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Gavin R. Putland is a former research officer for Prosper Australia. The opinions expressed in his contributions are his own.

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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 15, 2011
The Universally Unconstitutional War on Drugs (3rd edition) The reversal of the onus of proof in drug possession cases is incompatible with the rule of law, and is therefore unconstitutional in all jurisdictions. Through its effect on prices, it perpetuates the problem that it is supposed to solve.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 26, 2010
The worst drug-criminals are legislators An Australian court finds that the existing drug laws, by reversing the onus of proof, violate the presumption of innocence. But all convictions stand. To any legislator who willingly allows the reverse onus of proof to continue, I say: May it please God that you become a victim of it.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 3, 2008
Still on the mountaintop: Economically rational racism Given that the economy is managed so that a certain percentage of people must be losers, the majority stands to gain by ensuring that the losers are selected not from its own ranks, but from the ranks of some already disadvantaged minority. That's why, forty years after Dr. King's "mountaintop" speech, Black Americans still haven't reached the Promised Land. The solution is to minimize the need for losers. Here's how.