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Here’s one of the last songs I’ve written. I’ve posted a couple of videos on here recently for those who follow me which were snippets but here’s the whole thing. (sort of)

Today’s column at Rare:

“Five years of prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists,” wrote H.L. Mencken in 1925. “There is not less drunkenness in the Republic but more. There is not less crime, but more…The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished.”

Substitute “40 years” for five and “drug use” for drunkenness and Mencken’s 90-year-old words are a near perfect take on today’s war on drugs.

Taking a cue from Mencken, here are seven reasons to end the war on drugs that the last four decades have made all too clear.

The drug war is…

1. Expensive. I’m always amazed that fiscal conservatives aren’t the loudest advocates of ending the drug war, because it has been one pricey failure. Government has spent more than $1.5 trillion since 1970 trying to prevent people from doing drugs—at this point, we’re dropping as much as $51 billion each year (split among all federal, state, and local government). That’s no small chunk of change, but it might be a little less ridiculous if it weren’t so…

2. Ineffective. The war on drugs does many things (more on that below), but the one thing it doesn’t do is stop people from using drugs. After more than four decades of prohibition, the U.S. has the highest rate of illegal drug use worldwide. In fact, even as drug war spending ballooned, addiction rates have stayed steady at about 1.3 percent. By historical and international standards, the drug war simply doesn’t work. Unfortunately, the drug war isn’t only ineffective, it’s also…

Read the whole thing here.

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A few months ago, the US acted like this was the end of the world. The epidemic isn’t over yet. Where’s the coverage?

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Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, are being fined $135,000 for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

This is literally disgusting. This is what happens when the government abolishes private property rights, abolishes the right to contract, abolishes freedom of conscience and abolishes freedom of association. ALL anti-discrimination laws are sick and immoral. 

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Guy & Kieran were on BBC Radio Merseyside’s Daybreak programme with Helen Jones on Sunday 26th April, talking about why St Bride’s is called ‘radical’ and why we call ourselves ‘Creative, Progressive, Inclusive’, in respond to the Liverpool Echo feature on Wednesday 22nd April