Let’s look at it’s components, the organs that sustain the war. That would be the diverse groups who have an interest in keeping it going. Let’s do a rough accounting of these folks and describe who they are.
In this corner we have:
Law enforcement— from the cop on the beat to sheriffs, police chiefs, prison guards, judges, bailiffs, coroners, administrators, detectives, and so many more–not solely promoting the drug war but heavily reliant on jobs that the war on drugs mass produces. Don’t get me wrong–many of these career minded folks hate the drug war as much as we do–go to LEAP.org–Law Enforcement Against Prohibition—hundreds of thousands of cops who’d love to see Prohibition2 end right now.
Now imagine how many people world-wide make some part of their income enforcing drug laws –it would have to be in the 100’s of millions. Take a look for yourself:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_law_enforcement_agencies
The DEA: I won’t bother with a long write-up here but you might check these links out to grasp how entrenched and all-reaching this mega-institution has become:
And check these monsters out:
When I scan these links , I ‘m not sure there’s any way to dismantle or even downsize such an entity. It’s a holocaust machine on steroids! We’re going to need a think tank of PHD’s to tackle this institution.
More players: Here’s four more:
And I’m far from done here! More to come!
WOW–a whole lot of people with a vested interest in the drug war Debacle. It’d almost be “sad” to downsize such a vast component of our modern society. We haven’t even scratched the surface of this economic pie chart, but I plan to have many pie charts on the walls of the War Room. You see, we can’t really dismantle the war if we don’t know what it’s parts are.
Ok you smart asses–let’s just change the laws! It’s not so easy my friends–is it? Folks, I’ve got to get some sleep for now—this damn weblog is surely an exhilaration but ZZZZZZZ’s are good too. Good night for now. Much more to come!
Co-authors and contributors welcome!