Don't Mention It: The War On Drugs with Eugene Jarecki

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

drugs sign (Curtis Perry/flickr)

This election season the candidates have focused their message on the employment and the middle class. These issues are no doubt important, but what is the hyper-focus on economy leaving out of the campaign? The Takeaway series "Don't Mention It" looks at issues ignored this election year. Today, our subject is the war on drugs.

It runs from Richard Nixon’s war on drugs to Ronald Reagan’s enthusiastic “just say no” campaign. For decades, drugs were treated like America’s greatest enemy. But in more recent years, it seems that we hear a lot less, if anything, about the war on drugs. Why is that? What’s happening today? And if today’s presidential candidates were to talk about the war on drugs, where would they begin?

Eugene Jarecki explores these questions in his newest documentary, opening on Friday, called “The House I Live In.” 

Guests:

Eugene Jarecki

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

Khary Stephenson from Miami

Prohibition has never worked at defeating demand. How could we have learned this first-hand regarding alcohol in the 1920's, yet bite on the hook of prohibition under the guise of a War on Drugs? Prohibiton just creates black markets that make that drive prices up, make gangsters rich and powerful, and incite more off-the-radar economies. When prices go up, the risks involved in illegal trafficking become worthwhile because of the exorbitant untaxable profits that result.

Oct. 03 2012 10:54 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The War on drugs could never be won...because the war was only against drugs which the Government could not control and tax.

As a Second Generation Holocaust survivor, I haven't felt comfortable taking drugs for a long time. I don't even get drunk much. I feel like I need to stay sober and keep my wits about me because I may have to pack up my family and get out of Dodge... I live in New York and since the shoe fell on 9-11, I still feel there is the other shoe dangling from a wire.

I look forward to feeling safe enough to one day smoke some weed. I understand the potency has reached new heights.

Ironically, so many people are on drugs that my non-drug taking makes me the Weirdo and outsider

Oct. 03 2012 09:34 AM
BK from Hoboken

The war on drugs is futile. But to hear this gentlemen START his debate by calling drug dealers victims is just too much. Statements like that are where many moderate people like myself would then tune him out rather than listen to the rest of his argument, which is mostly spot on and persuasive. Bit by starting off by calling drug dealers victims he loses many potential allies out here.

Oct. 03 2012 09:31 AM

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