posted on Jan, 17 2016 @ 05:45 PM
a reply to: DisinfoCom
If Penn is earnest about his intent, then his article did fail - but not upon it's own merits, rather because of the timing of Guzman's capture. The
capture instantly changed the context of the dialogue from "See what this does" into "HA! GOT THE BAD MAN!"
The "War On Drugs" is a very complex issue with deeply disturbing subtexts and underpinnings. Just the racial disparities in prosecution rates and
sentencing are enough to make one pause. Add in the hardly discussed and undoubtedly profitable property seizure game and that pause becomes a
shudder. Continue onto the reality that some, if not most drug users are self medicating or addicted - thus suggesting that we are criminalizing
illness - that shudder evolves into a retching in the stomach. The dawning understanding that a "War On Drugs" is essentially a house divided - a
declaration of war against our own, our friends, our neighbors, or parents, siblings and maybe even ourselves and the retching gives way to complete
Is legalization a reasonable position to take in a culture such as ours? That is hard to say. Other countries have gone down that path and actually
seen crime, across the board, drop markedly. Then again those countries were a bit more sane than America to begin with. Here we tend to end up in
extremes... so it very well might not play out anywhere near the same way.
What I do know, and what I think Penn was possibly hoping to table, is a discussion along the lines of "What we've been doing is not working. We
imprison or even kill people over the idea that they put chemicals into their own bodies. This is morally wrong, socially irresponsible and
financially untenable. We have to find another answer."
Or maybe Penn saw El Chapo as an anti-hero and got a bit let down by the truth... or a bit of both.
edit on 1/17/16 by Hefficide because: (no