“[M]ankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed...”
One of the most pertinent sentences in one of the greatest political tracts ever written. And probably an explanation of the failure, on the part of so many western governments, to admit that drug prohibition has gone wrong, and to revise their approach in due accordance with the evidence before their eyes.
Maybe, just maybe, it’s not a blind support, nor fear of the tabloid press and the effect on subsequent elections, that keeps the failed policy in place.
Maybe it’s simple inertia.