Drug war lessons from communists

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Like the Trump administration, the communist regime in China has announced its intention to crack down in the war on drugs. The fact that the crackdown is coming from one of the most brutal totalitarian regimes in the world should serve as a lesson to the American people about the real nature and purpose of drug laws. According to an article posted at talkingdrugs.org, Guo Shengkun, China’s minister of public safety and head of the National Narcotics Control Commission, said that the communist regime is intensifying its drug-war crackdown to reduce drug use by targeting both consumers and suppliers. Sound familiar? That, of course, is precisely what the U.S. government has been doing for decades, without any success in reducing drug usage." (04/05/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/04/05/drug-war-lessons-communists/

  • dL

    That, of course, is precisely what the U.S. government has been doing for decades, without any success in reducing drug usage.

    What if prohibition was successful in completely eradicating drug usage? Once again, "drug war failure" implicitly accepts the objective of the thing itself. And to point out the typical refrain from the pundit set that the drug war doesn't make any difference re: drug usage is flat out wrong. It absolutely does have a significant impact on shifting consumer choices. It may or may not impact on the number wanting to get high, but it most certainly impacts what that number uses to get high.