Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Derek Fincham draws some parallels between the "war on drugs" and antiquities-looting policies:

"One of the weaknesses with prohibitionism is it restricts supply, without taking account of the potential demand. This makes the targeted trade ... more profitable, allowing better, more sophisticated tactics to evade law enforcement. There's a good argument I think that some prohibition helps create and incentivize large-scale criminal operations and organized crime networks."