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The Drug War, Part III

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December 28, 2009 | 3,605 views | 72 comments

This is the third in our series on the Drug War, as you cannot explain 40 yrs. of failed policy in a one page column. We have paramilitary armies and a clandestine air force operating on two foreign continents, multiple agencies with $billions in equipment “protecting” our borders, the same agencies creating their own navies, plus the Coast Guard “protecting” our shores, the largest prison population in the world, yet we have had zero effect on drug use!

To say the Drug War has failed is a gross understatement. Our policies have made the situation inexorably worse. As discussed in the first column, we have failed to deal objectively with the problem. We have deemed it to be a criminal problem rather than a social problem. Rather than provide treatment or counseling to drug users, we have warehoused them in prisons. Take someone guilty of nothing more than self-destructive behavior, put them in prison and they feel victimized. They may not have been violent or anti-social before going into prison, but they will be when they get out. In this way we have created criminals.

But it doesn’t stop there. In our second editorial we discussed the first law of business: Rate of Return is a Function of Risk. As our politicians have increased the penalties and resources to law enforcement, the traffickers have not gotten out of the business. Rather, they have raised prices to compensate for their risk. DEA estimates the profit margin on cocaine is 17,000%! With that kind of mark-up you guarantee an endless supply of traffickers.

We have created a vicious circle with respect to trafficking. As you arrest one trafficker several more step forward to take his place. All this has done is create a need for more prisons. But that is not the worst of it.

We have also overlooked a fundamental principle of economics. Some commodities have an inelastic demand. This means for some commodities price has little or no effect on demand. This means when our system has driven up the price of drugs, it has not deterred use, but instead created more crime. That is, our inner city users cannot afford their addiction, so they have turned to street crimes, robberies and prostitution to pay for their habit. Once again, we have created crime peripheral to drug use.

But while low income users have committed crimes to pay for high priced drugs; the drug traffickers have received those high prices. In the 1980’s our system sent so much money to Colombia, the cartels hired their own army (FARC Guerillas) and destabilized the country.

As a result, we sent an army of DEA operatives along with a fleet of helicopters, surveillance and fighter aircraft to Colombia. After billions of dollars we were successful in killing Pablo Escobar . . . who was a great trophy. But did it stop drug trafficking? Of course not.

Today we send billions in drug money to Mexico and like Colombia, the cartels have hired their own armies and are threatening the legitimate government. The violence is right on our border and after 40 yrs. it is time to admit interdiction is not the answer. Ignorance of Power and subsequent interdiction only increases the violence. We must begin to deal objectively with drug use and that means recognizing it is a social issue and the criminals are only the symptom of the problem.

(Next week the final edition)
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