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Reminder from Radley Balko

The media isn’t liberal; it’s statist.

Interesting what happens when you take these two editorials [concerning medical marijuana and doctor assisted suicide] together. We can’t trust doctors and terminally ill patients to come to a decision about allowing a patient to peacefully, painlessly end his own life, because all of the experts, politicians, and elites haven’t yet decided what’s best for the patient. And we can’t let that same patient relieve his pain with marijuana, because the experts aren’t yet in agreement about the benefits of the drug (in part because the same bureaucratic structure refuses to allow the drug to be used for medical research), and in any case, because the proposed law doesn’t give nearly enough power to government to keep the drug away from people. (The Globe also endorses restricting access to prescription painkillers, by the way.)

The message the Globe editorial board is sending to people with chronic pain and terminal illness is pretty clear: Government power is far more important than your pain. So just fucking suffer.

The mainstream media cannot die quickly enough. What “serves the larger interest of the state” is meaningless. The only thing that matters is what empowers individuals to make decisions concerning their health on their own.

2012-11-06  ::  madlibertarianguy

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