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The two are not the same.  Sitting in your house doing a shot of heroine is not the same as being in a car.  We're all in potential danger when you're in your car, just as you'd all be in potential danger if I got in my car.  There's a public vs private dynamic that's not captured in your analogy.

That said, speed all you like.  I don't drive, and I doubt your car's going to hurt the train I'm on. ;)

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 04:59:41 PM EST
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Drew J Jones:
That said, speed all you like.  I don't drive, and I doubt your car's going to hurt the train I'm on. ;)

Have you ever been a pedestrian?

Granted shooting heroin in your own home hurts no one except maybe your marriage and your kids, but most people shoot heroin in public places and leave dirty needles about. If they overdose or mix it with other drugs they may end up in casualty taking up scarce health care resources.  In practice, few things in life are entirely private and don't have (a sometimes severe) impact on others.

Criminalisation may be inappropriate, unhelpful, counter productive, a restriction of civil liberties,  and over the top, but does allowing the relatively free availability of heroin not come with other risks and costs within our cultural context?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 05:26:17 PM EST
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Frank Schnittger:
If they overdose or mix it with other drugs they may end up in casualty taking up scarce health care resources.  In practice, few things in life are entirely private and don't have (a sometimes severe) impact on others.

I think mountain climbing, boxing or other extreme ways of treating your body (joining the military comes to mind) comes closer to drugs, then speeding does. Then you have the direct bodily harm centered on the agent, though the risks are shared with those around.

Btw, professional boxing is outlawed in Sweden. No illegal market there (afaik), instead the boxers move. Mountain climbing is legal though.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 06:13:41 PM EST
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I suppose they can't move the mountains.....

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Jan 6th, 2008 at 06:20:52 PM EST
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