Drug Topic Not So Bad
Fri Mar 31 10:41:14 CST 2000
Dallas Perkins threw in some thoughts on possible negative ground a drugs
topic might have. I can suggest some more.
1) Transhumanism K. Why is it many people use drugs? By and large it's
because they want to expand their mind into new states of consciousness.
Which is precisely what transhumanism argues, but transhumanism refers
not to the drug-addled mind but to a mind merged with machine, creating a
state of mental immortality and removing human reality to virtual
reality. Legalizing drugs would inhibit transhumanism because it
wouldn't be necessary to interface man and machine to achieve the higher
states of consciousness. And doing so would prevent the immortality of
human consciousness. Essentially, voting for drug legalization would be
consigning human souls to the void.
2) Courts C/P. Isn't this one obvious? Just like the good old days on
the T7 topic. A week ago the Supreme Court ruled that the FDA doesn't
have the authority to classify tobacco as a drug. Fiat a test case for
marijuana before the Supreme Court, and have the Supreme Court say the
same thing. Net benefit -- Clinton/Gore/Bush DA.
3) Underage buyers. I don't think anyone arguing for marijuana
legalization would say that the legal buying age would apply to everyone.
You wouldn't want a sixteen year-old going into the local CVS and be
able to buy a pack of Philip Morris' Marijuana Menthols. We have laws to
protect the adolescents of our society from the harms of adulthood
because we understand that youths can't make informed decisions because
they don't understand all the implications and there are genuine harms to
youths. The affirmative can't solve for this problem; the status quo has
yet to solve for the teenage drinking and smoking problems. These
substances are legal and yet they still filter down to the youth of our
society. Legalize marijuana and suddenly you've got another legal
substance filtering down.
4) Court Clog DA. You legalize marijuana, you have a lot of people
sitting in jail now convicted of something that Congress says isn't
illegal anymore. You legalize marijuana, you have a lot of people out on
the streets who would want their criminal records expunged. These people
are going to want their cases reopened, so that their convictions are
overturned. This is going to put a huge burden on the judicial system.
DAs aren't going to say, you get a free pass. No, they're going to want
to protect their reputations and make sure that these people weren't up
to no good anyway. The courts system would become a nightmare.
5) Illuminati K. We don't want to legalize marijuana because it will
expand our consciousness and we'll be able to see through the Black Iron
Prison that the Illuminati and the true rulers of our reality have
constructed around us. And seeing that reality would drive humanity mad.
We want the Illuminati ruling the world.
Okay, number five isn't serious. But I can show you cards on that if you
But this was just a few quick thoughts off the top of my head about some
possible negative arguments that could be made on a possible drug
legalization resolution. Neg ground isn't, as Dallas Perkins pointed
out, that difficult to find.
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and potential mental loss."
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