November 12th, 2004

De Quincey's Confessions

In another of my random reading fits, I grabbed De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater (which I have owned these past seven years or more but am yet to read), opened it to a page at random, and read a couple of pages. He was describing a religious service using a peculiar simile: he compared Christianity's harnessing of the human spirit to rhabdomancy. goliard was right; the man's a genius, and the reading's a joy. Alas, I will have to wait who-knows-how-many more months before finding time to indulge in reading unrelated to my studies.
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London on Legalization of Drugs

Following the arrest of Israeli mafioso Ze'ev Rosenstein in the hopes of extradition to the US on charges of drug trafficking, Yaron London writes in Ynet about the damage caused by the illegality of drugs, and suggests reconsideration of the balance of benefits and damages of the status quo versus legalization (Hebrew). One of the comments posted to the item, purportedly by a lecturer on criminology, accuses London of ignorance and stupidity (Hebrew). The lecturer's argumentation strikes me as embarrasingly weak and far less intelligent than London's in his article, and I wonder (all the time assuming it really is a criminologist writing this): is this representative of criminologist thought on drugs? If it is, I'm quite disappointed.

Can anyone offer information about what criminologists think of the matter? I don't mean specifics, and have no time to read articles on the matter, so don't bother yourself to find any for me (I could do it myself); I'm asking whether any of you happens to know a little about the state of affairs in the field of criminology in this respect, and can offer me your opinion on that comment's representativeness.
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