Monday, April 29, 2013
In the wake of the Boston Bombings there has been a lot of melodrama, a lot of calls for increased police powers and surveillance and the usual statist mumbo-jumbo about how this changes things. It does not change thing. In 2012 there were 51 murders in Boston, and from what I've read at least 10% of these would be drug related. In other words the "War on (Some) Drugs" killed at least 40% more people than terrorists. That's not including people who died from AIDS because someone couldn't get a clean needle (not necessarily them, they could have caught it from a junkie) or because they couldn't get condoms in jail and couldn't stop getting raped either. It's also not including people who die because government interference in the health sector makes it harder to get treated (including but not limited to, licensure, FDA hoop-jumping, the bizarre insurance system). So remember, the terrorist are _an_ enemy, they're not _the_ enemy, that is and will always remain, the State.