Free Minds & Free Markets

Silk Road Founder Jailed, Drug Sales Up: New at Reason

People applauded when government shut down the drug website Silk Road. But online drug sales increased.

The FBI announced a big victory: they had shut down the illegal online drug market Silk Road.

They said that would prevent drug sales and save lives. A judge sentenced Ross Ulbricht, a young libertarian who created the website, to double-life plus 40 years with no chance of parole. The judge called her sentence a "warning to others.

But is it really fair to lock Ulbricht up for life? John Stossel interviews Lyn Ulbricht, Ross's mom, who says her son was just an overly-zealous libertarian who "believed in free markets and volunteerism. He's not a dangerous person."

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