Europeans accuse Americans of being childocentric, and I guess I'd have to plead guilty. My nine-year-old daughter is the apple of my eye. I want her to live in a society that is moral and free, that looks as much as possible like the old American Republic, unsubverted by the welfare-warfare state and its allied cultural and religious apostasy.
As a paleo-libertarian, I don't see the government as useful in achieving this.
That does not mean I approve of everything I wouldn't outlaw. I see the traditional family as the essential building block of society, so I wish Elizabeth Taylor hadn't married nine times. But I wouldn't put her in jail for it.
I worry about drugs and children, but I'm convinced that when kids don't become addicts—and the vast majority outside of certain impoverished areas do not—it has everything to do with parents and religion, and little to do with the accessibility. Even in my quiet town, drugs are available to any young person who wants them, despite the police and the federal War on Drugs.
The choice is not between a society that is drug-free or drug-ridden. We have the latter already, despite billions in spending, thousands of agents, and hundreds of restrictions on our personal and financial liberties. Instead the choice is between a society where these problems are exacerbated by government, and one where they are not. (In...