Part 4 of Drug Freeland dealt with reforming the health system. the next step we should take before legalising drugs is welfare reform.
Holland is often pointed to as an example of the failure of drug legalisation. The Dutch have very liberal drug laws, but to their detriment also have an extensive state social welfare system. Druggies simply live on the dole and lie around all day getting ripped. The Dutch taxpayers work hard and get ripped off.
Understandably, the solid Dutch burghers get pretty upset about financing these bludgers and a backlash against liberal drug laws becomes inevitable.
The long term solution however, is not to recriminalise drugs, but to remove the state from welfare provision.
In Britain for example, the state, before WW1, was a minor player in the welfare game.
That didn’t mean there was no welfare.
80% of British workers belonged to “Friendly Societies”. The average British middle class household gave 10% of their income to charity, more than they spent on food and clothing. It was the “done thing” for British surgeons to donate a large percentage of their time to charity hospitals.
Welfare was a vibrant and efficient sector of British society, just as it is in many Islamic countries today.
What killed that benevolent culture? Simple-the growth of the “welfare” state after WW1.
In New Freeland, people will be a dynamic and productive, orientated towards success rather than failure. Most people will be too busy making money, writing poetry or computer programmes to be interested in sordid things like dope.
Taxes will be minimal, productivity will be high and unemployment strictly a matter of choice.
The incentives to NOT use drugs will be much higher, but the help available to those who develop a drug problem will also be much better.
Welfare services will no longer be run by ration book bureaucrats with a vested interest in keeping their caseload high.
They will be run by committed individuals, with donated money, who have a strong interest in healing damaged people and helping them to get back on their feet-ASAP.