Not Mind-Changing on Drugs
A good book, full of information, but which suffers as a polemic from Nutt’s preferred style of debate. I read it because it was shortlisted for Polemic of the Year at the Political Book Awards. But, as a polemic, its purpose should be, we assume, to argue for the declassification, decriminalisation or legalisation of some drugs.
Nutt hardly bothers to consider the differences between these three options, or indeed to argue for any of them. His favourite device is to compare the “harm” caused by, say, ecstasy or cannabis, with that caused by horse-riding or alcohol. (Less.)
That is interesting and part of the debate, but it does not answer the question: would changing the legal status of certain drugs result in more or less harm?
A useful book for an intelligent young person who wants to know the facts, but it will not change minds and it did not change mine: illegal drugs should stay illegal.Tagged in: book review, drugs, polemic
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