a bird and a bottle

News To Me
April 13, 2007, 11:39 am
Filed under: blogsturbation, civil rights, criminal justice, drug war, news & views, wider world

Apparently, not only is our War on Drugs devastating poor neighborhoods in communities of color in the U.S., it’s also hurting the poor in South America.

According to Benjamin Dangl’s new book, excerpted on AlterNet, the War on Drugs is hitting coca farmers, who are legal and unionized in Bolivia, particularly hard.

Admittedly, I haven’t read the whole book yet, only this excerpt, but I have to say that the thesis that the drug war is having that impact surprises me. I would think that by driving up the price of cocaine in the U.S., the drug war would help those farming it in South America. But I suppose that’s naive — it’s probably putting more money in the pockets of the importers but helping keep the farmers powerless to lobby for better protection and pay.

It’s an interesting – and unexpected – effect of disastrous domestic policy, and it’s worth checking out.

Oh, and check out my most recent post at LG&M.


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