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Rolling Stone reporter compares chance of victory in Afghanistan to losing U.S. drug war

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  • malcolm kyle 5 years ago

    The war on drugs is a tale of a once great and free nation which fell down a rat hole into a fantasy world riddled with peculiar and dystopian logic.

    No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safe again; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are we willing to foolishly risk our own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?

    If you support prohibition then you're doing nothing but helping evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

  • Michael O 5 years ago

    Stopping Hitler was a bad idea as well. Keeping the Butcher of Baghdad in power and able to slaughter millions is what all liberals want. We know, they sent their bus loads of imbeciles to protect him. More traitors like the democrats that voted for war, then turned against our president, our country, and most importantly, our soldiers, is what's needed ... to destroy this country from within. As to Afghanistan ... they supported OBL and they helped murder more people the at Pearl Harbor. Be ashamed of yourself!

  • Kirk Muse 5 years ago

    The drug war is a huge bureaucracy and industry. All bureaucracies want more power and more money.

    The drug-war bureaucracy is no exception.

    The only way to achieve victory in the so called drug war is to re-legalize all of our now illegal drugs so they can be sold in licensed, regulated and taxed businesses.

    Victory is not the goal of the drug war. Victory in the drug war would mean that the drug war bureaucracy is out of business.

    Victory in the drug-war would mean that our robust prison building industry would come to a screeching halt.

    Victory in the drug-war would mean that thousands of so-called drug warriors would be looking for a job or working at quickie marts.

  • Swooper 5 years ago

    MichaelO - your comments are over the top... you misrepresent liberals or anyone that doesn't agree with your narrow point of view.

    Prohibition is a failure. Always has been, always will be. The Nimrods in DC need to pull their heads out of their anal orifices and end the disastrous 70 year war on drugs.

  • Malcolm kyle 5 years ago

    If you support prohibition then you're doing nothing but helping evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

    Under proper legalized regulation, most drug users will not be scoring from criminal street dealers but will instead obtain their drugs from licensed retailers, specialist" pharmacists, or, in the case of verified medical conditions, by prescription. Drugs prohibition will likely be replaced with a system of regulated and controlled markets. Government regulation and control, not the free for all we have at present, will be the norm once more.

  • Malcolm kyle 5 years ago

    Pragmatic libertarians (minimal-statists) and "true" Conservatives agree that many, if not most, of society's problems are caused by government usurping choices that could better be made by individuals and that government is just about the worst way of doing almost anything. Where libertarianism normally parts company with "fake" conservatism is over moral issues. But a true conservative would have no problem with agreeing, that what people do with their own bodies, and especially in the privacy of their own home, should be supremely their business, and that anything else would entail ignoring the basic tenet of limited government.

    During alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over turf. A fortune was wasted on enforcement that could have gone on treatment. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs, billions in taxes were lost. Finally the economy collapsed

  • malcolm kyle 5 years ago

    The whole point, is that prohibition causes massive crime and suffering, causes government/police corruption, causes America to have the highest prison population of any country in the history of the planet, causes Americans to lose all their rights and all their true values, causes the waste of trillions in taxpayer dollars, causes wars, causes violence and death in other countries, causes America to be hated by other countries, funds criminals, funds terrorists, causes the people who use drugs to be instant criminals who have to spend 100x the money for an inferior, adulterated, impure, unmeasured and thus unsafe product. Drug prohibition was started as a policy of racism and it perpetuates racism to this very day.

    Wake up guys! The prisons are bursting! The police are corrupt! Most of you are not even safe in your own homes anymore! The whole country is on the verge of total financial collapse!

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