Learnings from the “War on Drugs”

From Dan Baum, in Harper’s Magazine:

“In 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Watergate co-conspirator, unlocked for me one of the great mysteries of modern American history: How did the United States entangle itself in a policy of drug prohibition that has yielded so much misery and so few good results? Americans have been criminalizing psychoactive substances since San Francisco’s anti-opium law of 1875, but it was Ehrlichman’s boss, Richard Nixon, who declared the first “war on drugs” and set the country on the wildly punitive and counterproductive path it still pursues. I’d tracked Ehrlichman, who had been Nixon’s domestic-policy adviser, to an engineering firm in Atlanta, where he was working on minority recruitment. I barely recognized him. He was much heavier than he’d been at the time of the Watergate scandal two decades earlier, and he wore a mountain-man beard that extended to the middle of his chest.

At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”…”

More in Harper’s Magazine.

If the “War on Drugs” was actually cover for a war on hippies and blacks, it kind of raises the question as to what the war on raw milk is really all about. What is the segment of society that’s slated for disruption this time?

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3 responses to “Learnings from the “War on Drugs”

  1. War on raw milk is simply war on small, local farmers and state support for milk processors, the trucking industry, Big Oil, and–to the extent that there is still profit in Canadian medicine–the medical-industrial complex.

  2. George

    I don’t for a minute believe that Baum has interpreted Ehrlichman’s meaning correctly. Or, maybe he has and is failing to state it correctly for the purpose of writing titillating gossip.

    Al Sharpton also incorrectly interprets these comments as; “This is a frightening confirmation of what many of us have been saying for years. That this was a real attempt by government to demonize and criminalize a race of people.”

    The phrase “actually cover for a war on hippies and blacks” cleverly leads our thinking away from simple politics towards bigotry and hatred. Although many jumped on that bandwagon because they were hateful and bigoted people at heart, the real meaning of Ehrlichman’s statement speaks to election strategy pure and simple. When he says “enemies” he means threats to election and re-election – in a word; power. “Hippies and blacks” would not vote for Nixon so he vilified them by using drugs as the instrument to make them scapegoats and disrupt their effectiveness in the political arena.

    How to get elected and stay elected? Start a fire, find a scapegoat, and make people believe you can put out the fire and justifiably punish the perpetrators. This was Hitler’s political ruse and the Jews paid heavily for it. This was the Nixon administration’s political ruse and African-Americans are still paying for it.

    “The segment of society that’s slated for disruption this time” is the same one it has always been – those who don’t see it coming.

  3. Gordon S Watson

    you ask “If the “War on Drugs” was actually cover for a war on hippies and blacks, it kind of raises the question as to what the war on raw milk is really all about. What is the segment of society that’s slated for disruption this time?” …. but you’re so stupefied from your public fool system brainwashing, that you are UN-able to accept the correct answer. For those whose eyes are open, there is overwhelming evidence that the criminalization of REAL MILK is part of a studied race war against Caucasians. Adulterating and polluting our birthright = milk and honey = is one of the ways our mortal enemies are attacking our very nutrition, especially, the ability to reproduce. For those who say “it can’t happen here, take a good hard look at the real holocaust : the Holomordor under Stalin. And thank the revisionist historians for finally getting the truth out …same guys you revile as “racists”. Just a mere co-incidence that the Commissars who carried out that genocide were – to a man – antichrists? Hardly.
    if you are sincerely interested in answering your own question, start studying the case that Dr Henry Makow has compiled against them

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