sábado, 11 de septiembre de 2010

Our 'war on drugs' has been an abysmal failure

It is wrecking the government of Mexico. It is financing the Taliban in Afghanistan. It is throwing 11,000 Britons into jail. It is corrupting democracy throughout Latin America. It is devastating the ghettoes of America and propagating Aids in urban Europe. Its turnover is some £200bn a year, on which it pays not a penny of tax. Thousands round the world die of it and millions are impoverished. It is the biggest man-made blight on the face of the earth.

No, it is not drugs. They are as old as humanity. Drugs will always be a challenge to individual and communal discipline, alongside alcohol and nicotine. The curse is different: the declaration by states that some drugs are illegal and that those who supply and use them are criminals. This is the root of the evil.


2 comentarios:

tetrabrik dijo...

muy buen artículo. los argumentos que se viene subrayando desde hace años. los argumentos que tienen solamente un pequeño obstáculo que superar: los dueños del mundo.

Agustín Gutiérrez Carro dijo...

sí, resume muy bien un largo recorrido. y sí, tristemente estamos lejos de que signifiquen algo. pero bueno, difundirlos, eso es lo que puede hacer uno.