Wow. The law the Mexican president Vicente Fox will sign in today or Monday will allow Mexicans to own small amounts of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. You can read about it here. If ever it were time to create a strong border with Mexico it is now.

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Posted by Matthew Lee Anderson

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  1. That last line begs for an explanation.


  2. I think the point is that the new Mexican law is a bad one, that bad laws cause bad cultures, that bad cultures cause bad citizens, bad citizens cause bad immigrants, bad immigrants cause a new bad culture, and a new bad culture is bad.

    See my two sense above at my unusually dogmatic post. (Dogmatic, I think, because it matters less to me, not more. But I still think it’s important).


  3. We usually call that a “slippery slope” fallacy. Tack on a “nuclear war” card, and you’re a policy debater.


  4. Jim,


    Sometimes slopes are slippery, and when they are it isn’t fallacious to point them out.


  5. 1. The slippery slope can’t just be claimed to be slippery; some sort of justification is in order. For starters…

    2. I dispute the first contention (that the law is a bad one). But I’ll wait for the justification from the guy who posted this thing in the first place.


  6. Andrew McKnight Selby May 4, 2006 at 1:26 am

    I shall comment.

    First, I think I’m suffering from naivete because I have always thought drugs were bad. Passing a law that allows people to do something bad – with far-reaching negative effects on society as a whole – is not good. What I mean by negative effects on society as a whole are addictions, which may increase as more people have access to addiction creating narcotics such as heroin and cocaine. Perhaps an argument can be offered that would show addictions will not increase due to the legalization of drugs.

    Second, given that drugs are bad, we don’t want lots of them in our country. Mexico allowing its citizens to carry generous amounts of these narcotics allows more drugs to be passed over into our borders. Again, I am willing to hear a case that demonstrates Mexicans – not just pro drug runners, but now anyone with a mind to – won’t be tempted to buy these substances legally in their own country, hop our relatively unprotected border and sell them for more money state-side.

    Given that Mexicans don’t seem to be massing and protesting this law, I assume that it is, by and large, culturally acceptable to buy, sell, and use these narcotics. Since many will have no scruples against the exchange and consumption of these substances, they will be willing to sell them in a country with naive laws such as the USA. This state of affairs stays the same with the legalization of drugs in Mexico, but now more people have access to them.

    I further suppose that the price of narcotics will drop significantly now that they are legal. The risk to the seller has decreased. Therefore, more folks can afford it and go sell it.

    The drug market isn’t something I have thought much about, so I am eager to hear refutations. I’ve met some in the universities today who believe that drug usage ought to be legalized here in our nation because drugs aren’t that bad. Those are arguments that I admit I don’t understand and would like to hear set forth.


  7. I’ve drafted a full response here.


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