It’s Time for Silicon Valley To Complete Its Job of Interrupting the Racist Drug War
It Has Actually Been Racist From The Start and Bigotry Can not End Up Until It Does
By– Richard Cowan
Mark Zuckerberg, the Icarus of the Internet, is disputing his own workers about whether Facebook should be responsible for remedying the lies of certain high ranking politicians. The response appears apparent, however are they actually prepared to choose which lies require their personal attention?
Icarus was undone by trying to fly expensive and to be above everything, but there is another Greek myth that is more ¨ down to Earth ¨ literally.
As I watch the apparently limitless gush of prohibitionist propaganda, I am advised of the Greek misconception about Hercules and the stables of King Augeas.
The term “Augean stables” means a big mess, due to the fact that King Augeas had a large number of livestock, which were herded into the stables every night, but no one cleaned up after them. (Governments always expect other individuals to do their grunt work.)
As a repercussion, 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 inescapable item. It stank to high heaven, but it seemed difficult to do anything about it.
Many people stated it was beneath their self-respect even to think about it, although not believing did not stop them from writing about it. They said that the only factor that it stank was due to the fact that some people complained about the smell. You could not smell it from the much better areas, and besides, if everyone who lived near the stables would just stop breathing, it wouldn’t be a problem. Possibly the king could send out in soldiers to put their knees on individuals’s throats, but that was rejected as bad PR.
As the story goes, Hercules was offered the job of cleaning up the stables, but he had to do it all in just one day. Plainly not even he could shovel that quick, and I understand simply how he needs to have felt.
Being a superhero, Hercules handled the task, and the method he did it provides me hope. He diverted a couple of rivers to flow through the stables and flushed them out.
Meanwhile back in the real life, what does this have to do with the war on us? What are the “rivers” that we can divert?
One clue in fact originates from the misconception. When King Augeas declined to pay Hercules, as he had actually promised he would, the king’s child informed the truth, and was exiled for doing so.
( He was sent out to a place the Greeks called “rehab”, which he stated advised him of his father’s stables.)
Meanwhile back in the real world, the American people 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 concentrated on race, however it ought to also be apparent that these issues are inextricably connected to what we call the Drug War. Second, the Drug War is a “legacy” of the world that Silicon Valley, aka the Internet, has actually partially interrupted and now it should end up the task.
The Drug War, and Marijuana Prohibition, (it’s a ¨ function, not a bug ¨ )are still supported by an enormous propaganda campaign mislabeled as Drug Education. Simply the Drug Czar ´ s office (Office of National Drug Control Policy) has a budget plan of $3791 million.
The 2019 Spending Plan for the National Institute for Drug Abuse was $1,419,844,000 None of this cash was for real ¨ police”. And how would we represent the $3.4 billion to spend for housing federal drug war detainees?
The biggest financial 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 Imprisonment on Wage Movement and Inequality,” researcher Bruce Western “discovered that incarceration can completely alter a person’s life course, interrupt crucial life shifts, and ruin access to constant employment.
According to Western’s study, the loss of revenues occurs partially due to the fact that wages increase at a slower rate following incarceration.
And think what … Blacks are practically 4 times as most likely to be arrested for cannabis as whites, although marijuana use rates are very comparable. And the history of cannabis prohibition is ridiculously racist.
Anybody who wishes to discuss racism in America, and specifically bigotry and the authorities, need to confront the Drug War and cannabis prohibition or they are just poseurs.
Anyone who talks about defunding the cops and defending minority neighborhoods without resolving the Drug War, beginning with cannabis prohibition, is just avoiding the challenging choices that have to be made.
There is no group worldwide that has higher real power over the public discourse than the tech neighborhood. It interfered with the old journalism and the old political order. Now it can not pretend to be versus bigotry and yet overlook the method the world actually works. If Zuckerberg and Dorsey remain in the headlines, then everybody else should be on the frontlines, or they are AWOL.
Speak, scream, shout, 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