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DYLAN RATIGAN: The War On Drugs is Nothing but Institutionalized Racism

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 - 1:42 pm

A short write-up worth reading, with the same title as this piece, can be found here:

Good article, lots of statistics and links, but apparently most of the people who read the site and comment are not so enlightened. The first thought that comes to mind is the particularly outrageous comments come from those who profit handsomely from the Evil Religion of Hate (Drug War).

The next thought is there is serious fear and hypocritical pushback from business insiders who love their cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, etc… that they have absolutely zero interest in re-legalizing their personal drug(s) of choice because 1) it would mean others would know about it and they’d look like the outrageous hypocrites they are for pushing Prohibition on us and 2) they are rich enough to afford the black market prices.

You would think that people who are “business insiders” have some sense when it comes to financial matters, but then again judging from the ~ 2008 collapse I guess not. So I guess this is why they have a very short term view of stuffing their pockets with money while society is being destroyed all around them; I guess they think they won’t see disaster before they grow old and die.

Here is a quote:

The Justice Policy Institute noted that these companies make more money through longer prison sentences, but you don’t need a report from a nonprofit group to know that. Just look at their own investor reports. The Corrections Corporation of America, the largest for-profit prison company in the country, lists as a business risk in its 10K to the SEC “any changes with respect to drugs and controlled substances or illegal immigration could affect the number of persons arrested, convicted, and sentenced, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them.” CCA also told investors it would make less money if there were lower minimum sentences and more eligibility for inmates for early release for good behavior.

Putting people in jail and keeping them there is good for business. So that’s what these companies lobby for. According to the Justice Policy Institute, these companies “have contributed $835,514 to federal candidates and over $6 million to state politicians. They have also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on direct lobbying efforts.” They are large donors to state-based think tanks like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), who market harsh immigration, drug laws, and prison privatization laws to state level politicians around the country.

Dear Prohibitionists, you will be held responsible for this.

Apparently you can also read the article here: