I recently saw an amazing and harrowing film called The House I Live In. It’s a documentary about the “war on drugs” in America and it shows several things very clearly.
1. The war on drugs is a lie. It is, and has always been, a disguised way to persecute minorities.
13% of Crack Cocaine users are African Americans
90% of Crack convictions are African Americans
2. The war on drugs is and always will be a failure.
Since 1971 the war on drugs has cost over $1 trillion and resulted in 45 million arrests. During that time illegal drug use has remained unchanged.
3. The war has distorted policing to the point where it is now more like social extermination.
One expert commented that we may as well just kill the bottom percentage of society, because that is more or less the effect of current drug policy. It is “a holocaust in slow motion.”
4. Politicians know all this but cannot stop the war on drugs.
they have so convinced the voting public that drugs are a cause of evil that any campaign to change the war would see the politician voted out. They are trapped into perpetuating their own lie.
It’s hard to believe that drugs used to be openly available in shops.
Today I open the newspaper to see that experts across the country are telling Osbourne to change UK financial policy because his current actions are likely to cripple the UK.
More recently Gove ignored every experts advice and is now setting about destroying our education system.
All these problems are caused by people believing things which are not true. Just as mercury was once used in medicine, and with the best of intentions the doctor killed his patient, so now we are murdered by those who may even believe they are helping.
The worst of it is that they cannot be stopped, because the hardest thing in the world to kill is a belief.
With all this error in the world we need something better to believe in, and that’s where you come in. What beliefs can we use to replace the harmful nonsense that currently pollutes the minds of our leaders?
If you could plant one unshakeable belief into one persons head, what would it be and who?