He sells you this package deal where he will come back every month and rid your house of termites for $25 a month. You decide that sounds fair and the exterminator unleashes his attack on the termites and leaves.
Comes back the next month, does the same, collects $25. The third month he tells you that he's got a new solution to rid your house of termites and it will now cost $35 a month. You say yes and the exterminator does his thing. But now, every month, the price is going up $5-$10, and then $20-$30 and then for some spastic reason, the monthly rate goes up $80-$100 at a time, so that 40 years later, you're paying $1,000 a month to get rid of the termites in your house.
And how many termites do you have? "About 200,000." Still.
Would you pay someone 40 TIMES the original estimate to do a job that the evidence shows is NOT GETTING DONE?
Note the green line: rising.
Note the blue line: steady.
There you have it: The """drug war""" as sociopolitical poison.
Why am I yapping about this? Because the """war on drugs""" has another function, aside from suppressing minorities and skewing """the justice system""": it is a near-bottomless pit of money for power-building purposes.
Simple example: Politician A, a highly-connected hookworm sucking the blood out of the body politic, rages against crime and how "the public deserves protection" and thus lobbies for more police funding. Gets a buttload of cash, of which maybe--maybe--20% goes to actual cops, who largely use it to attack minorities. Crime stays about the same, Politician Hookworm looks good in the polls, the cops get some walk-around money to harass citizens and pocket some of the stuff they decommission and We? We get screwed. Over and over and over and over and over and over. And over.
Proof? Let Me quote this comment appearing on the BoingBoing post:
If addiction rates increase, drug warriors need more money to increase their efforts, or to use new and more expensive methods.
If addiction rates decrease, drug warriors need more money because their methods are effective, and more money will eliminate addiction entirely.
But addiction rates have held steady...for 40 years. So why the 4,000% hike, why a 4,000% increase, why a 4,000% drug-addled tax-fueled """war""" that can claim NO positive results on its "target"?
Because it isn't a """drug war""": it's a sociopolitical assault to increase power bases.
So the next time you read or hear The Larva or one of his buttworm buddies mouthfart about "decreasing crime" while hundreds of "drug-related" murders bloody Our streets, think about this: the murders fuel fear and that fear is exploited to get monies to keep the fear going.
Our fear for Our safety is being exploited by the assholes We elect to preserve and improve Our safety, but who prefer to wall themselves off from Our scrutiny--from Our Constitutional right to tell them what to do and how to do it--to engage in illegal self-serving machinations in order to loot Our taxes for their benefit.
"""War on drugs"""? No. War on Us? Oh, yes. Most assuredly.
It's time We fired back.
The Jenius Has Spoken.