The War on Drugs

12.31.2018 - By Those Conspiracy Guys

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MAIN EPISODEOn this episode we talk about an issue that permeates the fabric of society in almost every way possible and is considered a long term malicious attacks on American society and one of the most insidious systems of class based justice ever created; The War on Drugs.In the 1970s America was facing a crisis; a moral and social cancer that threatened the American way of life. Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs to combat their corrosive effect on the youth of America. Others claim it was an attempt to maintain control on a population that was becoming wise to the marinations of the political elite and the culture those new citizens were growing up in had harmless party drugs at its centre.Laws and governmental organisations that exist today were created in this time and in the 1980s during the crack cocaine epidemic plaguing American cities; Reagan announced the Zero Tolerance policy which led to hundreds of thousands of young men and women being incarcerated for much longer than necessary. The prison industrial complex grew from this and instead of compassion for addiction, a punitive and unproductive policy of mass incarceration began in America.Vilifying drug addicts is one thing, but interfering in the politics of the countries where the drugs are grown throws a suspicious light on the motives behind this so called War on Drugs. The DEA and CIA were in the headlines thanks to whistle blowers like Gary Webb. We look at all this and how other countries, like Portugal, are leading the charge in the management of addiction and narcotic drug use.Joining me on this episode we have Edwin Sammon (@edwinsammon) and Adam Burke (@hardyharbray) if you want to find them online---LIVE SHOW ANNOUNCEMENTIm doing a LIVE SHOW as part of the Cork Podcast Festival this weekend on Saturday 12th October in Kino theatre in Cork City. The show starts at 6pm and you'll be well on your way home by 8pm; so click here to get your tickets. ---**CONTACT AND WEBSITE**Email - mailto:info@thoseconspiracyguys.comWebsite -**SUPPORT THE SHOW**This podcast is supported by the generous donations of the wonderful folks over at Patreon. You can get exclusive content, ad-free episodes, access to live chats and private social media like Instagram and Discord and a whole load of other stuff. Click the link here and choose your support level, and thanks :) Appreciate ya!Patreon -**SOCIAL MEDIA**Probably the most useful and well maintained social space for TCG fans is the Discord server so click the link below and join in the conversation with fellow fans. Send me a DM or post to episode specific channels yourself, share links, or join in discussions.Discord - is the one replying to all of the social media below so click the links here to be brought to the apps OR just search for 'thoseconspiracyguys' in any of these websites :D Some sites in this list are obviously more active than others but I read all messages sent to me, even though I may not reply straight away. Twitter - or find @tconspiracyguysFacebook - Instagram - or find @thoseconspiracyguysMinds -...

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