Mother Jones has a great new issue out devoted to the War on Drugs. Every article so far has been money. Check it out!
But then, the drug war has never been about facts—about, dare we say, soberly weighing which policies might alleviate suffering, save taxpayers money, rob the cartels of revenue. Instead, we’ve been stuck in a cycle of prohibition, failure, and counterfactual claims of success. (To wit: Since 1998, the ONDCP has spent $1.4 billion on youth anti-pot ads. It also spent $43 million to study their effectiveness. When the study found that kids who’ve seen the ads are more likely to smoke pot, the ONDCP buried the evidence, choosing to spend hundreds of millions more on the counterproductive ads.)
I also went ahead and threw up some new Rec List headings at right, since Reefercake signaled approval. I don’t mean to dominate that column, and hope that fellow editors feel free to post their recommended links too. I originally conceived of it as being a revolving set of links with old stuff falling off, but now that it’s grown long I kind of like that too.
At any rate, here is the full lineup of articles from MoJo:
- This Is Your War on Drugs
- “We Bring Fear”
- The Altered States of America
- Las Baladas Prohibidas
- The Patriot’s Guide to Legalization
- The Drug War in Six Acts
- Exodus: Border-Crossers Forge a New America