Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Just 1 gram and you won’t give a damn

Handle lays out the “war on drugs” conspiracy:

But there is a much deeper and more sinister aspect to the drug issue that is both very complex and very dangerous to discuss openly. It is indeed a dire problem on many levels.

The problem is that while ‘poverty’ does not cause crime, idle hands are the devil’s workshop, and a heavy-concentration of young men who are either not willing or able (or both) to hold down a job and get busy raising a family is a well-established recipe for disaster that was known to the ancients since time immemorial. This problem exists in our pockets of crime, no one has any good and politically-palpable idea of what to do about it, and the accelerating three legged stool of immigration, automation, and globalization is making it increasingly worse.

Here, upon initial reading, I thought he was making a point about how drug use increases sloth and idleness, contributing to a burgeoning population of maladjusted, drug-addled sociopaths leeching off society and indifferent to their subjugation—reliant on soma to ease the pain, as Aldous Huxley wrote in Brave New World.

Nope. Watch Handle sympathize with these types and pull the pieces of the conspiracy together:

Without employing some drastic measures that are incompatible with the current norms of our society – that we aren’t even allowed to talk about without severe social sanction because they are so taboo – this situation practically guarantees the generation of all sorts of criminal activity, for kicks and for cash.

If you are a police chief, prosecutor, or politician, then you want to prevent crime, especially violent crime, and especially violent crimes like burglaries that will spill over into your wealthier, safer neighborhoods whose inhabitants can get you fired very quickly, but who also make excellent targets for theft, muggings, or aggravated robberies because, as with banks, that’s where the money is.

Or is it? Because burglary is risky, and burglars don’t get rich. But what if there were some alternative draw, some other – necessarily criminal – way of making vast sums of money – the stuff of a young thug’s dreams – and that particular way was demonstrably irrepressible no matter what you did, so it might as well be made useful.

What if, furthermore, it was glorified and celebrated endlessly by your young thugs’ subculture? And what if the violence that emerged out of that traffic – of a thing the sale, possession, and consumption of which arguably needs to be prohibited anyway – was almost entirely geographically contained in areas with zero political clout and mostly between the thugs themselves?

Why, it would act as an ideal honeypot! Your thugs will all converge on conducting that particular species of crime, and you can easily arrest, prosecute, and imprison the worst of them and then incapacitate them for long-durations so that they can’t get up to any other (more politically destabilizing) kinds of criminal activity during their youthful years, which, again, you believe they are certain to do and which, really, can’t be prevented.

I’d be exercised about this if I thought maladjusted, drug-addled sociopaths could do a better job of organizing society.

And this is how the drug war works. There are very, very few people who actually, consciously think like this, putting all the pieces together into one extremely tragic but coherent picture. But the glue that holds certain lasting social institutions together is often unconscious and buried beneath some protective psychological firewalls.

“Very, very few people” “actually, consciously think like this” because it’s nonsense.

The bipartisan ruling establishment, who push immigration, globalization, and technisation, favor legalizing marijuana. They’re more interested in dumbing people down, softening them up for tyranny, than locking up malcontents. They don’t want to pay for your imprisonment. They want to sell it to you—and tax the profits. It’s a win-win!

The government of Colorado expects to reap a windfall of $184 million dollars from marijuana sales through June 2015. The Joint Budget Committee’s requests that the bulk of this money fund “prevention,” “treatment,” and “public health” programs, but the wages of sin will ultimately go towards increasing the size and scope of government. Anyone who thinks Colorado is going to spend money to effectively starve their cash cow is nuts. When the human toll is tallied, calls for repeal of marijuana legalization will bring out the firefighters and schoolteachers, whose salaries will be said to depend on the populace’s moral degradation. That’s how they rammed through a casino in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, when I lived there.

In addition to Colorado, recreational marijuana is legal in Washington state, in spite of federal law that prohibits the possession and sale of marijuana. No matter. As is usually the case with laws he finds inconveniently binding on executive discretion (e.g., DOMA, Obamacare), the president isn’t enforcing it.

And marijuana is on the march in Texas. Governor Rick Perry says he wants to “decriminalize, not legalize,” a sensible response to people who have been locked away for years for possession of weed. Politically, though, his announcement is a forerunner to legalization.

Further reading: “Stoned before the state.”


CORRECTION (3/11):

The original article incorrectly stated marijuana sales tax revenue was projected over $600 million through June 2015. This number reflects projected marijuana sales revenue, not tax receipts.

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