Does the War on People Who Use Certain Kinds of Drugs Have Anything to Do with This?
Cross posted on The Trebach Report
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Keith Halderman - 3/1/2008
I agree with your analysis.
Anthony Gregory - 2/29/2008
Surely, the US gulag system is largely a product of the drug war, with about 1/4 of the inmates in there for drugs. But there is more to the problem than that. Americans are addicted to the idea of throwing people in prison, and to the short-term, concentrated economic benefits of the prison-industrial complex. If we took the 2 million or so people behind bars and really looked at how many should be there, rather than either left alone in peace or, in many cases, compelled to pay restitution to their victims — if we whittled it down to the truly dangerous people for whom there is no better solution than sticking them in a cage – I bet we'd be looking at a tenth the number of prisoners, if not less. The whole system has got to go, along with the police state. Ending the war on drugs is absolutely necessary to restoring liberty and civil society, but, at this point, it is unfortunately not sufficient.
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