“Drug-war conservatives are better than Marxists,” but not that much better:
While conservative drug warriors want to punish people for (in their view) hurting themselves, Marxists want to punish people for bettering themselves and creating jobs (because making money is evil and hiring people is exploitative). So, while both want to criminalize private consensual activities, the Marxists’ goal is to kill the economy entirely, while the conservatives’ goal is to make the people’s lives more miserable for wanting relief from misery, while creating economic opportunities for lawbreakers.
Rock. Hard place. Choose one.
But why do I have to keep having to choose between the two?
Because they have a common enemy, and that common enemy is Everybody Else.