Thursday, January 09, 2014

David Brooks inadvertently argues for legal marijuana

Guest post by Ted Leibowitz

(Ed. note: To listen to some great music, check out Ted's BAGeL Radio. For my take on David Brooks's remarkably stupid column on marijuana, see here. -- MJWS)

Okay, so if you haven't yet, you really must read David Brooks recent op-ed in the New York Times, "Weed: Been There. Done That." decrying marijuana legalization. While reading, please replace the words "weed" and "pot" with "alcohol," and the words "high" and "stoned" with "drunk," and you'll get a sense of what a total douchebag Brooks is. Then read the rebuttal, "I Smoked Pot With David Brooks," written and published by an old friend of Brooks' referenced in the op-ed. It is genius, I tell you. GENIUS. Besides exposing Brooks as a self-righteous gasbag, it lays out just how weak and nonsensical the arguments against marijuana legalization really are.

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