The "War on Drugs" vs. the Sovereign Individual




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Cancer is a political problem more than it is a medical problem.

How do illegal drugs enter the USA, given all the police and customs officials determined to keep them out? By some estimates, the CIA is responsible for importing 50% to 75% of the illegal drugs. The CIA then sells to local distribution networks run by the Mafia and others.

Drugs in your neighborhood courtesy of the  CIA?

 "Belgium to Soften Canabis Policy." - BBC, January 20, 2001.

Holland's open drug policy. ABC News, May 19, 2001.

"This weekend Scotland's drugs minister has officially declared that the 30-year war on drugs is over." - Sunday Herald March 10, 2002.

55 percent of federal prisoners serving time for drug offenses, and only 11 percent for violent crimes.

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The "War on Drugs" vs. The Sovereign Individual 

By John Pugsley

In a democracy, political power is expanded through the gradual but relentless attrition of individual freedoms, an effect the state accomplishes by persuading citizens that their security and well-being depend on letting government take over the provision of services and resources. The withering of personal liberties in the United States during the past century provides an example of this insidious process. 

In 1913, the idea of securing bank depositors against loss during bank "panics" led to the justification for the Federal Reserve takeover of the monetary system by the federal bureaucrats. That same year, the Sixteenth Amendment instituting the income tax, the necessary key to funding government programs, was promoted under the banner that the amendment "is vital to the safety and security of the Republic."

Money growth by the Fed during the "Roaring Twenties" brought the 1929 crash and the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt convinced the public that it needed protection from the free market. When people tried to protect themselves by withdrawing their gold, he closed the banks and outlawed gold, then instituted the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to regulate securities and started massive government welfare programs, to be financed, of course, by government spending. One by one, each program promising protection and security created new problems. Each new problem justified the need for further government curtailment of personal freedoms. But the worst was yet to come.

In recent decades, the most pernicious, disastrous, and sickeningly successful of all expansions of government power has been sold to the masses under the rubric of protecting the young and innocent from non-prescription drugs. The "War on Drugs" has become the perfect excuse for an all-out attack on your individual sovereignty. Under the guise of fighting organized drug traffickers, the State has effectively outlawed privacy

An objective observer would find it baffling that anti-drug propagandists succeed in advancing the War on Drugs in the face of overwhelming scientific and historical evidence that the war is not only futile, but also counterproductive. It exacerbates the social ills it pretends to cure, and among its many victims are the very children its advocates profess to protect.

Consider the well-documented facts, all of which are confirmed by the government's own studies.

First, there is no historical evidence that a free market in mind-altering drugs leads to rising crime, or the decay of society There was no surge in crime before these drugs were illegal, and today in places such as Great Britain, where heroin is doled out to addicts, those addicts live more or less normal, productive lives. Crime results from the fact that drugs are illegal.

Nor is there any scientific evidence that drugs like cocaine, heroin and marijuana are more physically dangerous than currently legal intoxicants like alcohol and nicotine. All illegal drugs combined kill about 4,500 people per year, or about one percent of the number killed by alcohol and tobacco. As many people are killed by aspirin each year as by heroin. Many of the deaths that do occur happen because street drugs are illegal. They are impure, contaminated or "cut" with dangerous substances and enter the market without any normal consumer protection.

Nor is there reason to believe that a free market in drugs would cause widespread addiction. Alcohol is freely available, and while youthful excesses aren't uncommon, most of us don't become dysfunctional alcoholics. A few do, and they pay the price.

It is prohibition, not drugs themselves, which pose great temptation and danger to youth. Given the choice between making $6 an hour at a fast-food restaurant, or hundreds of dollars a day dealing drugs, many youth, quite naturally, choose dealing.

We couldn't ask for a better scientific study of the effects of outlawing drugs than we got from Prohibition in the 1920s. It was meant to reduce the consumption of alcohol and thereby reduce crime, poverty, death rates, and improve the economy and the quality of life. The results? Disaster. Organized crime grew into big business. Police, courts, and politicians became corrupt. The per capita consumption of alcohol increased dramatically, year by year, for the thirteen years of Prohibition. Do these things seem familiar?

The War on Drugs is an unmitigated international failure. How, then does a policy that is clearly proven to he both wrong and destructive continue to exist? For two reasons.

First, it-spawns a public and private bureaucracy the survival of which depends on a continuation of the policy. The War on Drugs is a vast international industry employing hundreds of thousands of people whose income depends on its continuation - from high-level government bureaucrats to private prison builders, from drug enforcement agents to prison guards.

Governments support the endless expansion of the War on Drugs for the same reasons they seek to outlaw other "consensual crimes" such as prostitution or Internet gambling. It gives governments the ability to arbitrarily transform voluntary financial transactions into "money laundering" and thereby justifies bringing all private financial transactions under the control and monitoring system of the State. And since the War on Drugs can never be "won," any more than the "War on Alcohol" was in the 1920s, this failure perversely justifies an escalating assault on your financial privacy

The War on Drugs is the most powerful propaganda weapon ever devised to convince the masses to willingly relinquish their individual rights. If there ever was a duty to yourself, your children and your community, it is to join the rising chorus of respected business leaders, educators, doctors, writers, publishers and politicians who are speaking out against this senseless war.

Recently the conservative National Review stated in an editorial, " is our judgment that the War on Drugs has failed, that it is diverting intelligent energy away from how to deal with the problem of addiction, that it is wasting our resources, and that it is encouraging civil, judicial, and penal procedures associated with police states. We all agree on movement toward legalization..."

All who strive to be sovereign individuals should join this movement toward legalization, and help bring this tragic war to an end.


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