by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:
You’ve heard of the war on drugs. Perhaps you are one of the few who still believe it has worked to reverse the use of dangerous drugs in our country. Accusations of fraud and tax-payer milking are not unusual when it comes to discussions of the DEA. The latest reversal of more than 158 convictions, bringing the total to 560 reversed drug charges in Philadelphia, is another reason why.
Philosopher and poet George Santayana once commented, “Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them” and no clearer example can be found to prove his dictum than America’s longest war; the ridiculous “War on Drugs.” As with Prohibition, the War on Drugs has only added to the problems that it was supposed to alleviate. Some drug use may have declined as a result of the government’s efforts, but the cost of the war on drugs has been a huge expansion in government, an incredibly bloated prison system, more violent crime, and much more. All this has occurred while we’ve collectively suffered a reduction in personal freedoms and privacy rights.
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