from The Daily Bell:
Nixon Aide Reportedly Admitted Drug War Was Meant To Target Black People … pulls back the curtain on the true motivation of the United States’ war on drugs. –Huffington Post
The Huffington Post article, excerpted above, blames the Nixon administration for the “war on drugs” and is based on a cover story in Harper’s magazine by Dan Baum. Baum’s long article eventually makes the case for federal activism when it comes to reforming drug criminalization.
But both the HuffPo article and Baum’s extended analysis in Harper’s seem to make the distinction between a “good” kind of federal government and a “bad” one.
The Nixon, Republican kind is “bad.”
In fact, whenever the US federal government is involved, the situation tends to disintegrate.
Every problem looks like a nail to the Feds. And every solution involves a hammer sooner or later.
The US federal government is repressive and authoritarian no matter who runs it.
In this particular case, the war on drugs predates Nixon (which Baum does point out in a brief aside). It was initially propounded under Roosevelt – something both articles neglect to mention.
The article does go on at length about former aide John Ehrlichman, who told Baum that the war on drugs was actually a political scheme to disrupt Nixon’s opponents: black people and the “antiwar left.”
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