Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use

Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use


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The nationally syndicated columnist and Reason magazine editor presents a damning portrait of how politicized government agencies, antidrug activists, and a naïve national media have exaggerated the public's fears of the harmful effects of recreational drugs.

Jacob Sullum goes beyond the debate on legalization or the proper way to win the "war on drugs," to the heart of a social and individual defense of using drugs. Saying Yes argues that the all-or-nothing thinking that has long dominated discussions of illegal drug use should give way to a wiser, subtler approach exemplified by the tradition of moderate drinking. Saying Yes further contends that the conventional understanding of addiction, portraying it as a kind of chemical slavery in which the user's values and wishes do not matter, is also fundamentally misleading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585423187
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,098,748
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

About the Author

Jacob Sullum is the author of For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health. He is a senior editor at Reason and a syndicated columnist with Creator's Syndicate. Sullum's weekly column appears in newspapers across the country. His work has also appeared in Cigar Aficionado, National Review, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times.

Table of Contents

Author's Note3
Introduction: The Silent Majority7
Chapter 1Chemical Reactions31
Chapter 2Strong Drink54
Chapter 3Going Nowhere100
Chapter 4Crazy, Man136
Chapter 5Random Sex Acts168
Chapter 6Killer Drugs192
Chapter 7Too Good221
Chapter 8Body and Soul249
Conclusion: Managing Moderation271
About the Author339

What People are Saying About This

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"Jacob Sullum dismantles the antidrug messages." —The New Yorker
"A welcome departure from the choreographed war on drugs." —The Washington Post

Dave Barry

Jacob Sullum has produced a thoughtful, sane, and logical analysis of our drug laws. Is that even legal?

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Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
manyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has completely changed my perspective on the U.S. War on Drugs. As a kid I went to a Just Say No rally with Kirk Cameron and Nancy Reagon. I believed that heroin is addictive after one use. I saw crack eat up South Central Los Angeles.Or so I thought.Sullum believes not only believes in legalizing drugs but also that drugs can be used by adults for pleasure...and it's ok.Why are alcohol and tobacco legal while marijuana is not? Is one truly worse for you than the other?This is a well-researched, easy to read book. I think everyone should read it.
nai000ian More than 1 year ago
Great book. Intelligent perspective. Solid thoughts. Open minded. I've really enjoyed reading it. It was good from cover to cover.