The world is full of boycotts. Animal rights activists are boycotting everything from mink coats to veal and foie gras. The Palestinians and their allies are boycotting goods made in Israeli settlements on the West Bank and in the Golan Heights. Workers’ rights activists are boycotting clothes made in sweatshops. Human rights activists are boycotting whole countries — and the United States of America is boycotting Cuba. When I was a kid we boycotted table grapes from California to support Cesar Chavez and the agricultural workers in California; closer to home, we boycotted racially segregated movie theaters, restaurants and swimming pools.
Boycotts can be profoundly meaningful and morally compelling; they can also be pointless and trivial. But there is one boycott I wish would catch on among Hollywood actors, college activists and idealists of all ages: a boycott of the international industry in illegal drugs.