Why I’m drawn to and repelled by Megan McArdle:
…no policy question is ever as simple as “How can we stop X”, unless “X” is an imminent Nazi invasion. We also have to ask “at what cost?” and “by what right?”
She’s so smart, but can frequently appears to be blind to her own bias and pretty dismissive of others.
“At what cost?” and “by what right?” are exactly the kinds of questions that should be discussed when wrestling with responses to drug problems.
We also need to identify, examine and discuss our assumptions and our values. Only then can we begin to discern the proper perspective on the problem (avoiding drug panic), the costs (the discomfort of sinus congestion) and the rights involved.