The War on Drugs Farce

Mr. Lee Magazine

The loyal and patriotic bombardier, as depicted in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, is labeled as crazy by some peers for embracing the risk of death as a civil duty, never questioning those in higher ranks, and surrendering total allegiance to a bureaucracy, which is just as ignorant and blindly patriotic. Among many other debates on ethics where a side remains confident in appealing to an authority, the “drug war” or “war on drugs” has seen little success considering public discourse on the matter, which has barely evolved from the beginning of the 20th century.

Prohibition is arguably the most recognized example of a U.S. policy backfire that created more issues than initially was being fought against. In the minds of contemporary prohibitionists, alcohol corrupted health and morality; it was an evil drink, which transformed good, honest men into raggedy and greasy loners, burping and lurching their way to the…

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