The venality of the drug war knows no bounds. The concept of a law enforcement focused “war” on drugs is, in and of itself, a corrupt and half-baked proposition. The harder we try – the more bitter our failure.
At a point where we have seemingly lost the ability to even consider different ‘non-warring’ approaches to drug policy we need to consider that the Drug War is decaying into a type of despotic police state. A Police force constantly looking to expand a war it can never win. Not winnable because ultimately the war is not about the external object of 'drug' but rather it's about human nature and the subjectivity of choices.
Show me a society where substance abuse is rare and I’ll show you a culture that likely values sobriety or abstinence as an internal existential value."I abstain from intoxicants because I seek a relationship with God', or 'I abstain from intoxicants because it’s not something I enjoy. I choose abstinence freely, from amongst alternatives, knowing and accepting the consequences.'
Is there a greater affirmation of free will and liberty?
Conversely, show me a society with an external locus of control; 'Intoxication is prohibited by the state therefore I must abstain. I make choices based on state coercion and what the state tells me is an acceptable behavior, fearing the harshness of the state imposed consequences.'
You’ll find there a culture ripe for problems with lawlessness, substance abuse, and despotism. A society that seeks so much power in protecting me, from myself, that the result is debilitating and anorexic to our appetite and instincts for liberty, freedom and engagement. Under the rubric of the Drug War we the people have accepted an unprecedented erosion of privacy and personal liberties. To say nothing of the responsibilities that go along with freedom.
Apologies to the hard working and well meaning folks at the DEA, but a despotic police state is a poor substitute for an internalized value system.http://scratchmix.us.com