William F. Buckley, pretty much the founder of the conservative movement, spoke about "emancipating ourselves from the superstition that that which is legal is for that reason something we approve of" in a 1988 ABC TV special, publicly debated liberal Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) in 1991 on drug legalization, then he argued before the New York Bar Association in favor of drug legalization, and then again in 2004 wrote for the National Review on marijuana legalization.
We have, at the very least, a span of 16 years of Mr. Buckley on record questioning the status quo in regards to the drug war.
Thomas Sowell, no conservative lightweight and quite the opposite, has argued in favor of drug legalization.
And finally, Walter Williams, another conservative intellectual, has argued in favor of the very same thing in The Freeman magazine.
All of these men are conservative giants.
And while people tend to place Thomas Sowell (he called himself a libertarian in a Salon interview) and Walter Williams (he said he's a Jeffersonian Liberal) in the libertarian tradition, which may be rightly deserved, no one can say that William F. Buckley is a libertarian (Well, except for Buckley himself).
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