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Questioning the War on Drugs

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What is the purpose of the War on Drugs?

Is it to reduce competition with Big Pharma and the tobacco and alcohol industries?

Perhaps it is so banksters can enrich themselves laundering drug money to decrease their dependency on taxpayer bailouts?

Or maybe it is an opportunity to provide jobs in the ever expanding police state, the military/mercenary industries and Homeland Security?

Could it be a creative way to intensify class war by creating a criminal class of the underfed and unwashed dependent on the drug trade for survival?

Is it to justify opportunities for enrichment of lawyers, judges and others employed in the justice system, the prison industrial complex and the rapidly expanding privatized prison system?

Is it to empower righteous racists who exploit migrants with fear of deportation and incarceration by equating brown skin with the drug trade and legal status?

Is it conceivable that agribusiness benefits from laws prohibiting cannabis, coca and poppies which require less water and chemicals than genetically engineered and monoculture crops subsidized by government and controlled by giant corporations?

Could it be that one of the purposes is for media to use trauma and drama related to drug busts, crimes and tragedies to terrorize citizens into sacrificing their civil rights for security?

Perhaps it is a logical extension of globablization, entitling the empire to invade and occupy countries to enforce compliance in controlling the international drug trade?

Might it be an ideal instrument for instilling values of aggression, brutality, fear, racism, bigotry, hatred, destruction and death necessary for world domination?

Could the purpose simply be to satisfy an addiction to war?

Or possibly the War on Drugs is to protect and save us from ourselves?

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