Sunday, June 14, 2009

Stating the obvious

Yeah, I suppose it's nice that an establishment media figure such as Nicholas Kristof is pronouncing the 4-decade old war on drugs an abysmal failure, but let's face it - too many of us had been saying it was a failure for what seems like forever. I generally regard prohibitions as doomed to failure in terms of their avowed rationales. If the main purpose was to speed up the transformation of the US into a police state, then I'd say it was a howling success. As a nation, we're number one on the planet in the proportion of residents imprisoned. Not even notorious police states such as China can hold a candle to what our government has been able to do when it comes to imprisonment. You could call us a gulag nation, and be quite accurate. If you're goal is to give drug cartels a means of money laundering on the taxpayers' dime, score another one! If the goal is to destroy communities and social movements, score yet another one for the Feds. Just don't allow yourself to ever be deluded into thinking that the war on drugs was done for anything other than for raw power and profit for a select few at the expense of the rest of us.

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