“Drug addiction cannot be cured if the fear of not consuming drugs is greater than the willpower to quit doing drugs.”- Dr T.P.Chia . Johan J. Goldstein can be compared to this quote by giving the drugs to the addicts because it is safer for society. His arguments show the Emotional, Ethical and Rational appeal in order to capture our attention.
He starts off with an ethical engaging story about how the detectives caught forty nine men and forty three of them were narcotics addicts. It is plausible to believe that half of the crimes in New York City are done by drug addicts in order to get the money they need for their narcotics. Johan uses the strategy of credibility, when he says “The $50 a day addict must steal $250- $300 in merchandise daily to support his habit and when you catch him it costs $15 a day of tax revenues to keep him alive in jail” This just means that it is safer when he/she has his narcotics, than stealing and harming other people.
Secondly, Johan uses Rational appeal in order to back up his statements. In one instance he made reference to Dr. Herbert Burger: “His problem is that tolerance for the stuff increases. You should give him enough to keep him comfortable the way you give the diabetic enough insulin to maintain his blood sugar level”. Goldstein is a judge which has experience; he knows what’s happening around his surroundings. In another instance
Thirdly, another appeal used is the emotional one, which he uses often in the paper. But there was one that stood out which was when he claimed to be a smoker in paragraph 12, “ I smoke cigars. Now that I’m eighty I’ve cut down, by only smoking only one at a time, I know it’s bad for me. And if you don’t smoke, are you going to live forever? What are they going to do about smoking- Make it a crime?” He makes this statement because in order to stop crime, he would give the drugs to the addicts even if it harmed them. It would also help society too. He also states that he can’t see...
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