The Praxeology* of the Drug War: Who Knew?

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 07 Sep 2009 11:15:06 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Wilton D. Alston at - commentary on two comments from this Mother Jones article about the war on some drugs. Why is there still a war on some drugs, when almost everybody knows that it has utterly failed in its stated intentions? Follow the money. [lew]

Comment by "Just a guy":

That was a very well thought out reply and is the same conclusion that a large portion of our population has reached. Unfortunately however, it's not about the "War on Drugs" or saving kids or anything else. It's about profit. Money. The drug war is probably our country's largest economy. Politicians, judges, lawyers, police officers, deputy sheriffs, jailers, prison guards, social workers, probation and parole officers, a third of the military, Customs, FBI, DEA, IRS, U.S. Marshals. The drug war makes these people's house and car payments at least in part. The drug war is about continuing to expend resources on an issue that will not go away. They'll never legalize it. There's too much money to be made fighting it and too many jobs at stake to make it legal. But it is what they should do, they just won't.

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