Is New York Times columnist David Brooks high? In his Jan. 2 op-ed, he admits to smoking pot and breaking federal law as a youth, then argues the drug should remain illegal so people are encouraged to pursue higher pleasures.
"I’d say that in healthy societies government wants to subtly tip the scale to favor temperate, prudent, self-governing citizenship. In those societies, government subtly encourages the highest pleasures, like enjoying the arts or being in nature, and discourages lesser pleasures, like being stoned."
This asshat does not explain how the U.S is encouraging the “highest pleasure” by arresting 750,000 people for pot per year, or an estimated 26 million since 1937, or how enlightened it all seems when one learns that all that blood and treasure lost has not decreased teen access to pot at all.
Brooks said him and his friends gave up pot in pursuit of “trying to become more integrated, coherent and responsible people”. Sadly, the column makes it clear that he failed. Maybe he should smoke on it and think a bit harder.