Magazine March 9, 2015, Issue

Prohibition and Its Discontents

Going to Pot: Why the Rush to Legalize Marijuana Is Harming America, by William J. Bennett and Robert A. White (Center Street, 240 pp., $26)

That this book is about as good a defense of the prohibition position as it is possible to make, and that it lost me within the first couple of pages, may, at first blush, seem rather strange. And yet what appears to be a paradox is, in fact, merely a problem inherent to the broader debate over drugs: that, most of the time at least, the two sides are essentially talking past each other.

In their introduction, authors William J. Bennett and Robert A. White — whom I will henceforth refer to collectively as “Bennett” — deploy a rhetorical trick that

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