Today’s Discussion Prompts (Choose ONE to address in detail)
- Explain the utilitarian argument for drug decriminalization. Do you find this argument to be persuasive? Why or why not?
- Explain the rights-based argument for drug decriminalization. Do you find this argument to be persuasive? Why or why not?
- Explain the paternalism objection to drug control. How does de Marneffe respond to this objection? Do you find his response satisfying? Why or why not?
- In what ways are alcohol and tobacco similar to other drugs? In what ways are they different? What does de Marneffe’s think about the legality of alcohol and tobacco?
Begin by posting ONE original written response to the questions in the prompt consisting of a minimum of 2-4 paragraphs (each paragraph should contain between 3-5 sentences). Be sure to read the prompt carefully and respond to each part. You will be graded on specific use of evidence from the material and how well you display your understanding of the readings and overall theme. You must cite the page numbers from the sources in your answers every time you refer to ideas from the source. The citation simply involves putting the author’s last name and page # in parentheses after each sentence or paragraph that refers to a specific part of the source. You will be graded on how clearly and completely you convey your understanding of the primary sources.