It’s Time for Silicon Valley To Finish Its Task of Interfering With the Racist Drug War
It Has Actually Been Racist From The Start and Bigotry Can not End Till It Does
By– Richard Cowan
Mark Zuckerberg, the Icarus of the Internet, is discussing his own workers about whether Facebook must be accountable for correcting the lies of certain high ranking politicians. The answer appears obvious, however are they really prepared to pick which lies require their individual attention?
Icarus was reversed by trying to fly too expensive and to be above everything, but there is another Greek misconception that is more ¨ down to Earth ¨ actually.
As I enjoy the seemingly inexhaustible torrent of prohibitionist propaganda, I am reminded of the Greek misconception about Hercules and the stables of King Augeas.
The term “Augean stables” implies a huge mess, because King Augeas had a huge number of cattle, which were rounded up into the stables every night, however no one tidied up after them. (Federal governments always expect other individuals to do their grunt work.)
As an effect, the stables overflowed with what the Greeks called “drug education.”
As in Hercules’ time, the government supplies the fodder at one end, and the other end– the Greeks called it the “media”– produced the inevitable product. It stank to high heaven, however it seemed difficult to do anything about it.
You could not smell it from the better neighborhoods, and besides, if everyone who lived near the stables would just stop breathing, it would not be an issue.
As the story goes, Hercules was offered the task of cleaning the stables, but he had to do it all in only one day. Plainly not even he might shovel that quickly, and I understand simply how he needs to have felt.
Being a superhero, Hercules handled the accomplishment, and the method he did it gives me hope. He diverted a couple of rivers to stream through the stables and flushed them out.
Meanwhile back in the real life, what does this involve the war on us? What are the “rivers” that we can divert?
One clue really originates from the myth. When King Augeas refused to pay Hercules, as he had actually promised he would, the king’s child informed the fact, and was banished for doing so.
( He was sent to a place the Greeks called “rehab”, which he stated advised him of his daddy’s stables.)
Naturally, not all BS is legendary, nor is it localized. Fortunately, we have something more universal than the Greek rivers: the Web. Meanwhile back in the real world, the American individuals are getting fed up with the smell of the lies that are being informed to them– allegedly to protect them.
For apparent reasons, the existing crisis in the ” criminal justice system ¨is focused on race, but it must likewise be apparent that these problems are inextricably linked to what we call the Drug War. Second, the Drug War is a “tradition” of the world that Silicon Valley, aka the Web, has actually partially disrupted and now it needs to finish the task.
The Drug War, and Marijuana Restriction, (it’s a ¨ function, not a bug ¨ )are still supported by a massive propaganda campaign mislabeled as Drug Education. Just the Drug Czar ´ s office (Workplace of National Drug Control Policy) has a budget plan of $3791 million.
Also, the 2019 Budget for the National Institute for Drug Abuse was $1,419,844,000 None of this money was for actual ¨ law enforcement”. And how would we represent the $3.4 billion to pay for housing federal drug war prisoners?
However the best economic 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,” scientist Bruce Western “discovered that incarceration can completely change a person’s life course, interrupt essential life shifts, and damage access to steady employment. Imprisonment can likewise hugely effect future economic stability and wage earning. The study took a look at boys who were incarcerated in prison or prison in between 1979 and 1998.
According to Western’s research study, the loss of profits happens partly due to the fact that wages increase at a slower rate following imprisonment.
And think what … Blacks are almost 4 times as likely to be jailed for cannabis as whites, even though marijuana usage rates are really similar. And the history of cannabis prohibition is absurdly racist.
Anyone who wishes to discuss racism in America, and particularly racism and the police, must face the Drug War and cannabis prohibition or they are simply poseurs.
Anybody who discusses defunding the authorities and protecting minority communities without attending to the Drug War, starting with marijuana prohibition, is simply avoiding the difficult decisions that need to be made. Silicon Valley is everything about information so please simply look at the numbers. Equal Justice for All should be equal for all, or it will not compute.
It interfered with the old journalism and the old political order.
Speak, yell, scream, text, Tweet and email however make yourself heard. It is actually at your fingertips.
What have you provided for liberty today?
– Richard Cowan is a previous NORML National Director and co-founder of Genuine Tested CBD. Find more stories from Richard Cowan