- HEROIN INJECTION ROOMS & GAYS IN AUSTRALIA-
The NSW premier is a labour party member, and we are
told does not drive a car and likes reading history. Apart from
those failings, he is a shrewd ex-journalist politician, who seems to
know that the best government is unobtrusive.
Last year he announced that Heroin Injection rooms
would be permitted under aegis of church sponsorship. These rooms
do not supply drugs, and police are not encouraged to lurk around.
Drug users are told that they may bring their drugs to the injection
room, (somewhere in King's Cross, Sydney) and, using clean needles
(provided on site presumably) have their "hit".
As a libertarian I
applaud this initiative as a step in the right direction. So far
as I am concerned, if someone wants to ingest known poisons, then that
is that human being's right. No drug whatsoever should be
"illegal". Doctors should be allowed to freely prescribe any drug
to any person, after explaining any hazards associated (like addiction,
damage to neural cells, etc). Back in the eighteenth century,
opiates and like drugs were declared "bad" because workers who used them
became unreliable workers. Quite likely, that is also the mental
set that motivated "the prohibition". Also, like alcohol &
tobacco, the young should be prohibited from poisoning themselves.
Similar thinking prompts my attitude to gays.
As an enthusiastic heterosexual I am quite unconcerned by the decrease
in competition that occurs when consenting males engage in homosexual
- PALESTINE & IRAQ -Now that Saddam has been displaced, perhaps the world community can begin to anticipate peace in the middle east. Admittedly, Syria and Iran still seem to be active, but Iran is not a dictatorship, and Syria, although a dictatorship on paper, is seen on closer inspection to be an oligarchy of tribal leaders. (It is perhaps incredible to realize, but a strong central dictatorship as existed in Iraq is actually a socio-political advance on a petty warlord oligarchy, as exists in countries like Syria and The Lebanon.)
- SECURITY -