I for one would like to thank Mr. Jass for his cutting deconstruction of the failures of American drug policy. Mr. Jass recognizes the racism implicit in the harsh sentencing and enforcement that underlies the so-called "War on Drugs". With the incarceration of a vast percentage of our young people, a disproportionate number of whom are poor and black, the United States government is using draconian drug laws to effectively cripple the social structure of this nation.
By bringing this "Oliver Rands" into the conversation, Mr. Jass delivers a devastating indictment of American policy in general. Rands is, of course, a cleverly veiled stand-in for the Rand Corporation, a think tank funded mainly by the Department of Defense. The Corporation serves as a symbol of the failure of American imperialism over the last half-century, a failure with striking similarities to that of the war on drugs that Hugh ties neatly together. To wit:
Hugh Jass is enlightening his fellow Twatterers on the moral bankruptcy of American federal policy, and we would all do well to listen. Well argued, good sir. Well argued.
The similarities [between the War on Terror and the War on Drugs] are obvious. Both wars rely upon cartoon depictions of Scary Villains (The Drug Kingpin, Mexican Cartels, the Terrorist Mastermind) to keep the population in a state of heightened fear and thus blind them to rational discourse. But both wars are not only complete failures in eradicating those villains, but they both do more to empower those very villains than any other single cause -- the War on Drugs by ensuring that cartels’ profits from the illegal drug trade remain sky-high, and the War on Terror by ensuring more and more support and recruits for anti-American extremists. And both, separately and together, endlessly erode basic American liberties by convincing a frightened public that they can Stay Safe only if they cede more and more power to the state. Many of the civil liberties erosions from the War on Terror have their genesis in the War on Drugs.