1/28/2010 – The War on Drugs Debate


The Philodemic enjoyed a rich and engaging discussion this week over “Resolved: America’s War on Drugs should end.” Mr. Peter Grace’s affirmation keynote laid out both utilitarian and constitutionalist criticisms of the current War on Drugs, while Mr. Will Downes countered in his negation keynote that drugs are a threat to freedom and humanity. From the floor, Mr. Harbour sagely advised that the society not be deluded into misinterpreting this debate as one over legalization, when in reality it merits discussion of the specific policies constituting the US War on Drugs. From President Wagner’s connection of the War on Terror to the War on Drugs to Mr. Cantirino’s fiery reminder of the fusion of body and soul to Mr. Medina’s memorable declaration “I like drugs!”, the society burst with enthusiasm for this controversial subject.

Ultimately, the society affirmed the resolution by a vote of 25 to 15.

Please join us in the Philodemic Room on Thursday, February 4 at 8 pm to debate “Resolved: The message of the Sermon on the Mount is absurd.” See the Philodemic Society group on Facebook for more information.



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