It’s Time for Silicon Valley To Finish Its Task of Interfering With the Racist Drug War
It Has Been Racist From The Beginning and Bigotry Can not End Till It Does
By– Richard Cowan
Mark Zuckerberg, the Icarus of the Web, is disputing his own employees about whether Facebook should be accountable for fixing the lies of particular high ranking political leaders. The answer appears obvious, but are they truly prepared to choose which lies require their individual attention?
Icarus was reversed by trying to fly too high and to be above everything, but there is another Greek misconception that is more ¨ down to Earth ¨ actually.
As I watch the relatively inexhaustible gush of prohibitionist propaganda, I am advised of the Greek misconception about Hercules and the stables of King Augeas.
The term “Augean stables” suggests a big mess, due to the fact that King Augeas had a huge variety of cattle, which were rounded up into the stables every night, but nobody tidied up after them. (Governments always expect other people to do their grunt work.)
As a repercussion, the stables overflowed with what the Greeks called “drug education.”
As in Hercules’ time, the government offers the fodder at one end, and the other end– the Greeks called it the “media”– produced the unavoidable product. It stank to high paradise, however it appeared difficult to do anything about it.
You couldn’t smell it from the much better neighborhoods, and besides, if everybody who lived near the stables would simply stop breathing, it wouldn’t be a problem.
As the story goes, Hercules was given the task of cleaning up the stables, however he had to do it all in only one day. Plainly not even he could shovel that quick, and I know just how he needs to have felt.
Being a superhero, Hercules handled the accomplishment, and the way he did it provides me hope. He diverted a couple of rivers to flow through the stables and flushed them out.
Back in the genuine world, what does this have to do with the war on us? What are the “rivers” that we can divert?
One clue actually originates from the misconception. When King Augeas refused to pay Hercules, as he had actually assured he would, the king’s son informed the reality, and was exiled for doing so.
( He was sent out to a location the Greeks called “rehab”, which he said advised him of his daddy’s stables.)
Obviously, not all BS is mythical, nor is it localized. We have something more universal than the Greek rivers: the Internet. Meanwhile back in the real world, the American individuals are getting fed up with the smell of the lies that are being told to them– allegedly to protect them.
For obvious factors, the present crisis in the ” criminal justice system ¨is focused on race, but it ought to likewise be obvious that these issues are inextricably connected to what we call the Drug War. Second, the Drug War is a “legacy” of the world that Silicon Valley, aka the Web, has actually partly disrupted and now it must finish the job.
The Drug War, and Cannabis Restriction, (it’s a ¨ feature, not a bug ¨ )are still supported by an enormous propaganda project mislabeled as Drug Education. Just the Drug Czar ´ s workplace (Office of National Drug Control Policy) has a budget of $3791 million.
Also, the 2019 Budget for the National Institute for Substance Abuse was $1,419,844,000 None of this money was for actual ¨ police”. And how would we represent the $3.4 billion to spend for housing federal drug war detainees?
But the best financial expense of the Drug War would have to be counted in the damage done to the lives of its targets.
In the 2002 study ” The Effect of Incarceration on Wage Movement and Inequality,” researcher Bruce Western “found that incarceration can completely modify a person’s life course, disrupt key life transitions, and damage access to steady employment. Imprisonment can also extremely effect future financial stability and wage earning. The research study looked at young men who were jailed in prison or prison between 1979 and 1998.
According to Western’s research study, the loss of profits happens partially because salaries increase at a slower rate following incarceration.
And guess what … Blacks are almost four times as most likely to be detained for cannabis as whites, despite the fact that cannabis usage rates are extremely comparable. And the history of marijuana prohibition is absurdly racist.
Anybody who wishes to speak about racism in America, and particularly racism and the police, must challenge the Drug War and marijuana restriction or they are just poseurs.
Anyone who talks about defunding the cops and protecting minority neighborhoods without attending to the Drug War, starting with marijuana prohibition, is just preventing the challenging decisions that have actually to be made.
It interrupted the old journalism and the old political order.
Speak, scream, shout, text, Tweet and e-mail however make yourself heard. It is literally at your fingertips.
What have you provided for flexibility today?
– Richard Cowan is a former NORML National Director and co-founder of Genuine Tested CBD. Find more stories from Richard Cowan