Originally published on Libertas Institute, December 4, 2012.

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“The more prohibitions you have, the less virtuous people will be” (Lao-Tzu). 

“The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government” (Tacitus).

Everyone has a philosophy. The question is whether it is a good philosophy that leads to a consistent, objective, and systematic way of thinking, or a bad philosophy that leads to subjective thinking and cognitive dissonance. In a recent article published by the Sutherland Institute on the supposed evils of marijuana decriminalization, the Institute’s president, Paul Mero, demonstrates a clear case of bad philosophy, and exemplifies what is currently wrong with Utah political thinking in general.