Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman, (1912-2006) Nobel Prize-winning economist, economic advisor to President Ronald Reagan, "ultimate guru of the free-market system"

Milton Friedman Quote

“Legalizing drugs would simultaneously reduce the amount of crime and also the quality of law enforcement. Can you conceive of any other measure that would accomplish so much to promote law and order?”

Milton FriedmanMilton Friedman
~ Milton Friedman

May 1, 1972, Newsweek

Ratings and Comments

jim k, Austin, Tx

If I was in charge of reducing government spending, the first order of business would be to get rid of the DEA and tha War on Drugs.

Chuck, Hudson Valley, NY

I don't get this. Is there a typo here? The way I read this, he is saying legalizing drugs would reduce the quality of law enforcement. That's not good...

cal, lewisville, tx

I hope he meant quanity Chuck.

Mike, Norwalk

Reducing the quality of law enforcement (despotism, tyranny, violent enslavement, etc.) would be a good thing. Individual sovereigns expressing inalienable rights, being responsible (individually and in concert - a more perfect union), would drastically reduce policing agencies and replace the statist theocracy that infests this land with a constitutionally representative republic at law.

Bruski, Naples FL


We miss you Milton.

Bobble, No. Ferrisburgh, VT

"...would reduce the quality of law enforcement." ???

Jim k, Austin

He meant "quality". Law enforcement quality is reduced due to some officers taking bribes to look the other way.

E Archer, NYC

If the quote is from a voice interview then maybe it's just poor sentence structure. But an interesting 'mistake' -- "reduce the quality of law enforcement" Indeed! What an Orwellian phrase 'law enforcement.' There is no such thing in a republican form of government. Who has to enforce gravity? What they really mean is 'rules enforcement' and the only rules that can be dictated are for the commercial law jurisdiction, not the common law. Most of the 'rules' do not apply to the common people. AND they make up new rules all the time, even without the authority to do so -- if they have the printing press, they can print up whatever they want. It is left to the JURIES to not enforce a bad rule.

Martin Foster, Lyttelton

Should read ----- "Legalizing drugs would simultaneously reduce the amount of crime and also RAISE the quality of law enforcement."


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