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I am serious. Is drug use a cause, or a consequence, of poverty, or is it neither? Drug abuse does not need to be a societal problem, but it becomes one when a whole community is touched by it, and with the violent crime associated with illegal drug trafficking. But again, what are the causal relationships?
And now, going back to dark humour, isn't it the case that the CIA financed itself in the 1970's by getting involved in drug dealing in America's inner cities?
A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
And I don't know about the 1970s situation, but the CIA and our own government were complicit in allowing drugs into the country during Iran-contra during the 80s. Award winning investigative journalist Gary Webb documented some of this again in 1996 for the San Jose Mercury News which debuted it with an interactive website which was soon taken down.
Narco News has put the site back online. It has the original series and also the supporting documentation. The website is here:
I also wrote about it when it came online again.
Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
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