Skip to comments.The War on Drugs is Immoral and Ineffective
Posted on 02/13/2013 2:23:16 PM PST by honestabe010
Despite increased efforts, manpower, and resources, the war on drugs has been a resounding failure. W.C. fields once quipped, If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. Theres no point in being a damn fool about it. Not only does the government continue to fail in its crusade against drugs, it continues to perpetrate a policy of immense immorality. It has been over forty years since President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs. What do we have to show for it? The United States has wasted over one trillion dollars, caused incarceration rates to exceed that of the Gulag Archipelago under Stalin, discriminated heavily against African-Americans, propped up the drug cartels, and allowed drug profits to flow into the pockets of al-Qaeda and other such terrorist groups.
The biggest success in the war on drugs has been the protection of drug cartels profits. In a standard legalized business, there are countless importers and exporters of a particular good. However, due to drug raids and seizures, the price of maintaining an operation has been driven up, forcing out small time distributors. This allows the only viable distributors to be those with enough money and resources to avoid interdiction efforts. These are the highly violent drug cartels that are flush with cash. By keeping goods out and arresting local distributors, the government keeps the price of these drugs up. What else could a monopolist want?
From 1776 to 1914, drugs were mostly legal on a federal and local level. What was so wrong with that period of time? Alcohol prohibition clearly failed, creating a black market for alcohol, resulting in organized crime fueled by the likes of Al Capone. Drug prohibition in the United States has created the monsters known as drug cartels...
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The War on Morality is immoral but very effective
there is nothing good to say about drugs
You can say the same thing about the war on poverty.
Excellent, thanks for posting this.
Nor about the War on Drugs.
Drugs are bad. The war on some drugs are worse.
The “war” against ending any criminal activity is ineffective, and often immoral. Does that mean we shouldn’t arrest and prosecute gang members, rapists, pedophiles, thieves, white-collar criminals, or murderers? This is a stupid argument.
Two-thirds of murders are solved - a success rate surely several orders of magnitude higher than the rate at which drug "crimes" are even detected.
and often immoral.
Does that mean we shouldnt arrest and prosecute gang members, rapists, pedophiles, thieves, white-collar criminals, or murderers?
Unlike drug "crimes," those crimes have actual victims.
Same ol hippy clap trap.
Times Square Gossip — sounds about right.
there is nothing good to say about drugs
Do you have something good to say about freedom? The War on Drugs is the #1 reason why our 4th Amendment rights have basically evaporated. And for what?
Oh, and while we're on the topic, how did our 2nd Amendment rights save us from this? This is another thing that's annoying me recently: the idea that the 2nd Amendment is some kind of magic that preserves our other rights. If you're resorting to that, you've already screwed up. The people who let the War on Drugs erode our basic rights screwed up.
From wikipedia...."Registered sponsors for the measure include: John McKay, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington; Pete Holmes, Seattle city attorney; Kim Marie Thorburn MD and MPH, former director of the Spokane Regional Health District; and travel writer Rick Steves. Other sponsors include state representative for the 36th district Mary Lou Dickerson, immediate past president of the Washington State Bar Association Salvador A. Mungia, past president of the Washington State Bar Association Mark Johnson, former King County health official Robert W. Wood MD, University of Washington School of Social Work professor emeritus Roger Roffman DSW, and Alison Holcomb, campaign director for New Approach Washington, "on loan from" the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.'
..."The mayor and entire city council of Seattle support I-502, as does the King County sheriff. Former narcotics deputy and candidate for King County sheriff John Urquhart, saying "the war on drugs has been an abject failure"."
Don't be one of those folks and the problem is solved.
Libertarian Utopians are stupid.
They want all drugs legal for all people, right? Kids too, since to liberdopians they are just little adults. No age of consent is a retarded idea.
There are reasonable arguments for somehow changing the approach to drugs made by reasonable people.
This article is not one of them and is more hippy clap trap.
“From 1776 to 1914, drugs were mostly legal on a federal and local level. What was so wrong with that period of time? Alcohol prohibition clearly failed”
Drugs were mainly not invented or discovered nor known or available during most of this time period.
By the turn of the century knowledge of them and their availability had become such that laws in 1906 and 1914 were put in place in reaction.
And prohibition didn’t occur until 1919. The author doesn’t know how to even think straight to make an argument.
“there is nothing good to say about drugs”
They’re palliative. They’re socially useful. They provide good entertainment.
There, that’s three things.
Two words, ‘opium dens’.
They want all drugs legal for all people, right?
No. They want marijuana legalized for the same people who are legal to drink alcohol. Other drugs can be dealt with in ways that are specific to the harm they cause.