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Wed Feb 13, 2013, 05:05 PM

 

The War on Drugs is Immoral and Ineffective

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. There’s 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 cartel’s 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?

According to the international organization Human Rights Watch, over 25.4 million Americans have been detained for drug offenses since 1980; almost one third of those arrested were African-Americans. Furthermore, although African-American men comprise only 12 percent of the U.S. population, they represent 62 percent of drug offenders sent to state prisons. Black men are sentenced to state penitentiaries for drug-related crimes at an astonishing 13 times the rate of Caucasian men. The discrepancies are preposterously amplified in individual states where black men are sentenced to federal incarceration on drug offenses 57 times the rate of white men.

This is blatant racial discrimination of which our government should be ashamed. The United States imprisons people at the highest rate in the world. America contains only five percent of the world’s population, yet holds almost one-fourth of the earth’s inmates. It is despicable to ruin people’s lives for victimless crimes...

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libertyandjustice24 Feb 2013 OP
Warpy Feb 2013 #1
msongs Feb 2013 #2
Phlem Feb 2013 #3
duhneece Feb 2013 #4
pgallahue May 2013 #5
RainDog May 2013 #6

Response to libertyandjustice24 (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 05:16 PM

1. It was a way to make sure civil rights legislation would fail

because they knew people of color would get the book thrown at them while white kids "from nice families" would largely skate. That's exactly what has happened in the last 40 years.

The drug war is also unconstitutional. They had to base it all on tax law.

The whole body of law that's come about due to the drug war, including massive abuses like no-knock warrants and property forfeiture, should be stricken from the books en masse.

The whole notion of the "victimless crime" is incompatible with any society that dares to call itself free.

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Response to libertyandjustice24 (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 05:27 PM

2. goldmine for the police/prison industry aided by our elected officials nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 05:42 PM

3. I was just going to say that.

an ever flowing cornucopia of cash.

Hey I know, lets privatize all of the police and prison establishments yea. That'll cut costs and make jobs!

So sick of this shiot!

-p

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 06:02 PM

4. And the drug war helps the pharmaceutical & alcohol industries

I am more vocal about the failed war on drugs.

I suggest anyone seriously opposed & wanting to do more, attend the International Drug Policy Reform Conference. I'm poor, but applied for a scholarship, saved for over a year & went. Of course, you can watch all of break-out sessions on video.
The next one is in Denver Oct 2013 & scholarship info hasn't been announced yet.
http://www.reformconference.org/

It is SO worth it.

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Response to libertyandjustice24 (Original post)

Tue May 28, 2013, 07:39 AM

5. But change is in the air!

Fortunately the movement for reform seems increasingly inevitable! It's hard to know exactly what kind of reform we'll we'll get, but the debate has begun.

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Tue May 28, 2013, 02:10 PM

6. k&r n/t

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