Guido's influential call for drugs legalisation goes against all my instincts. You see, there will always be those amongst us whose desire for quick money overcomes both their moral scruples and their fear of risk. Right now they're dealing drugs. Does anyone seriously imagine that if drugs were legalised, this cohort would meekly march down to their nearest McDonalds to apply for burger-flipper jobs?
Of course not. The drug-dealing scum would just turn to alternative criminal activity. At best this might be burglary, mugging and robbery. Or the profits to be made from dealing illegal handguns (and would those who advocate legalising drugs also advocate legalising handguns on the same basis?). At worst, our welfare ghettoes may grow to resemble Brazilian favelas, where a 'hit' can be bought for $50 and human life becomes cheaper than beef.
Unless you remove this criminal cohort from society completely - and I've yet to meet a Libertarian who would advocate concentration camps for the underclass - then criminalised drugs may be our best defence against something far worse.