David Harsanyi Celebrates Libertarian Judgmentalism



Marijuana is, for the most part, an innocuous habit. But there can be detrimental psychological and physiological effects on the human body after prolonged use. The problem is that Americans use the state as a moral compass. For libertarians, it is often frustrating to explain that advocating the decriminalization of x is not synonymous with endorsing x. The state's decriminalizing of an activity or substance doesn't transform that activity or substance into a moral, healthy or admirable one. And, writes David Harsanyi, libertarians don't have to act as if it does. You can celebrate the fact that people are free without celebrating all the dumb things those people do with their freedoms.