In part four we will look briefly at crime by ‘drug-gangs’, then more closely at the real mechanism that perpetuates this problem.
Crime is not a side-effect of drugs
Lie three in the five main lies about drugs is that drugs and dealing lead to gangs, gang-war and other crime. In reality drugs used to be legal and freely available and generated no more crime than any other retail product.
Just like prohibition, which gave rise to boot-legging and associated crime, banning drugs has served only to open an illegal trade. Force of law cannot protect illegal trade, and only force of arms is left – strength in numbers and the use of violence.
It is criminalising drugs that has caused drug crime and drug gangs.
Cause and Ill-effect
That was only the most cursory look at drugs and gangs, because the previous posts support this truth already. What I’d like to expand on is the subtle and yet obvious distinction between drugs causing crime and drug laws causing crime.
Many may argue that drugs are illegal because they cause crime, but this is self-evidently not true. First – we’ve already seen that drugs used to be legal and did not cause or lead to crime. Besides, alcohol leads to all kinds of crime and it is legal.
Hell, let’s just outright state the most staggeringly obvious fact that shits all over the pretence that drugs are illegal because they cause harm or crime. Guns are legal.
Schools and cinemas have been shot-up, children have been massacred, villages terrorised, yet there remains the right to bear arms. You can’t sit at home and take a drug that may harm you, but you can own a deadly weapon specifically designed to harm others. Come on…
Illegal trade still has to make a profit
Have you noticed people selling Walmart jeans on the street? Or those knock-off Supermarket-brand trainers? No, of course you haven’t. The black market thrives on selling the exclusive and the expensive, the CK, D&G, FCUK and Nike fakes. Even the black market can’t undercut supermarkets and own-brand goods.
Legalise drugs and you render illegal trade unprofitable – thus making drug-crime practically disappear overnight.
Bullets do not save lives
In many areas of society today we see law and policy which is put in place to “protect us”, when in fact the danger we face actually comes from the policy itself.
We are told that terrorists threaten us, lurking in every dark alley. In an act of unbelievable ‘irony-blindness’, politicians actually declared a war on terror – as if the answer to terror was bullets and bombs! I must remember that next time my son has a nightmare – I can rush in, unleash a hail of grenades into his cupboard and fire shot-guns under his bed screaming “die, monster, die”. I’m sure he’ll feel a lot better.
The real prison is our own illusions
There is a reason that the war was against an abstraction – an intangible emotion: because the war was never against terrorists in the first place. The war was for election. No-one had any idea where the hell the terrorists were, they just wanted the public to believe that politicians were still in control.
The government are trapped just as much as we are by social and political systems that require them to appear to be helping us IMMEDIATELY!! If the public calls for action, the government must act – and so we end up with rushed and ill-thought law and policy.
Terrorism laws have given police alarming powers to stop and search, arrest without charge, hold without evidence, airport customs now takes several years to get through, you can’t take shampoo on a plane but you can have a gun at home, and we have simply rolled over and let this happen because we we’re told the laws are needed to prevent a terrorism that never really existed outside it’s one striking moment.
If the aim was really to stop people being killed, wouldn’t there be tighter gun-laws introduced?
Watch out! That dying man is killing you!
Welfare cuts are presented not as persecuting the poor, but as protecting the ‘working man’ from having fraudsters and idle people take his tax in undeserved ‘handouts’. Apparently altruism can go fuck itself. In reality the cuts create further and deeper poverty and crime and so are counter-productive.
The offender register is said to protect the public; the fact that it has been proven to have no effect whatsoever and may actually make things worse isn’t important, because the register is a vote winner.
The UK government wants to have access to all private email and internet traffic to protect us against ‘terrorists’. In reality they’d be blinded in the amount of information – but it would be a good replacement for the ID cards which people rejected.
The poor are forced into drugs to escape the poverty of reduced welfare, and then fed into the criminal justice system to create jobs for prison guards and money for the giant security companies that own them.
Power (not powder) corrupts
Policemen will abuse the authority of new laws to make up for their tiny penises; judges will be harsh to please the media; vulnerable people will be made scapegoats so that politicians can be seen to be tough on someone while not risking their corporate sponsorship.
We are socio-politically shaped to produce rapid, barely considered policy, and naturally inclined to abuse new laws that give us potential power over others. Drug and terrorism laws are only more obvious manifestations of this modern trap.
If we don’t address this habit of demanding immediate answers and ever tougher law and policy, we will flush more and more human life away and lose even more of our freedoms.
Part five will look at the stereotype of “drug-kingpins”, at what the reality behind this image is and how that is reflected more widely in society.