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Published September 04, 2012 in Outreach by Sharon Harris
Recently the constitutionalist writer William Norman Grigg mentioned his opposition to the “narcotics price support program (sometimes dishonestly called the ‘War on Drugs’).”
“Narcotics price support program.” What a great phrase!
With the right audience, at the right moment, you can have fun – and open some minds – by declaring that you “oppose the Federal Narcotics Price Support Program.”
“The what?” you’ll be asked.
“The Federal Narcotics Price Support Program. I’m sure you’re familiar with it.” Pause a moment, then add helpfully: “It’s sometimes misleadingly called the War on Drugs.”
From there, you can quickly explain how the War on Drugs, by creating a black market in illegal drugs, keeps the prices of illegal drugs artificially high and allows violent criminals to become wealthy by selling them.
Here are some variations on this idea.
You can state your opposition to the Federal Drug Lord Subsidy Program, or the Federal Drug Gang Subsidy Program, or the Mexican Drug Cartel Subsidy Program, and so forth.
You can declare your support for ending all federal subsidies to drug gangs, drug cartels, and drug lords.
You can refer to the War on Drugs as a “federal subsidy to organized crime.”
For some supporting information, here’s a short article from Reason magazine on the connection between violence, organized crime, and the War on Drugs.
Here’s a wonderful short article by the great Harry Browne on the same topic.
It's all summed up in this remarkable quote from former federal narcotics officer Michael Levine, who summarizes what he learned during his undercover work with Colombian cocaine cartels: "I learned that not only did they not fear our war on drugs, they counted on it to increase the market price and to weed out the smaller, inefficient drug dealers. They found U.S. interdiction efforts laughable. The only U.S. action they feared was an effective demand reduction program. On one undercover tape-recorded conversation, a top cartel chief, Jorge Roman, expressed his gratitude for the drug war, calling it 'a sham put on for the American taxpayer' that was actually 'good for business.'"