Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Baby Boomers and Drug Reform

Yet history will show that, for all their organizing skill and moral sensitivities, the boomers took a pass on actually changing one hellish state policy rather than have a few uncomfortable conversations with their kids. Gotta have that moral high ground even at the kitchen table, it seems. Boomers have collaborated and shamelessly switched sides on the war on drugs with full knowledge of the repercussions. If the greatest generation had landed at Omaha Beach, pissed themselves, tossed their weapons into the sea, and begged to serve as Nazi slop-boys, then you might have an equivalent act of mass cowardice.



Clara said...

I read that piece, too, and found it provocative (in a good way). But I disagree with it.

When people of any stripe become parents, they get a little more cautious. They see drug addicts dropping out of school and committing crimes, and they reflexively think, "Ooooh, better not let that happen to my kid." It's not at all irrational or hypocritical. Champions of drug bans don't know that legalizing drugs will make things better, not worse. (And they don't realize how much they're paying to protect other people from themselves.)

marco said...

I think that what the article is getting at is that above all they lack consistency. It is undeniable that parenthood changes the way people look at drugs; however, this does not mean that reason should be abandoned in the name of protectionism. More so than other generations, the baby boomers should understand that responsible drug use is the norm and that abuse is the exception.