Peaceful, Market Alternatives to the Drug War?

I seemed to have missed this last week:

The presidents of  the Latin American countries attending the eighth summit meeting of the Tuxtla System for Dialogue approved a formal request to the United States and other drug consuming countries that they curb drug consumption or, if they are unable to do that, act to regulate the drug market.

The declaration also included a demand that the U.S. stop the transit of arms to the criminals that provoke violence and the deaths of civilians and members of the security forces in Latin American and Caribbean nations.

…What would be desirable, it stated, “would be a significant reduction in the demand for illegal drugs. Nevertheless, if that is not possible, as recent experience demonstrates, the authorities of the consuming countries ought then to explore the possible alternatives to eliminate the exorbinant profits of the criminals, including regulatory or market oriented options to this end. Thus, the transit of substances that continue provoking high levels of crime and violence in Latin American and Caribbean nations will be avoided.”

See some of my recent drug-war-foreign-policy posts here, here, here, and here. If you explore the links, you’ll see how the U.S. has ignored and resisted previous such declarations by Latin American leaders.

  • jgmoebus

    That will never happen in this country. There are too many people who Own and Operate this government — at every level and function (federal, state, local/executive, legislative, judiciary, and law enforcement [rapidly becoming its own separate branch]) — who are making way, Way WAY too much money to allow for an unrestricted, unregulated market in the production, distribution, and consumption of so-called "illegal" drugs.

    Just like the so-called "War" Against so-called "Terrorism," the so-called "War" Against so-called "Drugs" is a major cash cow and profit center for The IS What AM.

    The folks at the Tuxla Summit need to re-think their priorities and realities; elsewise, they will no doubt be branded as harborers of "terrorists."

  • malcolmkyle

    Are you an international criminal? And are you wondering if it's wise to maintain your affiliation to any one of the estimated sixteen currently-active Mexican Drug Cartels? Maybe you should consider the following information very carefully:

    As a gesture of good will vis-a-vis cross-border relations, key members of the American Federal Government have recently pledged a solemn oath, declaring their commitment to encouraging people like yourself to increase performance and productivity. In particular, the United States Department of Justice will guarantee that you achieve a respectable level of technology in both military grade weapons and equipment while actively facilitating the laundering of that swirling cascade of cash that a business like yours invariably and continually generates.

    Still not convinced that during prohibition the phenomenal benefits of remaining an international drug criminal far outweigh the remotely possible, negative consequences? Here's another recent DOJ announcement, and this time written personally by their principal corporate attorney whose main priority is keeping himself out of jail:

    "For nearly three years, I have been privileged to work closely with many of the most ruthless organizations to the south of our border. I am extremely proud of our record of abuse, fraud, waste, misconduct, and treason and I pledge a continuation of all such policies that will further weaken our national security and compromise all honest efforts of law enforcement."
    – Attorney General Holder.

    Some people, it appears, have absolutely no problem being simultaneously absurd, and very evil.

    Must we wait for a complete economic collapse to regain our unalienable­ rights?
    Maybe it's high time we all stood up and told our government that we're pooped at being beaten and jailed in order that unconscionable Transnational Corporations, and their Media Enablers, can continue to abuse, addict and poison us for obscene profits?

    "I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you."
    – Friedrich Nietzsche

    • Strider55

      Must we wait for a complete economic collapse to regain our unalienable­ rights?

      Well, that's what it took to scrap the 18th Amendment. Liquor prohibition was an obvious across-the-board disaster from the get-go, but it persisted through the "Roaring '20s" thanks to rising income tax revenue. (Prior to the 16th Amendment, prohibition never went anywhere at the federal level because Washington needed the taxes, tariffs, etc. on booze.) Then came the Great Depression and resulting crash in income-tax receipts. Now the feds needed that liquor money again, and in1933 prohibition was quickly repealed. As always, follow the money.

  • Ralph Tamm

    Drug War
    The war on drugs is another source of irritation for me because it is senseless and a wasteful adventure that cannot be won because human nature won’t allow it.
    This war has been going on for over thirty five years. The drug “problem” essentially started when young people rebelled. We called it the “Hippy Movement”. The drug problem could have been a non-problem shortly after it started if the reigning bureaucrats had turned the problem over to the parents of the young adults using drugs. But bureaucrats can’t but-out of any problem; they must attack all problems with vigor to show that they are needed.
    This war has escalated into a major battle where almost every country on earth is involved in one way or another. Each involved country is either in the war against drugs or building their economy on the production of drugs. For lack of a better name, I suggest “World War III” would be appropriate.
    It is a major expense for our country. I would venture to say the cost to fight this war was and is enormous considering the scope – both expanding existing agencies and adding new ones. As an example, the jail population has, at least doubled to house the drug related “criminals.” We can’t build jails fast enough. All sub states and cities require added facilities, equipment and personnel beyond the normal. Estimating the cost would be almost impossible considering the problem identifying the many hidden costs beyond the obvious. It would be my guess that the total cost would exceed the costs of both the Iraq and Afghanistan war combined if not more. Adding to this, the number of people destroyed by this war, the cost is staggering.
    The principles used to come to this conclusion, derived from The Theory of Property, are as follows: “If a demand for a product exists, someone or a consortium will provide it to make a profit.” For those hung up on drugs: “One cannot attack his own property.” This tells us that if anyone wishes to destroy himself by any means, it’s his call. We shouldn’t try to protect anyone from self injury and we should allow them, with no public assistance, to suffer the consequences of their stupidity. Under these conditions, the out-of-control usage of drugs will assuredly diminish precipitously.

  • liberranter

    The declaration also included a demand that the U.S. stop the transit of arms to the criminals that provoke violence and the deaths of civilians and members of the security forces in Latin American and Caribbean nations.

    This U.S.-initiated "transit of arms" to criminal syndicates inside of foreign nations is an act intended to deliberately destabilize the governments of these nations and is thus tantamount to an act of war. This joint cease-and-desist statement should not be issued to the United States in the form of a request, but in the form of a DEMAND, non-compliance with which should prompt the same response from the Latin American nations as would a direct, armed attack from El Norte upon their respective nations.

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