franco b wrote:
I didn't realize it was so bad compared to other countries.
Is our country too permissive or too repressive? Is it drugs that are responsible?
How would Libertarianism improve things?
It's far too repressive. We're more repressive than other places we label repressive.
A "small l" libertarian believes everyone has a right to live life free from force and fraud.
At the end of the day, those are the only "real" crimes. Assault, rape, murder, robbery, etc are all uses of force against an individual.
Fraud is lying to achieve an outcome. Such as removing your money or other property from you by misrepresenting myself or others.
Drug use/possession isn't a crime because it doesn't do either of those two things. Now if you steal from me to pay for your drug habit, that's a different story.
But mere possession is not a crime.
Same with prostitution. It's a business transaction between two consenting parties. In the case of "sex slavery", well then, that's the use of force against an individual and is therefore a crime.
What is and isn't a crime becomes pretty simple if you look at it from that perspective.