Libertarians must constantly battle with statists to show how much government activity is counter-productive, pointless, stupid and wrong. But sometimes issues come along that are such obvious examples of government stupidity that no argument is needed.
In the UK recently the government paid nearly 200 prisoners for forcing them to give up the use of illegal drugs in jail.
Specifically, the complaint was that giving up drugs “cold turkey” (ie no phase out, no treatment) amounted to torture and was a violation of their human rights. The jailbirds took the case to court and according to the South China Morning Post the government settled for 750,000 pounds (A$1,850,000). Amazing.