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TYT - Study shows drug war is not working... at all

TYT - Study shows drug war is not working... at all

(1:14) The war on drugs is an utter failure according to this stunning graph by documentary filmmaker Matt Groff. Question is, where has all that money gone?
Groff used the rate of addiction to illicit drugs from the US Department of Health and Human Services, pairing it with federal drug control budget spending numbers from the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy.
Just to put things in perspective, one trillion is one thousand billions. That is equivalent to $1 every second for over 30,000 years! Do the maths.

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Guest: JoeTaicoon (1852 days ago)
I assume the point made is correct, but... please keep in mind that the graphs do not point to a definite conclusion. It could be that if money was not spent on the "drug war", the addiction level would have gone up rather than remained more or less constant. So, for conclusions THAT strong, you need stronger evidence.
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I assume the point made is correct, but... please keep in mind that the graphs do not point to a definite conclusion. It could be that if money was not spent on the "drug war", the addiction level would have gone up rather than remained more or less constant. So, for conclusions THAT strong, you need stronger evidence.
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Guest: Paloola (1852 days ago)
Spot on, young man. The fact is, we will have a market in drugs. It's no longer in question. Millions of dollars have not altered that. The only question is, who will run and benefit from this market? Will it be gangsters, or the government?
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Spot on, young man. The fact is, we will have a market in drugs. It's no longer in question. Millions of dollars have not altered that. The only question is, who will run and benefit from this market? Will it be gangsters, or the government?
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Guest: Kerry (1852 days ago)
Whats the difference?
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Whats the difference?
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Guest: Paloola (1851 days ago)
I appreciate your cynicism, but consider the differences between the alcohol market as it is now, and as it was when run by Al Capone. Now, if you want a bottle of wine, you just go to the store and buy one. You can be confident it is not laced with methanol or antifreeze. You don't have to bribe anyone or look over your shoulder or get beaten up. You are not committing a crime so you don't risk your reputation and livelihood. The only problem in fact is that apparently god does not want you to buy alcohol before noon on Sundays.
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I appreciate your cynicism, but consider the differences between the alcohol market as it is now, and as it was when run by Al Capone. Now, if you want a bottle of wine, you just go to the store and buy one. You can be confident it is not laced with methanol or antifreeze. You don't have to bribe anyone or look over your shoulder or get beaten up. You are not committing a crime so you don't risk your reputation and livelihood. The only problem in fact is that apparently god does not want you to buy alcohol before noon on Sundays.
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Guest: Paloola (1851 days ago)
Latest comment: A fair point, JoeTaicoon. There will never be *proof*, but there is current evidence from countries like Portugal and historical evidence from countries like the USA. Suppose we legalised, and then spending and usage went down. Perhaps if we had kept on at it, we would have discovered a cure for cancer. You can't *prove* otherwise, because it's counterfactual. In politics, you have to make best guess on available evidence.
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Latest comment: A fair point, JoeTaicoon. There will never be *proof*, but there is current evidence from countries like Portugal and historical evidence from countries like the USA. Suppose we legalised, and then spending and usage went down. Perhaps if we had kept on at it, we would have discovered a cure for cancer. You can't *prove* otherwise, because it's counterfactual. In politics, you have to make best guess on available evidence.
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