the wars of the government trying to clamp down on the drug dealers.
There’s no easy answer to any of these things.
Nobody really â€” there are places where they legalized drugs. And then whether it destroyed the society or didn’t is up to debate, again.”
No, I don’t think it really is up to debate. It’s like saying “And then whether unicorns caused the extinction of the dinosaurs is up to debate again.” It really isn’t. I mean you could debate it just for fun, but there’s no valid reason.
It’s fascinating that, as a supposed opponent of legalization, he gives a pretty clear account of the reasons for legalization, but seems utterly incapable of coherently stating why we shouldn’t.
Ah, but that’s the beauty of being a politician. No need to actually make sense.