from Mary J Ruwart Ph.D.
When we try to bend others to our will forcibly, we usually get something very different than what we desire. Using physical force against peaceful people generates unintended consequences as they resist the choices that we make for them. Prohibition of drugs, meant to save lives, doubled the homicide rate, poisoned more people with adulterated drugs than would otherwise have died from the drugs themselves, resulted in innocents killed in turf wars, became the primary vector for the spread of AIDS, and brought pushers into our schools. Countries that have decriminalized drugs have seen violent crime plummet, overdose deaths decrease, the spread of AIDS decline, and drug use among minors fall. Sometimes less is more, especially when we are trying to bend peaceful others to our will.