Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 40

Drug War or Class War?

EPPTo understand the nature of the drug war, one must turn to history, and notably, the history of prohibition in the United States, directed against what were called the "dangerous classes," such as poor immigrants and workers, Mexicans and blacks. Prohibition of drugs is a method of social control, turning a potentially rebellious population into a 'criminal' population, poised for imprisonment and exploitation. The drug war itself is part of an international cartel of organized crime with the money leading right up to the major American banks, while the poor and largely black and Hispanic populations that use drugs are sent into the prison-industrial complex to be removed from society or used as cheap labor. Prohibition and drug wars are programs for a class war on the "dangerous classes," when the most dangerous class is the one that profits from the drug war itself.

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  1. Thanks, Andrew. I especially dug this podcast.

    After your review of the film Sin Nombre, your rant on racism as a tool for the power structures was excellent. And led back to your portrayal of the War of Drugs, which is integrated with the War of Terror.

    I have a childhood friend, who, like me, grew up in government housing. He eventually moved to Tucson and is now very caught up, in my opinion, in the racism you talked about. I can see how it happens; when you are in a culture of racism it’s much easier to become racist.

    We had a pretty hard time a couple years ago, after I “replied-all” to an email he and his friends in AZ included me in. It was a typical racist rant about the Mexicans seeing a highway sign, upon entry to the US: “This way to government assistance.”, or something like that. Well, I let the whole group have it pretty good and had a pretty awful reaction from my friend and a few from his AZ racist culture.

    I still need to remind my non-Mexican friend that he too got that horrible government assistance at one time. And I’ve successfully moved the conversation to the larger issues of the Drug War and NAFTA, etc. People who don’t really want to leave their farms are being forced to come to the US to survive and support their families. They are not the ones we should blame. And as you said, Andrew, when we do blame them, we are only playing the tool for the establishment.

    Thanks again, for this podcast. I’m going to watch Sin Nombre again soon (it was excellent) and probably pass it on to my friend.

  2. flogchopsuey says:

    Insiders are making money off this system, and in 48 states they can operate anonymous shell corporations to help move their money around. Congress sits on its hands. Wonder why? Here’s a link to an article on it by Cyrus Vance Jr: http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/10/09/its-time-to-eliminate-anonymous-shell-companies/

  3. Thanks for the link to that article, flogchopsuey. That would be an interesting subject/topic for further investigation here at BFP.

    Mr. Bergman, do you have any thoughts about the anonymous shell company situation in the US? One of the commentators at the original Reuters blog posting mentions the use of them by the D and R political parties. Is there any valid reason for anonymity of the owners?

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