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December 13, 2010

New issue of The Nation magazine say “Dare to End the War on Drugs”


I just learned that the new December 27, 2010 issue of The Nation is focused on the modern realities and dynamics of the drug war. The introduction from the editors to the issue, which is available now at this link, is headlined "Rebalancing Drug Policy," while the cover uses the D.A.R.E logo to urge our nation to "Dare to End the War on Drugs."   Here is how the editors' introduction sets up what follows in a single paragraph:

Nearly forty years after President Nixon declared a "war on drugs," it is painfully clear that the nation's approach to drug policy is counterproductive and cruel.  Shifting our priorities toward a more sensible approach — one that offers treatment rather than punishment for addicts, and that recognizes the deep injustice of mass incarceration — seems like a daunting task.  But as the writers in this forum suggest, we have all the answers and resources we need.  If ever there was a time to say enough is enough, it's now.   — The Editors

There appears to be a whole lot that sentencing fans should find worth checking out in this special issue of The Nation, including these pieces:

I have not provided a link to the last two articles because they are listed as for "Subscribers Only" and because you can find them via the links to all the free pieces if you are a subscriber.

I am looking forward to consuming all aspects of this special issue of The Nation, which I will likely make a special effort to purchase in hard copy when I see it on the newsstands. I have, however, already printed out the pieces on marijuana politics and practices because they provide an important window into some of the most important recent dynamics in the long-running drug war debate.

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The time to end the war on drugs was in the Congress just ending. With Lamar Smith as the incoming chairman of House Judiciary, I assure you drug enforcement will continue if not increase. Nobody from DOJ is going to want to get subpoenaed to testify about why meth is running wild.

When the "Nation" is to the left of Eric Holder, you know it's just talking in the echo chamber. Then again, we all knew that before.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 13, 2010 7:26:21 PM

Bill you're right. Just keep pouring billions more down the hole. Keep the DEA, the U.S. Attorneys, and the prison guards employed. Prohibition? Never should have repealed that either. Alcohol should still be illegal. Think of how many more we could incarcerate. When we get to 50 percent of the population in prison, I'll give you a call.

Posted by: anon1 | Dec 13, 2010 9:21:22 PM

Legalize marijuana and quit giving money to the mexican drug cartels.

Posted by: Anon | Dec 13, 2010 10:18:17 PM

anon1 --

"Alcohol should still be illegal."

It still IS illegal, to a significant portion of the potential market. But maybe we should reduce the drinking age to eight, ya think?

While we're at it, we can reduce the age of "consent" to 14, so those devish prosecutors would have to drop their outrageous case against the so-called abducter of Elizabeth Smart. Can you imagine her gall, contradicting the defense attorney? And theirs, for believing her.

What a bunch of fascists!

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 13, 2010 11:30:17 PM

Anon --

"Legalize marijuana and quit giving money to the mexican drug cartels."

Legalize meth and quit giving money to the mexican drug cartels.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 13, 2010 11:33:13 PM

The issue of drug legalization or decriminalization is not just a "left" argument as shown by William Buckley Jr. and the people over at Reason or any other libertarian locale. Also, the 'echo chamber' remark can be inferred to disparage what is a useful tool -- magazines and other publications putting forth arguments that are minority viewpoints but which have various degrees of logic and validity to them.

Posted by: Joe | Dec 14, 2010 11:21:46 AM

Legalize meth and quit giving money to the mexican drug cartels.


In my above post nothing was mentioned about legalizing meth, as you would say re-read my post putting words in peoples mouth is beneath you.

Posted by: anon | Dec 14, 2010 12:41:36 PM

anon --

My point, which you pretend not to get, is that by legalizing meth we can ALSO deprive the Mexican cartels of money. And the point after that is that merely depriving the cartels of money is nothing more than tunnel vision. There is more involved, as you could not help knowing.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 14, 2010 6:04:00 PM


My point is there is a major difference between marijuana and Meth. Marijuana in my opinion and many others is very very benign compared to meth. Taking marijuana from the cartels and giving the money to the states will hurt the cartels much more than any other drug. Believe me I enjoy many of your posts on this blog and agree with you a lot more than you would think, however when it comes to legalizing marijuana you and I simply just disagree by a wide margin.

Posted by: Anon | Dec 14, 2010 7:20:48 PM

Anon --

Fair enough. You get the last word. Thanks for your response.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 14, 2010 9:14:57 PM

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