The war on drugs provides a good example of the power of ideas. Twenty years ago, it was mostly libertarians who were challenging this war and calling for it to be ended. Today, people from all walks of life, including law enforcement officers and judges, are calling for an end to the horribly immoral and destructive war on drugs. And the people of two states — Colorado and Washington — recently approved the legalization of marijuana. In the early 1990s, I would appear on numerous radio talk shows. I knew that the surefire way to light up the phone lines was to call for an end to the drug war. People were shocked at the notion that drugs should be legalized. The April 1990 issue of our monthly journal, Freedom Daily (now called Future of Freedom) was devoted to the drug war. It is still worth reading Milton Friedman’s Open Letter to U.S. drug czar Bill Bennett, which had been published in the Wall Street Journal and which we reprinted in that issue of our journal. Today, everything has changed. No one is shocked over the drug-legalization position. While many people still cannot accept it, everyone knows that it is a legitimate position that is being discussed and debated all over the world. Mainstream newspapers all across America are unafraid to publish op-eds and editorials calling for an end to the drug war and do, in fact, publish such articles on a regular basis. It’s really just a matter of time before the war is abandoned at the federal level. The two groups that are most insistent on the war’s continuation are federal officials and drug lords, which are, not coincidentally, the two groups that benefit most from the war. Both groups know that they would be out of business immediately if drugs were legalized. CONTINUE . . .