How the War on Drugs is a War on Class
Tons of empirical data linking the War on Drugs to the growing level of economic disparity in America, especially along racial lines: How the War on Drugs is a War On Class.
In a nutshell the same year the Rockefeller Drug Laws were passed, ’73, is the exact same year the income gap between black folk and white folk began to widen again instead of narrowing as it had been. Everything else flows from there: disparities in real estate lending rates and foreclosures, wealth disparities, and our imploding prison system.
The “War On Drugs” is counterproductive on so many levels. The damage this “war” does to our society is almost incalculable, far greater than any damage drug use could do. Thanks for the link. Here is another.
Yes, Yes, and yes….to both of you.
IMHO, the so-called war on drugs is the most wasteful, and unsuccessful “program” ever undertaken by our government. But then, it fits right in there with other wars of memory, that we have lost, i.e. Vietnam, Iraq, and probably soon to be Afghanistan.
Instead of chasing around all over the place hauling otherwise innocent people to jail, often exposing them to hardened criminals, they ought to be focusing all that attention on the real criminals, who are out to do real wrong to others in our society.
The so-called war on drugs is just as a big a failure as was prohibition.
Talk about a government having its priorities screwed up……this is just more evidence of it, IMHO.
I agree, the world would bea much better/safer place imho if many types of drugs were legalized.
I agree it’s a failure from our perspective. but not from the perspective of those that pushed it. if their goal was to corrode society, militarize police, rip apart communities, drive the class wedge, expand the racial divide, they’ve done quite well with the war on drugs.
So far, five countries in Latin America have started liberalising their anti-drugs laws. Mexico is the most radical, allowing personal-use quantities not only of cannabis, but also of LSD, cocaine, amphetamine and heroin.
The former president of Brasil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, predicted in a recent essay that Brasil — the largest Latin American country, with about 200 million people — will be next to abandon the war on drug users.
It’s not just that the obsolete Nixon/Rockefeller War on Drugs is barbaric and corrupt. Even more worrying is that in so many fields, from drugs policy to health care to monetary reform, the U.S. has forfeited its spirit of innovation and intellectual leadership. Bold policy changes now originate elsewhere in the world, often the developing world.
All the self-congratulatory ‘world’s only superpower’ chatter after 1989 turned out to be very debilitating. Twenty years later, Uncle Sam is a paunchy, washed-up boxer, who still fantasizes he’s the ‘Champion of the World’ as his minder changes his Depends. Another area where there’s little policy innovation — the state education monopoly — had a lot to do with this.
Cue Marlon Brando: ‘We coulda been a contendahhh …’