The Failed War on Drugs

As the financially and morally expensive Drug War rages on, it’s become all too obvious to most of us how futile the efforts of those ‘powers that be’ have been. Virgin Group’s Richard Branson sponsored a global survey that found over 90% of respondents around the world say the War on Drugs has failed. Technology giants like Google may even make a bigger difference when it comes to battling the big Mexican cartels, and Anonymous has even joined the digital fray. While still a very dangerous game (the cartels have been deadly and merciless in their retribution against online critics in the past), it is clear that the current actions of our governments are not working. In fact, incompetence, mixed messaging and/or collusion have only benefited the drug trade.

Since all the facts and figures can be overwhelming, here is a tasty infographic (sent by Camille Brockman) on the wasted tax dollars, inverse consequences, and cost to human lives:

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  • deosbo

    I smoked marijuana in 1970, when they started the war on drugs and I still smoke it every day. I guess you could say they lost the war, which is one more war the US has lost, not counting Grenada, ha!

  • Simiantongue

    A failure by your standards, not by the ones perpetrating it.

    -Over a trillion dollars spent = Success, bureaucracies love spending, especially to the point where the spending becomes a means unto itself.
    -Lower cost of cocaine = Success, streamlining the means of production and distribution all the easier to set up operations to fund covert government action by proxy.
    -1 out of 10 Americans use illegal drugs = Success, developing markets and user base is critical.
    -High school age usage = Success, get them early and you get them for life, enables estimates of future user base. 
    -USA worlds larges consumer = Success, drugged populations are easier controlled. See Brave new world.
    -1.64 million people arrested for drugs = Success, for profit prison industry. That’s a win win actually profit from the drugs and by incarcerating those who use them. What recession?
    -Is this drug war saving lives? = Success, killing off the surplus population. Also gives more dangerous “legal” drugs like alcohol, tobacco an air of legitimacy.

     

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    The war on drugs is not a failure if you’re Uncle Homeland
    the worlds largest dealer of drugs, legal & illegal.

    The war on drugs gives the pig-police state a reason to mess with you.
    They make money from the courts & jails.
    They sell drugs at a high profit and the war on drugs keeps prices high.

    Which is why they must call it: The Land of the Free.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    The war on drugs is not a failure if you’re Uncle Homeland
    the worlds largest dealer of drugs, legal & illegal.

    The war on drugs gives the pig-police state a reason to mess with you.
    They make money from the courts & jails.
    They sell drugs at a high profit and the war on drugs keeps prices high.

    Which is why they must call it: The Land of the Free.

  • lucifer69

    Is freedom a myth?

  • lucifer69

    Is freedom a myth?

    • Calypso_1

      Do you have anything left to lose?

  • marvin nubwaxer

    war on drugs and war on terror are two hopeless money pits that will continue seemingly forever.  it’s political suicide to criticize either or recommend significant change.