I’ve made fun of libertarians for saying absurd things about the consequences of ending the war on drugs, but this takes the cake:
with no War on Drugs there would be, within one generation, no “black problem” in the United States. Poverty in general, yes. An education problem in general—probably. But the idea that black America had a particular crisis would rapidly become history, requiring explanation to young people. . . .
That is neither an exaggeration nor an oversimplification. . . .
There would be a new black community in which all able-bodied men had legal work even in less well-off communities . . .
And in this new black community, young black men, much less likely to wind up in prison cells or caskets, would be a constant presence—and thus stay in the lives of their children.
And something else these boys would not grow up with is a bone-deep sense of the police—and thus whites—as an enemy. Because there would be no reason for the police to prowl through his neighborhood.
To be completely clear, ending the war on drugs will: 1) solve the "black problem"; 2) possibly solve the black education problem; 3) eliminate black unemployment; 4) eliminate illegitimacy among blacks; 5) end black criminality; and 6) none of this is an exaggeration.
I wonder what stopped Mr McWhorter from suggesting that the end of drug war would end world hunger, bring about world peace, and cause everyone to immediately become wealthy while slashing carbon emissions.