As many of you know we had a tragedy in the extended Cat family with Aliice’s 21-year old son dying in November. Daniel died after consuming a product he had bought over the internet using Bitcoin. The death of a child must be every parent’s worst nightmare.
As part of a long exchange of emails, this is what I said the Aliice:
Here is the thing; your son isn’t dead because he paid for drugs using bitcoin; he is dead because he overdosed on drugs. The notion that drugs trade in a free market is simply wrong. Those sorts of drugs are illegal – that is the greatest form of intervention government has at its disposal.
So be angry – but primarily be angry with your son, with the people who sold him the stuff that killed him, with his friends who didn’t do enough to save him.
Professor Bunyip has had experience with this very situation.
… over the next 15 years the Professor became a polished hand at delivering eulogies, which is quite the art. There you are at the lectern, dead cobber stretched out before you in a pine box, and his mom staring from the front pew with that peculiar eye. They all had it, all the grieving mums, the look that said, ‘Why didn’t you stop him? Why didn’t you do something?’ Instead,rather than make a show of squirming, you would vamp and try to recall the sunbeams in a life gone dark – the day you snagged your first trout with his borrowed rod, for instance, and how good it tasted – and babble on with pap and crap until it was time for the organ music to kick back in. After that, off to the cemetery and more cold burns from a mother’s eyes. Did you help him score, they wanted to know? It was the question that could never be asked out loud, not with any hope of a truthful answer.
Young Daniel probably died from the impurities in the drug that he consumed. To my mind that is an argument for legalisation and then reputable companies with quality control standards manufacturing and distributing recreational drugs. Here I make that argument in the context of plain packaging:
The argument seems to be that all cigarettes are equally bad for you. But that isn’t true. Some cigarettes are worse – illegal tobacco has worse health indicators than legal tobacco.
There are other arguments for and against recreational drugs – I suspect they will be aired in the comments.
In the meantime Aliice is organising a petition to restrict the use of Bitcoin.
I’ve started the petition “Tony Abbott: Stop all our banks accommodating BITCOIN transactions.” and need your help to get it off the ground.
Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here’s the link:
Here’s why it’s important:
Please stop BITCOIN in Australia because our youth are using this method to buy drugs from online sites across the globe. The drug sellers are mushrooming becausing BITCOIN is operating a tumbler style of making the ultimate recipient of the drug money untraceable. Our children are dying. Children in the US are dying. Please support this petition because I have just lost my twenty one year old son to the online drug trade. Its not the little fish the police need to go after. First stop BITCOIN from hiding these criminals. Make it illegal for any Australian financial institution to deal with BITCOIN accounts. Without the might and IT expertise of BITCOIN these criminals who despatch toxic substances can not hide themselves. The beautiful kind hearted boy in this photo has died before he should have. This petition has been written by his mother.
You can sign my petition by clicking here.
I am not convinced that Bitcoin facilitates crime per se. That is just my view – readers may agree with Aliice. If so, give some thought to her petition.