July 7, 2014
On Drugs, the U.S. Really Is Exceptional
Maia Szalavitz, Pacific Standard
We Americans like to think of ourselves as exceptional, the land of the free and the home of the brave, the City on the Hill and all that. When it comes to the politics and culture of drugs, we are indeed special—or at least dramatically different from the rest of the Western world. Too often, however, we are special for the wrong reasons.