I've always been pro legalization of drugs. All drugs! It would reduce crime, mass incarceration, and save a ton of money. Also, people should be allowed to do whatever they want to their own bodies. More recently, I have come to realize that legalizing wouldn't solve the largest problem of all: why people get addicted in the first place. It would just make it easier for people that are addicted to obtain more and more drugs, potentially leading them to an earlier OD.
Yeah, I go back 'n' forth on how much the care (or lack thereof) of young minds is at the root of most of society's problems. It isn't valued, as a discipline, yet, but norms seem to change at the human-lifetime scale, so I'm hopeful (today).
What do you mean by care of young minds? Are you talking about strictly psychological care or something more tangible such as UBI or a guaranteed job?
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Deliberate, humble, knowledge-backed (absolutely ), consistent (at scale; not immutable), loving parenting. Mostly. So, yeah, psychological. I'm not saying there aren't other factors: just that I honestly believe that damaged minds play an underestimated role in much of what we'd like to change about any significant gathering of people.