Last updated on: 5/15/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Economist, The Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Marijuana is medically useful, whether politicians like it or not.”

“Reefer Madness” June 27, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
   Media and Academic Journals
Mainstream print, broadcast, radio, and internet media entities such as the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, National Public Radio, Slate.com, Seattlepi.com, etc., as well as influential academic journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Foreign Policy, etc.
Description:

“A political, literary and general newspaper… Since 1928, half the shares have been owned by the Financial Times, a subsidiary of Pearson, the other half by a group of independent shareholders, including many members of the staff. The editor’s independence is guaranteed by the existence of a board of trustees, which formally appoints him and without whose permission he cannot be removed.”

“About Us,” The Economist website (accessed Sep. 20, 2007)

Mission:

“Established in 1843 to campaign on one of the great political issues of the day, The Economist remains, in the second half of its second century, true to the principles of its founder. James Wilson, a hat maker from the small Scottish town of Hawick, believed in free trade, internationalism and minimum interference by government, especially in the affairs of the market. Though the protectionist Corn Laws which inspired Wilson to start The Economist were repealed in 1846, the newspaper has lived on, never abandoning its commitment to the classical 19th-century Liberal ideas of its founder.”

“About Us,” The Economist website (accessed Sep. 20, 2007)

Other:
UK weekly publication