Should We Legalize, Decriminalize, or Deregulate?
Edited by Jeffrey A. Schaler
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Drugs by Jeffrey A. Schaler
Book DescriptionDoes drug addiction exist? Do we have a right to use drugs? Is personal responsibility achieved at the cost of individual liberty? Can drugs ever be controlled? Would a free market in drugs reduce social problems? This rich and diverse collection assembles a wide range of views in the ongoing debate over drug legalisation, decriminalisation, and deregulation in America. Reformers looking to lighten and eliminate drug laws are a divided group, with some claiming that drug abuse is a disease, a national health problem that should be treated as such, while those committed to the 'war on drugs' stress personal responsibility, and that there is no such thing as the 'disease' of addiction. Attitudes are splintered over government involvement in enforcement and regulation. Psychologist Jeffrey A Schaler seeks to expand our thinking about drug control in a free society by looking at the ethical issues as well as anthropological, sociological, economic, political, and philosophical questions that arise in the debate. This important volume includes essays by William Bennett, Rep. Joseph Biden, President Clinton, Rep. Charles B Rangel, Thomas Szasz, George Will, John Q Wilson, and many others.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781573921961
(230mm x 155mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Prometheus Books
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jeffrey A. Schaler
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Explores one of the most controversial philosophers of the modern age, Peter Singer, and his radical and inspiring work on animal rights, ethics, and globalization. This book gives a platform to critics of Singer's many contentious ideas about disability and euthanasia, utilitarianism abortion and global poverty, among others.
Addiction is a Choice, Paperback (December 1999)» View all books by Jeffrey A. Schaler
A provocative debunking of prevailing beliefs about the concept of addiction. The author argues that addiction is not a disease, but a voluntary choice in lifestyle. The work covers all forms of addiction, from drugs and alcohol to gambling, smoking and sex.
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Author Biography - Jeffrey A. Schaler
Jeffrey A. Schaler (Silver Spring, MD) is currently on the faculty of American University's School of Public Affairs; Johns Hopkins University, and the Institute for Human Studies at George Mason University.
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