Let’s be honest. The reason so much of Latin America is in turmoil and people are desperate to leave is because of the USA’s insane and counterproductive War on Drug-Using Americans. There’s obviously a huge market for illicit drugs, and our national policy has driven all those billions of dollars squarely into the gladly open hands of the criminal underworld that controls the coca and marijuana fields. Whenever you hear the words “drug money”, remember where it’s coming from.
It‘s even worse in Afghanistan, home to 90% of the world’s opium poppies, where Americans financed both sides of our longest-running war.
Why don’t we take a lesson from Prohibition? After it was repealed, entrepreneurs opened taverns all across America and are now a source not of crime, destruction, and death but of conviviality, employment, taxes, civic engagement, and responsible behavior in cutting off people who’ve had too much.
May 22, 2015