Re: “734 arrested in nationwide crackdown on drug-dealing networks”, The Nation, yesterday.
The war on drugs is a war on those who produce and sell them, which pushes up the price and encourages more people to sell drugs. The current anti-drugs policies corrupt the police, judiciary and in Thailand the Army. The criminalisation of recreational drugs use does more damage to individuals, families, communities and society in general than do the drugs themselves. The supporters of current drug law are petty, vindictive bullies and cowards hiding behind the skirts of rogues and bullies. They practise hate speech and lies.
We should think very carefully before making drugs freely available. We did this with the “recreational” drug we keep kidding ourselves we can handle – alcohol. The result? Booze is involved in up to 70 per cent of serious crime while the social and health consequences of over-indulgence add up to billions of dollars a year.
Making so-called soft drugs like marijuana as easy to buy as a bottle of beer has wider and more sinister implications. A population permanently zonked out on (state-manufactured?) substances would be a dream come true for unscrupulous political leaders – and a nightmare for the rest of us.
I would urge anyone who has not already done so to read “Brave New World”, written by Aldous Huxley in the 1930s. We are sleepwalking into the hell on earth he envisioned.