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Criminal Law and The War on Drugs
“These records of wars, intrigues, factions, and revolutions, are so many collections of experiments, by which the politician or moral philosopher fixes the principles of his science, in the same manner as the physician or natural philosopher becomes acquainted with the nature of plants, minerals, and other external objects, by the experiments which he forms concerning them.” (David Hume.)2
“Our long armed and hairy ancestors had no idea of redress beyond vengeance, or of justice beyond mere individual reprisal.”3
To determine what constitutes criminal law, is, as one learned judge has opined, “a work of art, it is something that may be easier to recognize than define …”4 I shall venture to say, that, when a person commits a crime that person commits a breach of faith with the community in which that person lives. In such an event the community, as a collective whole, in a self protective act, will assert itself against the criminal.5 Criminal law is a method of enabling men to live together in a community in spite …