Monday, December 05, 2005

Drunken Consent Is Still Consent

I read some pretty awful journamalism on this case, but this one seems decent. You should read the whole thing, as I think it's extremely important to know the details of these 'boundary' cases which really test the usefulness and appropriateness of our rape and drinking laws.

Was the case decided correctly? It seems so, as least legally.

It's an altogether horrible situation and I feel so bad for the girl. Sheesh.

Not to sound flippant, but we have to figure out what went wrong, and try to prevent this from happening again. I suspect this type of situation happens thousands of times each year on college campuses across America every year.

My suggested solution? Don't have one right now.

I'm reminded of Chomsky's writing on the the war on drugs in his book, Deterring Democracy. Another Chomsky account can be found in his chapter of his book What Uncle Sam Really Wants, called 'The war on (certain) drugs'. Both accounts make clear how alcohol and tobacco are the two biggest and most harmful drugs available. Don't make the mistake of thinking that tobacco and alcohol are not drugs - they U.S. government just doesn't want to help point out the idiocy, mendacity, and corruption of their 'war on drugs', so they don't tell you that alcohol and cigarettes are drugs.

Green politicians should be helping to educate people on this.

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