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Regarding drugs and the threads I've just read:
A few months ago on PBS there was a documentary about the U, S, "drug problem".
As recently noted by others on Demo Hub, one of the problems is that the war on drugs is
a solution!! The "drug demographic" of the inner city has no other entrepreneurial option.
"Dealer-derivatives"-(income) is the only "capitalistic creativity" possible. For there are
no jobs available, no enterprise-income alternatives, yet welfare provided seed money
for inventory to sell (weed, snort, shoot, etc.).
But what about the benefit for the establishment: law enforcement, municipalities.
To perpetuate the obviously failed "war on drugs" is like a "Pyrrhic loss" -- you
don't win, but look at the advantages of keeping the war going!!! With "criminal" activity
as the "market-economy" (drugs), you keep that echelon and ethnicity of the population
from even trying to infiltrate employment in legitimate positions. Their status quo of
squalor is survival, drugs the economic currency, so to speak. Humiliating homeostasis.
But the situation is more insidious. From the inner-city are seized the captives, the "prisoners
of drug-war" -- those arrested for dealing a few grams of this or that on corner, in alcove, or
other locales. So interesting the criminal-proportion of minority-incarceration (at least the
sentencing differential for crack or powder has been corrected). But the jails and prisons are
distortionally crowded with disproportionately dark-skinned males. yes, gets 'em off
the streets, out of job-quests, and makes of them the "economy-enslaved" (not to quarry stones
or build walls and cities, etc. as in ancient concerns of the conquered peoples). Now, they are
the basis of the . . . incarceration-economy.
Prisons are big business. More and more private-enterprise entities, kind of like hostage-hotels
operated by Wackenhutt, CCA, Cornell Corrections, and others (search Private Sector Prison
Companies on Internet). These companies represent Capitalism: after having fed local
economy via land value enhancement, construction jobs and materials purchases . . providing
ongoing with wages paid to guards, staff, providers (foodservice, etc.) and management).
The State (which has franchised-out the operation, if not also concrete-and-razorwire essence
of the place, derives income (capital return) to amortize any initial (tax-derived) investment.
Yes, "hostage-hotels" is quite the case, the State kind of like the Marriott or Best Western or
Hilton or other . . . the corporate entities, of which the "elements" (the actual hotels or motels)
are owned and operated by "subcontractor" companies.
The situation has become a self-serving socio-economic circulation. The more prisons, the more
prisoners there can be. The more prisoners as "guests" in these "House Of The Rising Sun hotels",
the more the private operator (CCA or Wackenhutt, etc.) make. The more they make, the more
taxes (and other) payments to the state in which the Joint is.
The prison situation has become, itself, an addiction!!! An addiction and dependence on the income
from the incarceration-corporations. A comparison is the South, where the multi-million dollar
payments from the "convicted criminal tobacco industry" have become in some cases the prime
prop of state economy, tax revenues and federal distributions reduced. And so the inducement, or
even necessity, keeping the tobacco industry healthy (for focus on the health of the smokers
would actually be economically detrimental!!!)
Another analogy, comparison, image-overlay . . . . when you see pictures of the overcrowding in
prisons, double-decker beds (bunks) hardly spaced, filling a former prison auditorium or gym, you
might also find "factory farm" conditions (for chickens and pigs) coming to mind. Cram 'em in. The
more, the "moneyer". Increase the product (prisoners) and more jobs are created. Expand the
franchises (more prisons) and more prisoners, more, more. A "prisoner-ponzi-scheme" into which
the population's taxes are pumped.
The solution? In my estimation? There won't be one. The U. S. incarceration system and profitabiity
is so drastically disparate from other countries (even China) that it's almost part of our national
notational identity. For what would happen if we discharged the thousands out into society, out
into the marketplace? And that's another aspect of the situation. It's a situation of just plain
containment of a surplus of souls!!!
What should be the solution as far as drugs are concerned? Federal and state control (like with
liquor). State drug-store would sell drugs ("pharmacies" would be the term for CVS and Walgre . . .)
but wait a minute. Why not let the big-chain pharmacies sell toke or snort or even, (controlled-
content) some solutions of "shoot"? Big-business private sector drugs-in-pharmacies would be
the means to control and capitalize. And through government and agri-businesses, the crops of
weed and poppies etc. could be grown, just a variation on the addictive products such as are
now all but universally pushed on the populace -- corn-oil sweeteners and such,.
But another idea.
Back to basics of America. (but under state inspection and control, of course)
Little store-front, mom-and-pop dealerships. White curtains on the show windows through
which are seen some jars of this or that, maybe even a couple plants, some bongs, pipe . . .
Dude goes up to door, As he opens it, a little bell tinkles. He approaches the counter.
An elderly woman smiles at him as he swaggers up.
She asks, "And how many grams can I get you today, young man? "