While I agree with Carrol and Alex about the effect of the "drug war," they
might do better to come up with some evidence that this was the "purpose" of
it, unless they are speaking metaphorically. Otherwise it comes off as
rhetoric that would not be very convincing to most people, especially as it
treats the "ruling class" as some sort of monolithic group--a
characterization that sophisticated leftists got past about 40 years ago.


On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 8:44 AM, Alex Wolf <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Another purpose was to fill the prisons, mainly with black and Latino men,
> in order to 1) further terrorize that population of the working class and 2)
> to provide extremely low-wage labor for the various companies that utilize
> prison labor, and they are legion. To agree with Carrol, this has been a
> rousing success for the ruling class. And to agree again, I would expect
> this to continue, until racism is destroyed.
> On Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 10:57 AM, Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> The headline of this article calls for comment independently of the
>> article's content.
>> The headline seems to assume that the purpose of the "war on drugs" was
>> to reduce drug sales and/or use. But of course that never was its
>> purpose. The purpose of the war on drugs was to have a war to conduct,
>> whether at home or abroad. It provides a budget for police forces at
>> home and counter-insurgency abroad. In that it has been a pretty
>> complete success, and I would expect that success to continue
>> indefinitely. The rise of a new mass political movement (as in the '60s
>> or the '30s) might include putting a stop to this war.
>> Carrol

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