Mexico is on the front line of the war on drugs right now, it’s on the route between the suppliers and the worlds biggest consumer of prohibited drugs, the home of prohibition, the USA. Earlier in the week a message arrived at UKCIA from a reader pointing to a video of the ex-president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, addressing the CATO institute about the need for change in his country regarding drugs policy.
The CATO institute is a US based think-tank which describes itself as
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.
Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets — turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to more information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.
As our reader said in his e-mail
It is 70 min. long but anybody interested in the legalisation issue, be it in favour or against, ought to listen to in full. Q&A start around the 37min. mark
This is a keynote speech and is certainly worth watching, please pass it around.
The CATO webpage is here