The Nation: Dare to End the War on Drugs
In the Dec. 27th issue of the Nation, the cover story is "Dare to End the War on Drugs." It's about the need to rebalance our drug policy. Almost the entire issue is devoted to the topic. If you care about our failed war on drugs, this issue seems like a winner.
Nearly forty years after President Nixon declared a "war on drugs," it is painfully clear that the nation's approach to drug policy is counterproductive and cruel. Shifting our priorities toward a more sensible approach—one that offers treatment rather than punishment for addicts, and that recognizes the deep injustice of mass incarceration—seems like a daunting task. But as the writers in this forum suggest, we have all the answers and resources we need. If ever there was a time to say enough is enough, it's now.
Participants include: [More...]
- Ethan Nadelmann, "Breaking the Taboo"
- Marc Mauer, "Beyond the Fair Sentencing Act"
- Bruce Western, "Decriminalizing Poverty"
- Tracy Velázquez, "The Verdict on Drug Courts"
- David Cole, "Restoring Lost Liberties"
- Laura Carlsen, "A New Model for Mexico"
There's also Obama's Drug War by Michelle Alexander.
One article asks:
Could this be the beginning of the end of the drug war, a war that has reportedly cost more than $1 trillion in the past few decades, with little to show for it beyond millions who have been branded criminals and felons, ushered behind bars and then released into a permanent second-class status? More than 30 million people have been arrested since 1982, when President Reagan turned Nixon's rhetorical "war against drugs" into a literal war against poor people of color.
If you are not a Nation subscriber, this is one issue you should get at the newstand.
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