Throw in Towel on Unwinnable War on Drugs


rita's picture

People who say that the drug war is "unwinnable," or that prohibition has "failed" are misssing the point. Neither prohibition nor its spinoff war was ever meant to reduce drug use. Prohibition is, and always has been, a tool of oppression, and the so-called "war on drugs" is nothing but a vehicle to further the careers of lawmakers and law enforcers by destroying the lives of the people they're elected to serve and sworn to protect. The reason to end prohibition is not that it has failed. The reason to end it is that it has succeeded, beyond anyone's wildest dreams. And every day, with every act of police violence against unarmed civilians, with every preventable overdose death, every new case of needle-borne disease and every dollar enriching the drug cartels, the drug warriors win.