In a new Guardian op/ed Russell Brand blames Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s death on the War on Drugs which you can read in its entirely below at your leisure. But because I’ve been seeing this train of thought pop up in the comments, let me try and redirect your efforts because this is the wrong fucking battle. Yes, the War on Drugs has created an unnecessary class of criminals and specifically targets the poor and minorities, but Philip Seymour Hoffman was a rich Hollywood actor with every means at his disposal to fight addiction. And as Russell Brand even points out in his own argument, nothing was going to stop the voice in Hoffman’s head from pushing him to fill an “unfulfillable void.” I’m fully, 100% on board with the argument that the War on Drugs is goddamn asinine, but alcohol being freely available hasn’t stopped people from becoming alcoholics and/or drinking themselves to death, has it? And in the case of Philip Seymour Hoffman, would having heroin “regulated, controlled and professionally administered” really have stopped him from overdosing as Russell brand suggests? Fuck no. He’d find a way to get more, and we’d be exactly were we are now. Which, and I’m stressing this again before the Legalize! posse rolls in, doesn’t mean the War on Drugs shouldn’t be stopped in tracks. It means pick smarter arguments. Preferably ones that don’t use the pun “eMpTyV” which is the real goddamn crime here. Technically, I should’ve stopped reading after that if not been bound by British law to hunt Russell Brand with a musket. The written word used to mean something, says the man who makes dick jokes under titty pictures.