Sex Drugs & Democracy

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The Netherlands is a social paradise, according to documentarian Jonathan Banks. Prostitution is legal, homosexual marriages are recognized, universal health care and housing are provided by the government, and the personal use of marijuana, hashish, and heroine is tolerated with government control. Also, it has minimal problems with crime and drug addiction, and it has […]

The Netherlands is a social paradise, according to documentarian Jonathan Banks. Prostitution is legal, homosexual marriages are recognized, universal health care and housing are provided by the government, and the personal use of marijuana, hashish, and heroine is tolerated with government control. Also, it has minimal problems with crime and drug addiction, and it has the lowest rates of teen pregnancy and abortion in the world. This blunt, shot-on-video tribute is more cheerleading than investigative journalism, and perhaps a little suspect. Banks relies on the statistics and claims provided by his subjects–government officials, businesspeople, and Dutch citizens–without bothering to corroborate them. Yet it’s an eye-opening portrait in practical universal freedom as social policy that, despite claims by conservative doomsayers, seems to have been working for years. –Sean Axmaker

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