Stossel on Prohibition

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Economic analysis predicts that prohibition of voluntary activities is wasteful and dangerous. The consequences of turning morals into laws was illustrated by the alcohol prohibition in the US, amongst other examples.

Why expect that other prohibitions (drug usage, prostitution, organ trade) would be different?

It is important to distinguish activities that harm others (violence, theft, fraud), which should be condemned, from ones that merely offend others.
Similarly, we need to separate the crimes caused by prohibition itself and not impute them to the immoral activity.


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