Anthony Gregory


Anthony Gregory, Research Editor at the Independent Institute, discusses the arguments bound to convince social conservatives that ending the War on Drugs – if not outright legalization – is the best course of action; why a free society would choose family/community solutions to social problems (like drug addiction) instead of creating a police state that makes everything worse; getting the federal government out of the drug business and letting states regulate, like they do with alcohol and tobacco; why drug potency tends to increase during times of prohibition; and why ending the War on Drugs would be among the greatest advances to individual liberty imaginable.

MP3 here. (19:57)

Anthony Gregory is a research analyst at the Independent Institute,  moderator of the Beacon, policy adviser to the Future of Freedom Foundation and columnist for He guest edits Strike the Root. His writing has appeared in such places as the Christian Science Monitor San Diego Union Tribune,, the Journal of Libertarian Studies, Counterpunch, the American Conservative, Liberty Magazine, the Mises Institute blog, the Stress Blog, The Libertarian Enterprise and Liberty and Power, as well as in textbooks, journals and other outlets, and has been translated in several languages.

He wrote for Michael Badnarik’s 2004 campaign. He got his B.A. in history at UC Berkeley in 2003, where he wrote his thesis on the 1993 Waco disaster. He sings and plays in a rock band, the Melatones, and is an Eagle Scout. He gives talks frequently and is now writing an Independent Institute book on habeas corpus, detention policy and individual liberty.

4 thoughts on “Anthony Gregory”

  1. There is no war on drugs anymore – the drug dealers won.

    How embarrassing, all of the thousands of "professionals" still running around like keystone cops – their continued efforts are totally insignificant, because they have absolutely no effect on the availability of drugs in America. The bad guys won, thanks to the American users of course. The war has ended, get over it and get a life.

    Has anyone estimated how many billions of dollars in tax revenues our government is missing out on by not legalizing drugs? If you add the tax revenues with the savings in law enforcement, it looks like we could solve a lot of problems in America. We could put all of those drug law enforcement guys into jobs maintaining our physical infrastructure, which is crumbling around us.

  2. MJ must be illegal. Otherwise how would PhRMA sell all those ineffective but highly profitable painkillers and buy the U.S. prez.

    Also, without illegal drugs how would the CIA fund its covert ops.

  3. Alcohol consumption and alcohol-related deaths doubled during Prohibition. The government even poisoned industrial alcohol so people wouldn't use it for drinking. Estimated 10,000 people died from consuming this poison. This shit has been going on a long time. Deborah Blum, "The Chemists' War" Feb 2010.

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