At Townhall.com, John Stossel repeats the myth of absolute self ownership.
Independent of that harm, adults ought to own our own bodies, so it’s not intellectually honest to argue that “only marijuana” should be legal — and only for certain sick people approved by the state. Every drug should be legal.
Christopher Lasch touches upon this topic in The Revolt of the Elites And Betrayal of Democracy :
The temptation to withdraw into an exclusive world of their own was countered by a lingering awareness, which in some circles survived even the riotous self-indulgence of the Gilded Age, that “all have derived benefits from their ancestors,” as Horace Mann put it in 1846, and that therefore, “all are bound, as by an oath, to transmit those benefits, even in an improved condition, to posterity.” Only an “isolated, solitary being, … having no relations to a community around him,” could subscribe to the arrogant doctrine of absolute ownership,” according to Mann, who spoke not only for himself but for a considerable body of opinion in the older cities, in much of New England, and in New England’s cultural dependencies in the Old Northwest.
Christopher Lasch, The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1995) 4-5
The individual is the final product of the confluence of his genes and the discourses he is immersed in. He is a link in a social and genetic chain that extends throughout his community and into the past and the future. Where is the intellectual honesty in claiming absolute self ownership when we are dependent upon others for the elements of our own identities?