Part 2: Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong

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http://democracynow.org – Watch Part 2 of our conversation with British journalist Johann Hari about the century-old failed drug war and how much of what we know about addiction is wrong. Over…

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  1. Obviously many (illegal) drug users are self-medicating for a myriad of
    problems. I agree with the movement to take the money spent on “The War on
    Drugs” and put it into the Health Care System. Specifically Mental Health.
    Stay safe.

  2. I remain pessimistic.. The takeaway I get from this is that in the end, the
    planets most influential and most powerful structures (governments) know
    the truth, have known the truth, in fact gave birth to this lie and have
    fostered it for a century, funded it, passed laws to manage and feed it,
    have created dependent institutions that rely on it to support it (prison
    system), use it’s fallout to create laws to exert continued power over the
    people, extracted monies to fund the entire global aparatus ‘to fight’
    against it. It steals and crushes the lives of millions upon millions of
    people as if the lives are simply the lubricant and fuel to keep the
    machine in operation.

    If the base truth is known and no government that counts (except Portugal
    and Switzerland) has cared to do anything contrary to the status quo, then
    fundamentally, nothing is going to change.

    I feel good for this interview, but again, what it has essentially told me
    is that we are all being played, purposefully so, and have always been
    played.

    Gosh, I’m so stressed…hmm..what to reach for to help calm the nerves….
    *sniff-sniff*

  3. War on Drugs – lol. Hard to fight a war on drugs when Oliver North was
    smuggling tons of coke into Florida. And don’t tell me shit like that ain’t
    still happening. 

  4. The prison industrial complex benefits from the war on drugs greatly,
    companies privatizing prisons and extorting labor for wages as low as
    china’s sweatshop labor, without any labor rights for the prisoners, who
    are locked into their job for 10-20 years, just for the possession of a
    little pot, and from my knowledge, is kept alive (food and such) through
    tax payer money.

  5. Well worth the 11 minutes of your time. I concur with his analysis on how
    to better deal with an Addictive society. Truth, Education, and Love are
    the key ingredients.

  6. Another title could be “Socially Engineering the Consumer: Systematic
    stress in the free market economy.”

  7. i came to same conclusion, its why most addiction treatment centers don’t
    work. u go to exclusive resort for treatment and come back home to no job =
    back to drugs.

  8. http://democracynow.org – Watch Part 2 of our conversation with British
    journalist Johann Hari about the century-old failed drug war and how much
    of what we know about addiction is wrong. Over the past four years, Hari
    has traveled to the United States, Mexico, Canada, Uruguay and Portugal to
    research his new book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the
    War of Drugs.”

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